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MEDIA ADVISORY: 628 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; St. Elizabeth Drive-Thru Testing

May 5, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

628 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; St. Elizabeth Drive-Thru Testing

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, 26 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 628 total cases. There are 326 cases in Kenton County, 101 cases in Campbell County, 176 cases in Boone County and 25 cases in Grant County. There have been 40 total deaths related to COVID-19. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

St. Elizabeth Healthcare will offer free drive-thru COVID-19 testing 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15. The drive-thru testing site will be located at the Atlantic Corporate Center at 25 Atlantic Ave., Erlanger, KY 41018. Tests will be provided by appointment only. Beginning Friday, May 8, individuals in need of a COVID-19 test can call 1-800-737-7900. This drive-thru testing site is in addition to the expanded testing available at five different St. Elizabeth facilities in Northern Kentucky.  According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “As testing becomes more available throughout Northern Kentucky, we will get a better picture of the spread of COVID-19 in the region, and will be better able to prevent its spread through isolation of cases and contact tracing and quarantine.”

If you are experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, contact your 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.