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MEDIA ADVISORY: 602 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; “Healthy at Work” Guidance

May 4, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

602 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; “Healthy at Work” Guidance

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 4, 17 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 602 total cases. There are 309 cases in Kenton County, 97 cases in Campbell County, 172 cases in Boone County and 24 cases in Grant County. This includes six new COVID-19 related deaths. The individuals were two Kenton County residents in their 80s, two Kenton County residents in their 90s, one Boone County resident in their 70s and one Boone County resident in their 80s. Our thoughts are with their loved ones during this difficult time. There have been 40 total deaths related to COVID-19. For more data on COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

As plans and timelines for reopening businesses in Kentucky are established, the Governor’s Office has posted new guidance explaining the minimal requirements for all businesses to implement, whether they have been allowed to remain open or if they are planning to reopen. This information can be found at https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-healthy-at-work. Additional guidance has also been posted for specific businesses permitted to reopen on May 11. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Plans for being ‘Healthy at Work’ are underway. We are glad to hear that businesses here in Northern Kentucky are taking this seriously and are creating plans to protect workers and customers alike. Implementing these plans is critically important to help keep Northern Kentuckians healthy and safe.”

If any Northern Kentuckian is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, they should contact their health care provider for further instructions. If you are tested for COVID-19, 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.