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Posted on: March 18, 2020

[ARCHIVED] First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 In Kenton County

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKYHD) has confirmed its first positive COVID-19 (Coronavirus) case in Kenton County, Kentucky.

In order to protect the privacy of the individual, identifying information and medical records will not be released to the public.

“I have confidence in our local healthcare providers and first responders to help guide us through these events. Most of all, I have confidence that the people of our community will do what’s right and necessary and will work to keep everyone safe as we navigate this challenge” said Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann. “It’s what Kenton Countians have always done, and it’s what we’ll do in this case. Let’s take care of each other.”

Kenton County and the Northern Kentucky Health Department are doing everything they can to protect the health of the community. Everyone should follow state and federal recommendations and orders.

COVID-19 is spread like the flu. You can help slow the spread of viruses by:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Stay home when you feel sick.
  • Get the flu vaccine.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
  • Properly cover your sneeze and cough with a tissue, then throw away the used tissue.
  • Frequently disinfect objects and surfaces with a cleaner that you typically use.
  • Avoid close contact with those who are sick.

More information
Kentuckians can find regular updates and resources including more information about when to seek medical attention and courses of action for those in counties with positive cases at the Kentucky COVID-19 site. They are also urged to visit the CDC website for up-to-date information. Kentuckians who want advice can call the state hotline at 1.800.722.5725 or call their local health care provider.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, visit the NKYHD website or follow the NKYHD on Facebook (@nkyhealth) and Twitter (@nkyhealth).

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