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MEDIA ADVISORY: 410 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Health Care Services Reopening

April 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 26, 9 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 410 total cases. There are 207 cases in Kenton County, 77 cases in Campbell County, 110 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/

On Monday, April 27, non-urgent/emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services may resume, provided they can implement new practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Settings that may open include health care clinics and medical offices, physical therapy offices, optometry offices, and dental offices.  According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Resuming certain health care services is part of the Governor’s Phase I Reopening Plan. Things may look a little different at your next health visit, so it is important to check with your provider on how you should prepare.” Practices health care providers must put into place include, but are not limited to:

  • Maximize tele-health rather than in-person visits.
  • Allow no visitors except for when it is absolutely necessary, such as end of life care and minors.
  • Eliminate traditional waiting areas and use alternatives such as a “parking lot lobby.”
  • Screen all staff and patients for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival.
  • All health care staff and patients must wear face masks.

For more information on the Phase I Health Care Services Reopening, please visit https://bit.ly/2zAlfnL.

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. 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.