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MEDIA ADVISORY: 72 Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Northern Kentucky

April 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

72 Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Northern Kentucky

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 31 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for a total of 72 cases. This includes individuals who were tested previously, but whose positive test results were presumptive and are now confirmed. There are 36 cases in Kenton County, 18 cases in Campbell County, 16 cases in Boone County and 2 cases in Grant County. There have been 3 reported deaths.

Cases will continue to be identified in Northern Kentucky through testing, but more often people 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. If you have not been tested, but have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by your health care provider, the instructions for care are the same. If you have mild symptoms, you must stay home, take fever-reducing medications and avoid others. If symptoms become more serious, you should seek emergency care. Additionally, it is important that you inform those you have been in close contact with, letting them know they have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor for symptoms.

According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “This is a serious and significant increase in cases in Northern Kentucky.  I cannot stress it enough – The most crucial intervention for preventing the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing – staying home and away from other people.” By social distancing, we are not only keeping ourselves and our families safe, but we are also protecting first responders, health care professionals, long term care workers and others who are working hard to serve our loved ones.

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.