MEDIA ADVISORY: 155 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Social Distancing Over the Holidays

April 7, 2020


155 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Social Distancing Over the Holidays

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 14 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 155 total cases. There are 75 cases in Kenton County, 37 cases in Campbell County, 34 cases in Boone County and 9 cases in Grant County. There have been 13 total deaths related to COVID-19.

Tomorrow is the beginning of Passover, and Easter is on Sunday. As we are preparing for these holidays, we still need to maintain social distancing. Staying healthy at home means staying at home. We cannot visit other homes or invite people to ours. All of us need to avoid gatherings and groups of people. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “In order to continue to fight the spread of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, it is critical that we continue social distancing and stay healthy at home. This means that our holidays have to look different this year. Take the time now to think about new ways to celebrate your family’s traditions that will keep you safe, and plan for celebrations that can take place once the threat from COVID-19 is over.”

At this time, there are a 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 that 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.