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MEDIA ADVISORY: 401 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Considerations for Reopening

April 25, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 14 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 401 total cases. There are 205 cases in Kenton County, 71 cases in Campbell County, 109 cases in Boone County and 16 cases in Grant County. 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 discussions continue on how and when to reopen Kentucky, businesses must start thinking about how they can maintain a safe and healthy workplace to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Businesses will have to demonstrate that they have put into place practices that ensure both employees and customers are safe and minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 .” Practices should include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Daily temperature/symptom checks of all employees
  • Sanitation in accordance with CDC guidelines
  • Limiting close contact between employees

For additional information and considerations for businesses, please visit https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work.

Any resident of Northern Kentucky who develops a fever, cough or difficulty breathing should stay home and call their 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.