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MEDIA ADVISORY: COVID-19 Update

March 21, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COVID-19 Update

FLORENCE, Ky. — Currently, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kentucky is now 63, an increase from yesterday’s total of 47. Among these 63 cases, there have been two deaths.

At the state level, Governor Andy Beshear has asked superintendents to keep schools closed to in-person learning until Monday, April 20. The tax filing deadline for Kentucky has been extended to July 15, the same date as the new federal tax filing deadline. Industry in Kentucky has joined the fight against COVID-19. Bourbon distillers are now making hand sanitizer, and Toyota is preparing to manufacture hospital respirators.

In Northern Kentucky, there has been one confirmed case of COVID-19 diagnosed, but we anticipate more cases. There are likely people in the community who are infected, but have mild symptoms. This is why it is critical Northern Kentuckians take preventative steps and follow social distancing recommendations.

At this time, there are a limited number of tests available, and health care providers and systems need to be prudent in determining who should be tested. However, samples from Northern Kentucky are submitted daily to the state and commercial labs. Tests may become more widely available as the situation evolves, but right now there are effective steps each one of us must take to protect ourselves and prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water, and keep your hands away from your face.
  • Avoid being within six feet of others (social distancing).
  • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, stay home and call your health care provider. If it is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.Your health care provider will determine if you should be tested for COVID-19.

NKY Health has been actively responding to the COVID-19 crisis for months. We continue to provide guidance and collaborate with local officials, health care providers, first responders, schools, businesses, social service agencies, and others, as well as respond to a high volume of questions from the public. We are also coordinating the distribution of personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile to health care providers and first responders. Additionally, staff track testing conducted throughout Northern Kentucky, and investigate actual and suspected cases to identify contacts with exposures, and provide instructions on actions to take to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community.

NKY Health will continue to take the actions necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 page on www.nkyhealth.org or www.kycovid19.ky.gov. You can also call Kentucky’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725. The Governor’s press releases are available here: https://governor.ky.gov/news

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The Northern Kentucky Health Department provides high quality public health services to more than 400,000 residents of Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties, with a goal of preventing disease, promoting wellness and protecting against health threats. The Health Department seeks to be a nationwide leader in public health, and was one of the first in the country to earn national public health accreditation. For more information, visit www.nkyhealth.org.