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MEDIA ADVISORY: 1,150 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Cosmetology Businesses Reopen 

May 26, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1,150 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Cosmetology Businesses Reopen 

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, 1,150 total cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky. There have been 535 cases in Kenton County, 152 cases in Campbell County, 425 cases in Boone County and 38 cases in Grant County. This includes 57 total deaths related to COVID-19. Five hundred forty-seven (547) individuals have recovered. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

Yesterday, cosmetology businesses were given the green light to reopen in Kentucky. This includes barbers, hair salons, nail salons, tanning salons, acupuncture services, massage therapy and tattoo parlors. As COVID-19 continues to spread in Northern Kentucky, as well as the nature of these services in which customers and staff are in close contact, it is critical to take steps to prevent COVID-19 infection. According to District Director of Health, Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, “Things may feel like they are getting back to normal as businesses reopen, but until there is an effective treatment and vaccine for COVID-19, we all must take steps to protect ourselves and others.” If you believe that you need these services, take these precautions:

  • Do not go out if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands upon entering and leaving the facility, and as needed in between.
  • Wear a cloth face covering.
  • If a location is crowded, leave and come back later. If possible, schedule an appointment.
  • Contact the facility before heading out – they may have additional requirements and instructions.

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.