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MEDIA ADVISORY: 1,340 Total Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Caring for Someone with COVID-19

June 8, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

1,340 Total Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; Caring for Someone with COVID-19 

FLORENCE, Ky. — As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, June 8, 3 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 1,340 total cases. There have been 615 cases in Kenton County, 184 cases in Campbell County, 492 cases in Boone County and 49 cases in Grant County. There have been 69 total deaths related to COVID-19. Eight hundred sixty-six (866) individuals have recovered. For additional details on COVID-19 cases in Northern Kentucky, please visit https://bit.ly/2VP7f28.

As COVID-19 continues to spread in the community, Northern Kentuckians may find themselves caring for someone with COVID-19 at home. According to District Director of Health, Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, “If someone in your home has been diagnosed with or has symptoms of COVID-19, do not panic. There are steps you can take to reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 to yourself and others in your household.” These steps include:

  • Have the sick person stay in one room, away from other people, including yourself, as much as possible. If possible, have them use a separate bathroom.
  • If the sick person can’t wear a facemask, you should wear one while in the same room with them. If the sick person needs to be around others (within the home, in a vehicle or at the doctor’s office), they should wear a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after interacting with the sick person.
  • Every day, clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes that kill viruses, and use products according to the label instructions.
  • Wash laundry thoroughly.
  • Avoid having any unnecessary visitors.

For more guidance on how to care for someone with COVID-19, please visit https://nkyhealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Caring-for-Someone-with-COVID-19-at-Home-FINAL.pdf

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. 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.