The following is a press release from the Northern Kentucky Department of Health:
FLORENCE, Ky. -- As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, 13 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 168 total cases. There are 78 cases in Kenton County, 39 cases in Campbell County, 40 cases in Boone County and 11 cases in Grant County. There have been 13 total deaths related to COVID-19. For more details, please visit https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus/
It has been a month since Kentucky declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19, followed by a series of orders by the Governor to promote social distancing and slow the spread of the virus. According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, while it is still early in the pandemic, the Governor shared graphs in his press conference yesterday that indicate this strategy is working. "It may not seem like it, because new cases are reported daily, but we have yet to see a dramatic increase in cases as has been experienced in other states. This demonstrates that we need to keep up the good social distancing, wash hands often, cover coughs and sneezes, and only go out for essential services and exercise. Without a vaccine or approved treatment, social distancing is the most powerful weapon we have in the fight against COVID-19, which each one of us can do."
At this time, there are a 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. Even without testing, a health care provider can tell a patient if they think they have COVID-19, and provide the same instructions for care. If you have mild symptoms, you must stay home, take fever-reducing medications and avoid others. Additionally, it is important that you inform those with whom you have had close contact that they have been exposed to COVID-19, should monitor for symptoms, and stay at home. Learn how to prevent the spread of the virus in your home at https://bit.ly/3dBMfCO. If you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 9-1-1.
NKY Health has been actively responding to the COVID-19 crisis 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 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 that have had exposures to cases.
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 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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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.