FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FLORENCE, Ky. — The first patient identified with COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky has died. The patient, a resident of Kenton County, was over 60 years of age and had underlying medical issues. “Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this very difficult time,” states Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health for the Northern Kentucky Health Department. “This sad event underscores our message now more than ever – all Northern Kentuckians need to maintain social distancing and stay healthy at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28, 2020, 3 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for a total of 26 cases. There have been 16 in Kenton County, 5 in Boone County, 4 in Campbell County and 1 in Grant County. For more information on COVID-19 activity in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/3dBMfCO.
Cases will continue to be identified in Northern Kentucky through testing, but there are even more people in the community who are ill at home. Some with symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, coughing and difficulty breathing) are being evaluated by their health care provider through telehealth visits. Even without testing, a health care provider can tell a patient if they think they have COVID-19, and will give the same instructions for care: Those with milder symptoms must stay home, avoid others, take fever reducing medications, and practice infection control at home. If symptoms become more serious, they should seek emergency care.
At this time, availability of tests is limited, and health care providers and systems are carefully determining who needs to be tested. For those with no or mild symptoms, testing is not recommended.
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. If you are ill and in isolation at home, learn how to prevent the spread of the virus in your home at https://bit.ly/3dBMfCO.
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 provide instructions to contacts who have had exposures to cases.
NKY Health continues to work with other response agencies and Northern Kentucky residents 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.