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MEDIA ADVISORY: 448 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Continue to Avoid Unnecessary Trips

April 28, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

448 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Continue to Avoid Unnecessary Trips 

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, 28 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 448 total cases. There are 225 cases in Kenton County, 83 cases in Campbell County, 121 cases in Boone County and 19 cases in Grant County. This includes six new deaths. The individuals were four Kenton County residents and two Campbell County residents, all over 75 years of age. There have been 34 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 are made to reopen businesses in Kentucky, people need to start thinking about how they will continue to stay safe as they go out in public. The first step will be asking yourself if the trip is necessary.  If so, be prepared for the trip – bring your face mask to wear in public, plan on staying six feet away from others, keep your hands away from your face, and when you return home, wash your hands for 20 seconds. It is important to recognize that cases of COVID-19 continue to be identified in Northern Kentucky. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Most of us are doing a good job of staying at home and social distancing, and we can tell that it has been working. In order to continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19, especially in the absence of an approved treatment or vaccine, avoid unnecessary trips. If you must go out, be prepared. Otherwise, stay healthy at home.”

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.