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MEDIA ADVISORY: 952 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; COVID-19 is Still Here

May 18, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 18, 20 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 952 total cases. There are 441 cases in Kenton County, 128 cases in Campbell County, 351 cases in Boone County and 32 cases in Grant County. This includes four new deaths related to COVID-19. The individuals were two Kenton County residents in their 80s and two Boone County residents in their 80s and 90s. Our thoughts are with their loved ones during this time. There have been 55 total deaths related to COVID-19. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

As businesses continue to reopen in Kentucky, we cannot forget that COVID-19 is still here. Cases increase daily, and will continue to do so until there is a vaccine. According to Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, “As we go back to work and our contact with others increase, it may seem normal, but don’t be fooled. It is not normal.  COVID-19 continues to spread in Northern Kentucky. I cannot stress this enough – it is critically important now more than ever to not become lax in protecting ourselves.” We must continue to prevent COVID-19 by taking these steps:

  • Wash hands often.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes.
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch objects and surfaces often (e.g. phones, doorknobs, light switches, bathroom and kitchen counters, etc.)
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.
  • Wear a cloth face covering in public.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Stay home when 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.