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Monday, April 13, 2020

Two Campbell County Residents Die from Coronavirus, New Drive-Thru Testing Starts Wednesday

Two Campbell County Residents Die from Coronavirus, New Drive-Thru Testing Starts Wednesday.

By Jessie Eden

The NKY Health Department announced Monday evening that four people have died from the coronavirus. This brings the total number of cases in NKY to 208. The individuals included two Kenton County residents, in their 60s and 80s, and two Campbell County residents in their 80s. All four individuals had underlying medical conditions.

Governor Andy Beshear announced Monday in his daily press conference that total number of cases in Kentucky is now 2,048. In addition, Kentucky's total number of deaths is now 104.

(NOTE: To view the NKY Health Departments daily press release regarding this information, please scroll to the end of this article.) 

Governor Beshear also gave a breakdown on the number of hospitalizations and recoveries;
  • Total patients who have been hospitalized: 673
  • Total patients currently in the hospital: 299
  • Total patients admitted to ICU: 259
  • Still currently in ICU: 136
  • Total patients who have recovered: 629

He also stated that he will make a decision about whether or not to close schools for the academic year on May 1.

Gov. Beshear also announced that there will be a Drive-Thru Testing station in Kenton County starting on Wednesday. “This will be our second spot in Kentucky. Northern Kentucky has been hit pretty hard. We’ll be able to do 250 tests a day. You can sign up online. It starts this Wednesday. If you’re in Kenton County or surrounding counties, you can sign up.” 

This was confirmed by the NKY Health Department via Facebook;

"Governor Andy Beshear announced a new partnership with Kroger and Gravity Diagnostics to provide drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Summit View Academy (5006 Madison Pike, Independence, KY 41051) Wed., 4/15 through Sat., 4/18. 

To check to see if you're eligible, and sign up, visit or call 1-888-852-2567."

Other Updates from Governor Beshear include;

Mass Gatherings over the Weekend:
Throughout the entire state, there were only 1 or 2 mass gatherings for Easter. Gov. Beshear was asked about whether or not only churches had been cited. "Absolutely not, we have cited 18 businesses through the Labor Cabinet, this isn’t about singling out churches."

“The state processed 100,692 payments to help you for 50.45million dollars to help you. I want everyone to apply for unemployment and Medicaid because I want you to have what you need to get through this.”

Thousands of PPE Donations: 
Hundreds of thousands of PPE donations have been received from the following businesses and organizations; Ford (50k), Old Kentucky Chocolate Company, UPS, GE , Toyota, Father Jim Sitco, Meijer, 12 Area Technology Locations for the Kentucky School for the Blind. 

Gov. Beshear reiterated that the need is still there for PPE equipment. You can donate at any KY State Trooper location throughout Kentucky or by visiting the website or calling;

Testing Criteria: 
Testing criteria has been organized in 3 categories; Priority 1, Priority 2 and Priority 3 – all tiers require you to have symptoms; fever and a cough, plus shortness of breath and diarrhea.

o TIER 1 – Consists of hospitalized patients, health care workers, first responders.

o TIER 2 - All high risk individuals identified in orders from the CDC.

o TIER 3 – People who have active symptoms but are not high risk will be able to be tested.

Field Hospital in Louisville: 
National guard doing great job, 250 beds on site, more work to be done, ahead of schedule. Can expand if needed, serve number of roles.

Gov. Beshear made a plea for Kentuckians to please fill out the 2020 Census. The response rate is close to 50% at this point. 


Below is the latest release from NKY Health Department regarding the four deaths in NKY;

208 Cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky; What is Contact Tracing?

FLORENCE, Ky. -- As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2 additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Northern Kentucky, for 208 total cases. There are 97 cases in Kenton County, 45 cases in Campbell County, 54 cases in Boone County and 12 cases in Grant County. There have also been four new deaths reported in Northern Kentucky. The individuals were two Kenton County residents, in their 60s and 80s, and two Campbell County residents in their 80s. All four individuals had underlying medical conditions. Our thoughts go out to their loved ones during this difficult time. There have been 18 total deaths related to COVID-19. For more data on COVID-19 infections in Northern Kentucky, please visit

"Contact tracing" is a term you may have heard in the media recently. What exactly is contact tracing? According to Dr. Lynne Saddler, District Director of Health, "Contact tracing is an essential public health service that we provide for many infectious diseases, including COVID-19. Contact tracing involves tracking positive cases of COVID-19, identifying individuals who may have been exposed to a case, and contacting them to provide further instructions on actions they need to take for themselves and to protect others, such as quarantining and monitoring for symptoms." Contact tracing is not a new idea, but rather one of the many tools that NKY Health uses on a daily basis to prevent the spread of disease in the community.

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 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. If you have personal protective equipment to donate, please  visit

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 or You can also call Kentucky's COVID-19 hotline at 1-800-722-5725. To report observations of non-compliance with the restrictions on workplaces and public gathering, call 1-833-KYSAFER. The Governor's press releases are available here:

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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

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