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MEDIA ADVISORY: 877 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Younger People Get Sick from COVID-19 Too

May 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

877 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Younger People Get Sick from COVID-19 Too

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, 43 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 877 total cases. There are 409 cases in Kenton County, 125 cases in Campbell County, 312 cases in Boone County and 31 cases in Grant County. There have been 51 total deaths related to COVID-19. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

While older adults and individuals with underlying medical issues, such as lung, kidney and heart issues, are most at risk for serious complications of COVID-19, younger adults can and do become sick with COVID-19. According to Dr. Saddler, District Director of Health, “Sixty-six (66%) of COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky are individuals less than 60 years of age. Additionally, 7% of hospitalizations are individuals under the age of 60. COVID-19 does not just affect the elderly – it affects all of us.” Prevent COVID-19 by washing hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, wearing a cloth mask in public, keeping six feet away from others, and staying home when you are sick.

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.