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MEDIA ADVISORY: 480 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Guidance for Businesses

April 29, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

480 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Guidance for Businesses

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, 32 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 480 total cases. There are 245 cases in Kenton County, 86 cases in Campbell County, 129 cases in Boone County and 20 cases in Grant County. There have been 34 total deaths related to COVID-19. For more data on COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

As the Governor has determined the certain businesses that will be allowed to reopen on May 11 and May 20, it is important that plans are put in place for addressing the 10 rules that he has established.  These are the rules that essential businesses should have already implemented, and other businesses will need to implement upon reopening. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “When businesses begin to reopen, following these rules will promote a safe and healthy workplace, protecting both workers and customers, and preventing the spread of COVID-19.” The Governor’s 10 rules are as follows:

  • Continue telework where possible.
  • Implement a phased return to work (i.e. do not bring all employees back at the same time).
  • Conduct onsite temperature and health checks at least once per shift.
  • Ensure employees wear masks and any other necessary personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Close common areas, such as waiting rooms, cafeterias, break rooms, etc.
  • Enforce social distancing for both employees and customers.
  • Limit face-to-face meetings.
  • Ensure plenty of hand sanitizer is available, and/or set up hand washing stations.
  • Provide special accommodations for high-risk staff.
  • Have a plan for testing employees for COVID-19.

For more information, 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.

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.

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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.