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COVID-19: With escalating cases, NKY Health urges action
FLORENCE, Ky. — Northern Kentucky is seeing a significant rise in the reported number of COVID-19 cases. Campbell and Kenton counties have moved into the Red (critical) Zone due to the rapid increase of positive cases. Boone and Grant counties are also showing accelerated community spread. Health officials are concerned about growth in cases and urge residents to take enhanced precautions.
For the week ending October 18, Northern Kentucky experienced the highest numbers of new cases of Covid-19. This follows the fourth week of rapid escalation of cases. Northern Kentucky currently has 1,545 active cases, making the total number of cases for the region 6,084. There have also been 98 deaths. For more detailed information, please visit https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus/.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, NKY Health has focused its resources on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our region. We have been working closely with local elected officials, the health care system, workplaces, schools, first responders and other state and local community partners to provide guidance, information and resources. This includes outreach and educating the public, disease investigation and contact tracing which are essential public health measures crucial to prevent the spread of disease.
“Up until this point, Northern Kentucky has seen controlled community spread,” stated NKY Health’s District Director of Health, Lynne M. Saddler, MD, MPH. “This rapid escalation into the critical zone is our ‘Wake-Up Call’. We all need to refocus our actions on the protective measures we are taking in our daily lives and to assure we are doing everything we can to protect ourselves and others from exposure. Health officials are concerned that ongoing increases in cases in the community will start translating into more hospitalizations as it has in other parts of the country.”
Garren Colvin, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare stated, “Although the number of COVID hospitalizations are on the rise, we created contingency plans to address this type of increase, and we have plenty of capacity in our hospitals to safely care for our community as we continue to face this virus together. We urge all residents to take necessary safety precautions and adhere to public health guidance to help reduce the spread of COVID.”
To slow down the spread of COVID-19, Northern Kentucky residents are strongly urged to continue practicing protective measures of consistently and correctly wearing a face covering when around others, maintaining 6 feet distance from others, washing or sanitizing hands often and avoiding gatherings and events. Additional steps should also be taken to reduce overall contacts with people outside of their immediate household and avoid all non-essential activities that increase the risk of exposure to COVID-19. If we as Northern Kentuckians double-down on our efforts, it will not only reduce the spread of COVID, it will help keep our businesses open, our families working, our schools safely operating and our communities moving forward. We can reverse this trend if we all choose to take these actions.
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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.