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MEDIA ADVISORY: 505 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Be Prepared When Businesses Reopen

April 30, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

505 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Be Prepared When Businesses Reopen

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, 25 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 505 total cases. There are 258 cases in Kenton County, 88 cases in Campbell County, 139 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 businesses in Kentucky prepare to reopen, it is important that we as customers also plan how we are going to stay safe. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Before going out, ask yourself if it is worth it.” If it is worth it, plan ahead to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others when out in public.
  • If conditions look unsafe or crowded, leave and come back later.
  • Wear a cloth face mask if social distancing is difficult. Be prepared at all times by carrying a cloth face mask with you.
  • Don’t touch your face – especially your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • When you return home, wash your hands.
  • Don’t go out if you are sick.

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.