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MEDIA ADVISORY: 1,034 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Dining Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 21, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1,034 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Dining Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 35 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 1,034 total cases. There have been 488 cases in Kenton County, 137 cases in Campbell County, 375 cases in Boone County and 34 cases in Grant County. This includes 57 total deaths related to COVID-19. Four hundred thirty-two (432) individuals have recovered. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

Tomorrow, restaurants in Kentucky reopen for outdoor and limited indoor dining. As COVID-19 cases increase, Northern Kentuckians must continue to take steps to prevent its spread. According to District Director of Health, Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, “As restaurants are preparing to reopen, and taking many precautions to create a safe environment for both customers and staff, all of us need to do our part. Make sure COVID-19 does not have a seat at your dinner table.” The following are actions you can take to ensure a safer dining experience:

  • If you are sick, do not go out.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Sit only one household per table.
  • Maintain a distance of six feet from others.
  • Do not congregate with others inside or outside restaurants.
  • If a place looks crowded, 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.