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MEDIA ADVISORY: 420 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Use of Face Masks to Prevent COVID-19

April 27, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

420 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Use of Face Masks to Prevent COVID-19

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 27, 10 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 420 total cases. There are 210 cases in Kenton County, 79 cases in Campbell County, 114 cases in Boone County and 17 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 plans for reopening are being developed, we all need to become comfortable with the idea of wearing cloth masks in public. While wearing a cloth mask does not replace all of the other things we must do to prevent the spread of disease, such as washing hands often, not touching our faces, frequent cleaning and disinfecting, and physically distancing ourselves, it is an important tool we must use. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Wearing a cloth mask in public settings where it can be difficult to maintain social distancing, such as grocery stores, can help people who may have the virus and do not know it from spreading it to others.” If we all wear a cloth mask in public, we keep others safe as they keep us safe, and that helps us move closer to reopening businesses. For more information on how to properly wear cloth masks, as well as make one at home, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

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.