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MEDIA ADVISORY: 186 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; 14 COVID-19 Related Deaths

April 10, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

186 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; 14 COVID-19 Related Deaths

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 10, 8 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 186 total cases. There are 85 cases in Kenton County, 42 cases in Campbell County, 48 cases in Boone County and 11 cases in Grant County. This includes one new death. The individual was a Boone County resident over 80 years of age. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this difficult time. There have been 14 total deaths related to COVID-19. For more details, please visit https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus/

As we move into the holiday weekend, it is critical that we maintain social distancing and stay healthy at home. Our celebrations may look different this year, but this is what we must do to win the fight against COVID-19. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Just because we have to be apart physically during this holiday weekend doesn’t mean that we can’t remain connected to our family and friends.” Here are some ways you can celebrate with your loved ones remotely during this time:

  • Use FaceTime, Skype or other technology to talk to and see family and friends.
  • Prepare and send cards to loved ones.
  • Participate in online church services.
  • Take and share pictures.

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. Even without testing, a health care provider can tell a patient if they think they have COVID-19, and provide the same instructions for care. If you have mild symptoms, you must stay home, take fever-reducing medications and avoid others. Additionally, it is important that you inform those with whom you have had close contact that they have been exposed to COVID-19, should monitor for symptoms, and stay at home. Learn how to prevent the spread of the virus in your home at https://bit.ly/3dBMfCO. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.

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.