MEDIA ADVISORY: As COVID-19 Cases Rise in Northern Kentucky, Wearing a Face Covering Is a Must

July 14, 2020


As COVID-19 Cases Rise in Northern Kentucky, Wearing a Face Covering Is a Must

FLORENCE, Ky. — As many areas of the U.S. are seeing large surges in COVID-19 cases, numbers throughout Kentucky, including Northern Kentucky, are also increasing. On Monday, July 13, there were 49 new cases in Northern Kentucky, contributing to four weeks of continued increases seen in the area. Case counts include 697 in Boone County, 870 in Kenton County, 326 in Campbell County and 70 in Grant County, for a total of 1,963 cases based on lab test results. The four counties also have a total of 79 local deaths. At the same time, Kentucky reported 19,653 total cases with 629 deaths.

“This sustained increase in cases among people in Northern Kentucky is of great concern,” says Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, “Wearing a face covering whenever you go out in public is a simple act to prevent the spread of COVID-19, save lives, and keep businesses and activities moving forward with re-opening.  The alternative is that we become like the tragedies that we are seeing in other states.”

Governor Beshear recently enacted an Executive Order and related emergency administrative regulation requiring face coverings be worn by individuals when in most public settings as a measure to prevent a further rise in cases.  With the exception of specific exemptions, everyone must wear face coverings that cover their nose and mouth when in public facilities and establishments, health care settings and other indoor public spaces. It also applies to those waiting in lines or common spaces outside such places, while waiting for or riding in public transportation, or while in outdoor public spaces where individuals cannot maintain six feet distancing from others. The mandate is to be enforced by several state and local agencies including the health department.

“We all need to wear a face covering in public because it is the right thing to do for Northern Kentucky,” states Dr. Lynne Saddler.  Complaints regarding facilities not following state requirements can be submitted on the KYSAFER portal at the link https://govstatus.egov.com/kysafer.  It is also important to bring concerns about non-compliance by other customers to the attention of the management of establishments so that they may address them.

In addition to wearing a cloth face covering when out in public, Northern Kentucky residents are also urged to stay at least six feet away from others, avoid crowded places, wash your hands frequently and keep them away from your face.

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.