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MEDIA ADVISORY: 1,219 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Fitness Centers Reopen June 1 

May 29, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1,219 COVID-19 Cases in Northern Kentucky; Fitness Centers Reopen June 1 

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 29, 36 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 1,219 total cases. There have been 561 cases in Kenton County, 167 cases in Campbell County, 447 cases in Boone County and 44 cases in Grant County. There have been 65 total deaths related to COVID-19. Six hundred sixteen (616) individuals have recovered. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

Fitness centers are among the list of businesses set to reopen in Kentucky on June 1. According to District Director of Health, Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, “COVID-19 is still spreading in Northern Kentucky. All of us must take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19, wherever we go and whatever we do.” Here are some tips to reduce the risk of COVID-19 at gyms and fitness centers:

  • Do not go out if you are sick.
  • The number of visitors in fitness centers has been limited to 33% of capacity. If a place looks crowded, leave and come back later.
  • Wash hands often.
  • Make other plans for child care – child care services and child play areas are closed until at least June 15.
  • Maintain at least 6 feet of physical distance from others on equipment, in classes, etc. High contact/team sports areas, such as basketball courts, football fields and soccer fields, are closed until additional requirements and guidance are issued.
  • Call ahead or go online before heading out, as your fitnesscenter may have additional practices in place, such as contactless payment options, encouraging customers to bring their own equipment (i.e. personal mats, bands, etc.) and water bottles, and encouraging customers to wipe down equipment with disinfecting wipes before and after use. Fitness centers may also offer special hours for at-risk populations.

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.