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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

31 New Cases of COVID-19 Identified in Northern Kentucky, 72 cases total throughout the region

The Northern Kentucky Health Department released information minutes after Gov. Andy Beshear finished his daily press conference where he noted only five new positive cases of Coronavirus in Kenton County.

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, the NKY Health Department reported 31 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for a total of 72 cases.

This includes individuals who were tested previously, but whose positive test results were presumptive and are now confirmed. There are 36 cases in Kenton County, 18 cases in Campbell County, 16 cases in Boone County and two cases in Grant County. There have been 3 reported deaths.

“This is a serious and significant increase in cases in Northern Kentucky," said  Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health. "I cannot stress it enough - The most crucial intervention for preventing the spread of COVID-19 is social distancing - staying home and away from other people.”

Governor Beshear noted the gaps in data between county health departments and the reporting of statistics daily.

"It's fluid," said Beshear. "We're getting test results from 61 different health departments and 15 labs. We're conducting an audit to check the reports on tests and positives to improve the data. Sometimes we get call backs, saying we were wrong. We'll admit that and continue to try to do better."

Cases will continue to be identified in Northern Kentucky through testing, but more often people with symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, coughing and difficulty breathing) are being evaluated by their health care provider through telehealth visits.

According to the NKY Health Department, even without testing, a health care provider can tell a patient if they think they have COVID-19. If you have not been tested, but have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by your health care provider, the instructions for care are the same. If you have mild symptoms, you must stay home, take fever-reducing medications and avoid others. If symptoms become more serious, you should seek emergency care. Additionally, it is important that you inform those you have been in close contact with, letting them know they have been exposed to COVID-19 and should monitor for symptoms.

"By social distancing, we are not only keeping ourselves and our families safe, but we are also protecting first responders, health care professionals, long term care workers and others who are working hard to serve our loved ones," said Dr. Saddler.

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