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MEDIA ADVISORY: 254 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Guidance for Essential Businesses

April 17, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

254 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Guidance for Essential Businesses

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, 10 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 254 total cases. There are 118 cases in Kenton County, 52 cases in Campbell County, 70 cases in Boone County and 14 cases in Grant County. There were also two new deaths reported today. One individual was a Campbell County resident in their 90s. The other was a Kenton County resident in their 80s. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this difficult time. There have been 20 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/

As the Governor works out plans about when and how to reopen businesses and other organizations in accordance with the established benchmarks, it is important that essential businesses that are currently allowed to operate are taking action to ensure a safe and healthy workplace. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “There are steps that employees and employers must take to prevent COVID-19.” These steps include:

  • Staying home if you are sick, and sending home employees that become sick during the workday.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces often.
  • Practicing social distancing as work duties permit.
  • Proper hand hygiene and not sharing headsets or other objects that are used near the face.

For additional information, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/critical-workers/implementing-safety-practices.html

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. 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.