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MEDIA ADVISORY: 646 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; COVID-19 is Everyone’s Business

May 6, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

646 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; COVID-19 is Everyone’s Business

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 18 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 646 total cases. There are 334 cases in Kenton County, 105 cases in Campbell County, 182 cases in Boone County and 25 cases in Grant County. This includes two new COVID-19 related deaths. The individuals were two Kenton County residents in their 80s and 90s. Our thoughts are with their loved ones during this difficult time. There have been 42 total deaths related to COVID-19. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

As Northern Kentucky businesses are preparing for reopening, and ensuring their operations are safe for both employees and customers, the general public needs to do their part by staying vigilant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “As businesses are planning and implementing healthy at work practices, all of us must continue to do our part to prevent COVID-19. COVID-19 is everyone’s business, and by working together, we may be able to prevent the next surge in cases.” Here are actions we all must take to prevent COVID-19:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used/touched surfaces and objects often.
  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Keep a physical distance of at least six feet from others.
  • In situations where it may be hard to maintain physical distancing, wear a cloth mask.

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.