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MEDIA ADVISORY: 547 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Preventing COVID-19 in Essential Businesses

May 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

547 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Preventing COVID-19 in Essential Businesses

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 1, 42 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 547 total cases. There are 274 cases in Kenton County, 91 cases in Campbell County, 158 cases in Boone County and 24 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.

It is clear that COVID-19 continues to spread in Northern Kentucky. As we plan for non-essential businesses to reopen, it is critical that essential businesses consistently implement practices to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as well. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “As positive cases continue to be reported, COVID-19 is everyone’s business. Businesses must take action to keep both employees and customers healthy and safe.” Practices businesses should implement include:

  • Conduct temperature and symptom checks at least once per shift for all employees and visitors. Anyone with a fever above 100° F, or symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath and diarrhea, should be isolated and sent home immediately.
  • Clean and disinfect all frequently touched objects and surfaces often.
  • Ensure the distance between workers and customers, and between individual customers, is maintained at six feet.
  • Ensure sufficient availability of hand washing (soap and water) and hand sanitizer.
  • Provide appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) to workers (cloth face masks and greater PPE as needed due to situation).

For more information and resources, please visit NKY Health’s COVID-19 Businesses and Organizations page at https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus/downloads-and-resources-businesses-organizations/.

Any resident of Northern Kentucky who develops a fever, cough or difficulty breathing should stay home and call their health care provider for further instructions. If you are tested, you will need to stay at home and away from others. If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to remain at home away from others and will be contacted by NKY Health. NKY Health will determine if individuals with whom you have had close contact 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 pandemic 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 provided by the Commonwealth to approved 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.