MEDIA ADVISORY: 126 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Updated Guidance on Masks

April 5, 2020


FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 5, 13 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 126 total cases. There are 61 cases in Kenton County, 32 cases in Campbell County, 28 cases in Boone County and 5 cases in Grant County. There have been six total deaths related to COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their guidance on the wearing of masks by the general public. According to the CDC, wearing a cloth mask in public settings (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing may help slow COVID-19’s spread. The CDC also advises the use of cloth masks by individuals who unknowingly could spread the disease before they experience symptoms.

According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “While wearing a cloth mask in some circumstances can be helpful in preventing the spread of COVID-19, it is NO substitute for social distancing, including maintaining a distance of at least six feet from others, hand hygiene, and staying healthy at home. Additionally, the general public should not wear surgical or N-95 masks. These scarce resources MUST be reserved for first responders and health care workers.” For more information on the use of cloth masks, please visit https://chfs.ky.gov/agencies/dph/covid19/guidanceonclothfacemasks.pdf

If you have personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and other supplies to donate to first responders and health care workers, please visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/TeamKentucky/PPE

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.