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MEDIA ADVISORY: 113 Cases of COVID-19, 6 COVID-19 Related Deaths in Northern Kentucky

April 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 8 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 113 total cases. There are 54 cases in Kenton County, 27 cases in Campbell County, 27 cases in Boone County and 5 cases in Grant County. An additional death was reported today as well. The individual was a Boone County resident over 80 years of age. Our thoughts go out to the individual’s family during this difficult time. There have been six total deaths related to COVID-19.

One week ago, there were 26 cases and one death.

The best defense we have against COVID-19 is YOU,” says Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health. “The behaviors you change and the actions that you take will determine how many cases we will have and how many lives we will save in Northern Kentucky.”

At this time, there are a very limited number of tests available, and health care providers and systems are carefully determining who needs to be tested. 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. For individuals with no or mild symptoms, testing is not recommended.

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.