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Thursday, March 26, 2020

19 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; How to Stay Healthy at Home Outside


Today at his 5:00 p.m. press conference, Governor Andy Beshear reported that today, March 26, was the single largest increase of positive Covid-19/Coronavirus test in one day. There are now 248 total positive tests, 50 new cases today, including two in Boone County and the first positive test to a person in a nursing home, a 90-year old male in Perry Co.

"People of all ages are getting the Coronavirus. It's important for our young adults and teens to understand that they can get this. You are not invincible," said Gov. Beshear.

Mayors and County Judges have been asked to shut down congregations in public areas.

"We are going to do what it takes. We do not want to do this, but large groups are congregating and we cannot let that happen. Do not try to be the exception. Let's make sure that we are committed and not think that we are above this."

Four additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 19 total cases. There are 12 cases in Kenton County, 3 cases in Campbell County and 4 cases in Boone County.

“It is important to remember that while cases will continue to be identified in Northern Kentucky through testing, there are more individuals in our community with symptoms who have COVID-19, but have not been tested,” says Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health.

“Because we are seeing COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, the safest place you can be right now is healthy at home.”

Although we need to stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, this does not mean we need to stay inside. With warmer and nicer weather on its way, we all want to get outside. Getting fresh air and exercise can help us stay healthy, but we also need to stay safe, and practice social distancing. Here are some tips for staying healthy at home while outside:

- Remember to practice social distancing, and keep six feet of distance from others.
- Children can play outside, but they should not be playing games with other children that cause them to be in close contact (i.e. sports activities and other games).
- Going for a walk, run, hike or a bike ride is fine, but stay six feet away from others.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your elbow. Throw the tissue away in a garbage can.
- Wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds immediately after coming inside.

At this time, there are a very limited number of tests available, and health care providers and systems are carefully determining who needs to be tested. If you develop a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, stay home and call your health care provider. If it is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1. If you are ill and in isolation at home, learn how to prevent the spread of the virus in your home at https://bit.ly/3dBMfCO.

For individuals with no or mild symptoms, testing is not recommended.

NKY Health has been actively responding to the COVID-19 crisis for months. They 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.

They are also coordinating the distribution of personal protective equipment from the Strategic National Stockpile to health care providers and first responders. Additionally, staff track testing conducted throughout Northern Kentucky, and provide instructions to contacts who have had exposures to cases.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 page on www.nkyhealth.org or www.kycovid19.ky.gov. You can also call Kentucky’s COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725. The Governor’s press releases are available here: https://governor.ky.gov/news

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