FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
37 Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Northern Kentucky; Second COVID-19 Related Death
FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2020, 8 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for a total of 37 cases. This includes Northern Kentucky’s first pediatric case, a resident of Boone County. There are 20 cases in Kenton County, 8 cases in Campbell County, 8 cases in Boone County and 1 case in Grant County. Additionally, there has been a second presumptive death from COVID-19. The individual is a Kenton County resident that was over 80 years of age and had underlying health issues. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this difficult time.
“It appears that the number of lab-confirmed cases is rapidly increasing,” says Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health. “If we are going to prevent the spread of COVID-19, every single one of us in Northern Kentucky must do better at social distancing and staying at home.”
As of 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, all non-essential businesses have been ordered to close to in-person traffic. The businesses that remain open must maintain social distancing guidelines, including maintaining a distance of at least six feet between people and sending sick employees home. For more information, please visit https://governor.ky.gov/attachments/20200325_Executive-Order_2020-257_Healthy-at-Home.pdf. To make a complaint about a business or situation that may be violating social distancing orders, please call 1-833-KYSAFER.
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://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus/downloads-and-resources/
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.