MEDIA ADVISORY: 336 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Increased Testing Capacity in KY

April 22, 2020


336 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Increased Testing Capacity in KY

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, 30 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 336 total cases. There are 174 cases in Kenton County, 59 cases in Campbell County, 88 cases in Boone County and 15 cases in Grant County. This includes one new COVID-19 related death. The individual was a Kenton County resident in their 90s. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this difficult time. There have been 28 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 announced by Governor Beshear during his daily press conference, testing capacity is increasing across Kentucky. While testing is an important tool in our fight against COVID-19, we must also take steps to prevent the need for a COVID-19 test in the first place. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “By keeping a distance of at least six feet from others, washing hands often, covering coughs and sneezes with a tissue, and avoiding contact with people who are sick, we are preventing the spread of COVID-19. This also decreases the likelihood we will get sick with COVID-19 and need a test.”

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.