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MEDIA ADVISORY:  41 Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Northern Kentucky; Addressing COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

March 31, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 41 Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Northern Kentucky; Addressing COVID-19 in Long-Term Care Facilities

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 4 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for a total of 41 cases. There are 22 cases in Kenton County, 9 cases in Campbell County, 9 cases in Boone County and 1 case in Grant County. Additionally, a third presumptive death from COVID-19 has been reported. The individual was a Campbell County resident over 80 years of age with multiple underlying health issues. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this difficult time.

One of our most vulnerable populations is individuals over the age of 60. The Northern Kentucky Health Department continues to work with long-term care facilities to ensure the implementation of the following guidance from the Kentucky Department for Public Health:

  • Restrict non-essential personnel from entering the building, including volunteers and non-essential consultant personnel.
  • Screen all staff providers at the beginning of their shift for fever and respiratory symptoms. Staff should be prohibited from working unless they have been screened at the start of every shift.
  • For all residents, daily record temperature and document absence or change in other symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath.
  • If staff are ill, immediately have them put on a facemask and self-isolate at home.
  • Cancel group activities or plan activities where people can stay 6 feet away from each other.
  • Cancel communal dining or have residents eat in the dining room in smaller groups so that they can stay 6 feet away from each other.
  • Limit the movement of residents around the facility.

According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “It’s important to remember that we are not only social distancing to protect ourselves and our families, but also healthcare and long-term care facility workers as well. It’s important that we keep them safe so they can serve our loved ones and the most vulnerable in our community.”

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.