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MEDIA ADVISORY: 87 Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Northern Kentucky; 5 COVID-19 Related Deaths

April 2, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

87 Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Northern Kentucky; 5 COVID-19 Related Deaths

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 15 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for a total of 87 cases. There are 43 cases in Kenton County, 23 cases in Campbell County, 18 cases in Boone County and 3 cases in Grant County. Today, two additional deaths were also reported. One individual was a resident of Grant County and over 70 years of age. The other was a Kenton County resident and over 80 years of age. Both had underlying health issues. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this time. Total, there have been five reported deaths. For regularly updated data on COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus/

According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Many people have been asking us what they can do to help out health care workers and first responders in the fight against COVID-19. At this time, the single most helpful thing you can do is to stay healthy at home. By staying healthy at home, we are preventing the spread of COVID-19, and protecting those who are working so hard to serve us and those we love.”

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 with whom you have had close contact, letting them know they have been exposed to COVID-19, should monitor for symptoms, and stay at home.

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.