MEDIA ADVISORY: 780 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Children and COVID-19

May 12, 2020


780 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Children and COVID-19

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 35 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 780 total cases. There are 386 cases in Kenton County, 115 cases in Campbell County, 250 cases in Boone County and 29 cases in Grant County. This includes three new deaths associated with COVID-19. The individuals were three Boone County residents in their 70s, 80s and 90s. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this difficult time. There have been 50 total deaths related to COVID-19. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

While we are still learning about COVID-19, in general it appears that COVID-19 infections are less common and less serious in children. There have been reports, however, of children who have experienced complications, including an inflammatory syndrome with symptoms such as a rash; bloodshot eyes; red, swollen hands; red, cracked lips, stomach issues; and joint pain. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “It is important to remember that most children exposed to COVID-19 have no illness or very mild illness. If your child, however, has a persistent fever, is overly tired, or is not eating or drinking, contact your health care provider immediately.”

Anyone experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, should contact their health care provider for guidance and further instructions. If you are tested for COVID-19, you will need to stay at home and away from others. If you are a resident of Northern Kentucky, and 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 at 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.