MEDIA ADVISORY: COVID-19 Spreads in Northern Kentucky – Increase In Cases Requires Action

August 3, 2020


COVID-19 Spreads in Northern Kentucky – Increase In Cases Requires Action

FLORENCE, Ky. — During July, Northern Kentucky saw a significant rise in the reported number of COVID-19 cases, recording the highest number of cases since the pandemic began. As of Monday, August 3 at 4:00 PM, Boone, Campbell, Kenton and Grant Counties have 2,827 total COVID-19 cases, an increase of 103 cases. The death toll remains at 80 deaths for the region.

Although much of the increase is among persons in their twenties, increases are also being seen in all other age groups. “No matter who we are, Northern Kentuckians have a choice to make every day during this pandemic,” says Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health. “We can wear face coverings around others, socially distance from others, and wash our hands, or we can continue to see the spread of COVID-19 in our communities as is occurring right now. We’re seeing people traveling to places with high rates of COVID-19, people who have attended birthday parties, graduation parties, backyard barbecues, bars and other crowded places and gatherings only to find out they were infected or someone else there was infected. Let’s make the right choices and stop this surge from continuing.”

NKY Health is reminding everyone of three important steps that need to be followed for the protection of the community:

  1. Over Your Nose:

Make sure your mask covers your mouth and nose. Covering both helps protect others from being exposed to your exhaled breath containing respiratory droplets, and helps protects you from breathing in the same from those nearby. If you are not covering your mouth and nose, you are missing the point.

  1. Under Your Roof:

Only have close contact with members of your household, which means those living in the same home. Gathering with relatives and friends from different households increases the risk of spreading the virus and adds to the transmission of COVID-19 in the community. Additionally, if someone living in your home has COVID-19, other household members are to self-quarantine until 14 days after the case recovers.

  1. By Your Side:

Limit your exposure to other individuals. COVID-19 can be spread by close contact with those around you. Avoid parties and get togethers that will mix different households. Stay away from crowds, don’t create crowds at your home or other locations, and avoid travel. Remember to keep at least six feet away from others that are not part of your household.

In addition, everyone should wash 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.