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MEDIA ADVISORY: 226 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Drive-Thru Testing

April 14, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

226 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Drive-Thru Testing

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, 18 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 226 total cases. There are 101 cases in Kenton County, 50 cases in Campbell County, 61 cases in Boone County and 14 cases in Grant County. 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/

On Wednesday, April 15, a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site, an effort by the Governor’s Office, Kroger and Gravity Diagnostics, will open at Summit View Academy (5006 Madison Pike Independence, Ky.). Testing at this site will take place until Saturday, April 18. Only those that have an appointment will receive testing. Individuals can determine their eligibility, as well as schedule an appointment, at www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing or by calling 1-888-852-2567.

According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, only individuals with symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) should receive testing. “Testing is NOT recommended for individuals who do not have symptoms associated with COVID-19. This is because even if the individual was exposed to COVID-19, they might not yet have enough of the virus in their system to produce a positive test result. Someone may test negative, only to become ill a few days later, potentially unknowingly spreading COVID-19 to their close contacts.”

If you are not able to schedule an appointment for drive-thru testing, and 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.