COVID-19 NKY Health Department Latest Updates

Link: Northern Kentucky Health Department 

As of April 3, 2020 

Number Tested: 12,804 

Positive: 770 

Local Cases: 87 

Boone: 18 

Campbell: 23 

Grant: 3 

Kenton: 43 

 

As of April 2, 2020 

Number Tested: 7900 

Positive: 680 

Local Cases: 41 

Boone: 16 

Campbell: 18 

Grant: 2 

Kenton: 36 

 

St. Elizabeth COVID-19 Helpline 

St. Elizabeth has developed a COVID-19 Helpline, 1-800-737-7900, staffed by St. Elizabeth associates to help answer patient and community questions and/or concerns regarding COVID-19. Any person needing help with COVID-19 concerns can call for support. The helpline is available every day, Monday through Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. After hours, a person can leave a message and the call will be returned the following morning. 

 

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As of April 1, 2020 

Number Tested: 7556 

Positive: 591 

Local Cases: 41 

Boone: 9 

Campbell: 9 

Grant: 1 

Kenton: 22 

 

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As of March 31, 2020 

Number Tested: 6810 

Positive: 480 

Local Cases: 38 

Boone: 8 

Campbell: 9 

Kenton: 20 

 

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As of March 30, 2020 

Number Tested: 6018 

Positive: 439 

Local Cases: 29 

Boone: 5 

Campbell: 5 

Kenton: 18 

 

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As of March 27, 2020 

Number Tested: 4016 

Positive: 248 

Local Cases: 19 

Boone: 4 

Campbell: 3 

Kenton: 12 

 

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As of March 25, 2020 

Number Tested: 3022 

Positive: 157 

Local Cases: 12 

Boone: 2 

Campbell: 1 

Kenton: 9 

 

Updates and Resources from St. Elizabeth Healthcare  

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has a COVID-19 update page that updates patients & visitors on the latest changes to patient care at their facilities.  If you develop symptoms, St. Elizabeth recommends staying at home and contacting your primary care physician to determine next steps unless you need emergency care. This reduces the spread of disease to other patients and staff.  If you have a chronic illness St. Elizabeth recommends you consider rescheduling any routine appointments.  Check with your primary care physician or specialist to see if Video Visits are an option until cases of the virus subside.  St. Elizabeth will also extend prescriptions for 30 days to ensure you do not run out of medication.  

  

   

N95 Mask Donation Request 

Businesses that have new N95 masks they would like to donate can do so the following ways: 

 

St. Elizabeth Healthcare: Call Edgewood Volunteer Services at (859) 301-2140 to arrange a drop-off time at the Edgewood hospital loading dock at 1 Medical Village Drive, Edgewood, KY 41017. 

 

Christ Hospital: Christ Hospital is accepting donations at both its Fort Mitchell (2156 Chamber Center Dr. Ft Mitchell, KY 41017) and Fort Wright (1955 Dixie Hwy, Ft Wright, KY 41011) locations. Donation hours are M-F, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. They need N95 masks, eye protection and gowns. Individuals can call (513) 263-1463 with questions. 

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As of March 25, 2020 

Number Tested: 3022 

Positive: 157 

Local Cases: 12 

Boone: 2 

Campbell: 1 

Kenton: 9 

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As of March 24, 2020 

Number Tested: 1866 

Postitive: 124 

Local Cases: 10 

 

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As of March 23, 2020 

Number Tested: 2000+ 

Postitive: 103 

Local Cases: 5 

 

The Northern Kentucky Health Deparment annouced that a fifth case of COVID-19 has been identified in Kenton County. The individual is a 33-year-old female and is in home isolation. The five cases identified do not appear to be connected. 

 

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. Even without testing, a health care provider can tell a patient if they think they have COVID-19, and will give the same instructions for care: Those with milder symptoms must stay home, avoid others, take fever reducing medications, and practice infection control at home. If symptoms become more serious, they should seek emergency care. The full media advisory can be found here. 

 

Handwashing 101 

The importance of hand washing is an important step in preventing the spread of the virus. Click here to view a video on everything you need to know about hand washing. 

 

 

 

Children and COVID-19 

The CDC reports that children are NOT at a higher risk to contract COVID-19 than adults.  You can encourage your child to help stop the spread of the virus by teaching them to do the same things everyone should do to stay healthy. 

  • Clean hands often using soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer 
  • Avoid people who are sick (coughing and sneezing) 
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces daily in household common areas (e.g. tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, remotes, handles, desks, toilets, sinks) 
  • Launder items including washable plush toys as appropriate in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. If possible, launder items using the warmest appropriate water setting for the items and dry items completely. Dirty laundry from an ill person can be washed with other people’s items. 

 

Additional facts and information can be found on the CDC’s website 

 

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As of March 20, 2020  


Number Tested: 639 

Positive: 47 

Local Cases: 1 

 

Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 

The Northern Kentucky Health Department reminds us that frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected often. Click here to learn how to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  

 

NKY Health Temporarily Suspends In-Person Services 

 In an effort to increase social distancing, as well as focus additional resources on COVID-19 response, the Northern Kentucky Health Department is closing their District Office and four county health centers to in-person services. This includes the Syringe Access Exchange Program services in Campbell, Grant and Kenton Counties. 

 

The following buildings are closed to the public until further notice: 

  • NKY Health District Office, located at 8001 Veterans Memorial Drive Florence, Ky. 
  • Boone County Health Center, located at 7505 Burlington Pike Florence, Ky. 
  • Campbell County Health Center, located at 1098 Monmouth Street Newport, Ky. 
  • Grant County Health Center, located at 234 Barnes Road, Williamstown, Ky. 
  • Kenton County Health Center, located at 2002 Madison Avenue, Covington, Ky. 

 

Services such as Women, Infants and Children (WIC), breastfeeding support and HIV Case Management will continue virtually and by phone. 

 

Updates and Resources from St. Elizabeth Healthcare 

 

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has a COVID-19 update page that updates patients & visitors on the latest changes to patient care at their facilities.  If you develop symptoms, St. Elizabeth recommends staying at home and contacting your primary care physician to determine next steps unless you need emergency care. This reduces the spread of disease to other patients and staff.  If you have a chronic illness St. Elizabeth recommends you consider rescheduling any routine appointments.  Check with your primary care physician or specialist to see if Video Visits are an option until cases of the virus subside.  St. Elizabeth will also extend prescriptions for 30 days to ensure you do not run out of medication. 

  

 

 

 

How to Talk to Children about the Coronavirus 

As schools across the region have transitioned to non-traditional instruction and daily routines are interrupted, parents and caregivers may be faced with questions from the children in their lives regarding the Coronavirus. What we say to children may be just as important as how we say it. The NKY Health Department has provided the following infographic to provide guidance to parents.   

 

 

 

 

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As of March 19, 2020  


Number Tested: 489 

Positive: 35 

Local Cases: 1 

 

Kenton County’s First Case of COVID-19 

The first case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in our region. The 66-year old female is currently in isolation at St. Elizabeth in Ft. Thomas after being admitted on Tuesday. A recent River City News article reported that an investigation will take place to identify individuals who may had prolonged contact with the patient. It’s important to keep in mind that people with the virus may not show symptoms early on although it is still contagious. The CDC, Governor Beshear and NKY Health Department promote social distancing to limit the spread of the disease. The Northern Kentucky Health Department has the most up to date information on this news.   

 

CDC Travel Health Notice 

The CDC continues to update their travel health notice related to COVID-19, adding countries that are experiencing ongoing community spread. Please visit the following website to review the latest list of countries. If you have been in any of these countries in the past 14 days, it is important that you follow the after travel precautions listed on the website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html 

 

Childcare Centers to Close 

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services has announced that Governor Andy Beshear has ordered all childcare centers to shut down by close of business on March 20, 2020. Read the full order here.  

 

Gov. Beshear Closes Public-Facing Businesses 

On March 17th, Gov. Andy Beshear announced additional steps to contain and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The new actions include:  

  • Closing public-facing businesses such as entertainment, hospitality and recreational facilities, community and recreation centers, gyms and exercise facilities, hair salons, nail salons, spas, concert venues, theaters, and sporting event facilities. 
  • Exemptions to this mandate are given to public-facing businesses that follow CDC guidelines, subject to limitations in prior orders. Such businesses include those providing food, food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, retail, grocery and consumer goods, home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy, and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging. 

 

Gov. Beshear said the overriding goal of the order is to minimize in-person interaction, which is the primary means of transmission of COVID-19. The immediate implementation of the order is necessary as patrons of public-facing businesses gather in large numbers, in close proximity to each other and in enclosed spaces, endangering the health of customers and staff. 

 

Child Care. - Gov. Beshear said the state is working with federal partners to continue Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) payments on behalf of qualified families during the mandatory closure period. The state will also be covering copayments typically covered by families. 

 

Acute and Psychiatric Care Visitation  To limit the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Beshear advised all acute care facilities to discourage all visitors except for end-of-life circumstances. He also advised psychiatric facilities to restrict visitation, only allowing it if deemed medically necessary by the attending physician, administrator and the medical director. 

 

Long Term Care Visitation -  Gov. Beshear also recommended personal care homes, assisted living, senior care facilities and intermediate care facilities limit visitation only to loved ones that are receiving end-of-life care. 

 

Adult Day Health Centers -  To slow the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Beshear issued interim guidance to require the temporary closure of all licensed adult day care centers across the state. This emergency closure will begin on March 20. 

 

Closure of in-person government services  As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 17, all government offices are closed to in-person services. 

 

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As of March 17, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. 
Number Tested: 380  

Positive: 26 

Local Cases: 0 

 

Note: These figures are updated daily at 4 p.m. Eastern time and reflect all cases reported to KDPH as of that time. 

 

Updated Travel Health Notice 

As of 3/17/2020 3:46 PM 

The CDC has updated their travel health notice related to COVID-19, adding countries that are experiencing ongoing community spread. Please visit the following website to review the latest list of countries. If you have been in any of these countries in the past 14 days, it is important that you follow the after travel precautions listed on the website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/after-travel-precautions.html 

 


 

Mental Health & Relieving Anxiety 


The Northern Kentucky Health Department recently shared CDC recommendations for helping to manage stress and anxiety during these difficult times.  With a high degree of uncertainty and a situation that changes on a daily basis many of us are faced with anxiety and stress over potential outcomes.  

 Recommendations Include: 

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting. 
  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs. 
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy. 
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. 
  • Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row. 

 

Please visit the CDC website to obtain additional strategies for parents and responders.  

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