MEDIA ADVISORY: 1,065 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Don’t Invite COVID-19 to Your Barbecue

May 22, 2020


1,065 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Don’t Invite COVID-19 to Your Barbecue

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, 31 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 1,065 total cases. There have been 504 cases in Kenton County, 141 cases in Campbell County, 386 cases in Boone County and 34 cases in Grant County. This includes 57 total deaths related to COVID-19. Four hundred fifty-five (455) individuals have recovered. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

Beginning today, Kentuckians can participate in gatherings of 10 people or less. As we celebrate the Memorial Day weekend, and get together with family and friends we may not have seen in a long time, it is important that we continue to take action to prevent the spread of COVID-19. According to District Director of Health Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, “Just because we are now able to get together with others does not mean that COVID-19 has gone away. Now more than other we need to keep taking steps to prevent COVID-19.” Here are some actions you can take to stop COVID-19 from coming to your barbecue:

  • Don’t go out or invite anyone to your home if you are sick.
  • Keep the festivities outside as much as possible.
  • Be sure you have enough supplies for frequent hand washing – soap, water and alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Wear a cloth face mask when you are not eating/drinking.
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from others.

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.