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MEDIA ADVISORY: 208 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; What is Contact Tracing?

April 13, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

208 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; What is Contact Tracing?

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 208 total cases. There are 97 cases in Kenton County, 45 cases in Campbell County, 54 cases in Boone County and 12 cases in Grant County. There have also been four new deaths reported in Northern Kentucky. The individuals were two Kenton County residents, in their 60s and 80s, and two Campbell County residents in their 80s. All four individuals had underlying medical conditions. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this difficult time. There have been 18 total deaths related to COVID-19. For more data on COVID-19 infections in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus/

“Contact tracing” is a term you may have heard in the media recently. What exactly is contact tracing? According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Contact tracing is an essential public health service that we provide for many infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Contact tracing involves tracking positive cases of COVID-19, identifying individuals who may have been exposed to a case, and contacting them to provide further instructions on actions they need to take for themselves and to protect others, such as quarantining and monitoring for symptoms.” Contact tracing is not a new idea, but rather one of the many tools that NKY Health uses on a daily basis to prevent the spread of disease in the community.

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. If you have personal protective equipment to donate, please visit https://secure.kentucky.gov/formservices/TeamKentucky/PPE.

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. To report observations of non-compliance with the restrictions on workplaces and public gathering, call 1-833-KYSAFER.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.