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MEDIA ADVISORY: 999 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Take Precautions as Retail Reopens

May 20, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

999 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Take Precautions as Retail Reopens

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, 32 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 999 total cases. There are 470 cases in Kenton County, 132 cases in Campbell County, 363 cases in Boone County and 34 cases in Grant County. There have been 57 total deaths related to COVID-19. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

Retail stores reopen in Kentucky today, but we cannot forget that the threat from COVID-19 remains, and all of us must take precautions to keep ourselves and others safe. According to District Director of Health, Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, “As COVID-19 continues to spread and we reopen the economy, it is critical for Northern Kentuckians to take actions to prevent COVID-19, especially as our contact with others increases.” Take the following steps to stay safe while shopping in Northern Kentucky:

  • If you are sick, stay home.
  • Wash hands often. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Wear a cloth face mask that covers the nose and mouth.
  • If at all possible, only one person per household should enter a store at a time.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others as much as possible.
  • Abide by additional safety precautions that individual retailers may have implemented.
  • If a store looks crowded, leave and come back later.

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.