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Three additional cases of COVID-19 in Kenton County; efforts underway to trace contacts

Three additional cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Kenton County. The individuals are a 32-year-old male, a 96-year-old male, and a 21-year-old female. The first case, a 66-year-old female, was identified on March 18. Three patients are currently hospitalized, and the other is in home isolation. The four cases do not appear to be connected. NKY Health has initiated an investigation to identify...

Gov. Beshear aims to stop the spread, help citizens; extends tax deadline to July 15, school closures

Gov. Andy Beshear announced more actions on Friday to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and assist Kentuckians trying to manage difficulties because of the virus. Gov. Beshear requested school superintendents keep schools closed for in-person classes until at least April 20 and delayed the state’s income tax filing deadline until July 15, consistent with the new federal deadline. “We...

NKY Health suspends in-person services to increase social distancing, focus resources on COVID-19

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. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, March 19, the following buildings are closed to...

Bishop Foys suspends public weekday, Sunday Masses, all parish meetings, socials and more

Bishop Roger J. Foys has suspended public weekday and Sunday Masses across the Diocese effective Friday, March 20, until further notice, in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. In making this decision and others, Bishop Foys said he has consulted with fellow bishops, established a Coronavirus task force, spoken with almost very pastor, and followed information provided by the Center for Disease Control. Here...

St. Elizabeth institutes visitor restrictions and cancels elective surgeries, effective immediately

While there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in any facility, St. Elizabeth Healthcare is closely monitoring evolving recommendations from local, state, and national experts. As a result, two critical changes will occur this week: Visitor Restrictions In an abundance of caution and until further notice, St. Elizabeth Healthcare has activated new visitor restrictions to protect the...

ProPublica: This storm has not yet really arrived, but panic-buying is underway; best thing is stay home

By Alexandra Mayas Senior Editor, ProPublica I grew up in Miami, where swarming the grocery store before a hurricane was a near-annual ritual. We packed our carts and waited in long lines, but there was certainty, at least in that very moment, that we were safe. The storm had not yet arrived. It was still on the TV screen, a disc spinning slowly in the ocean, behind a cone of uncertainty that meant...

Boone County restricts interaction between public and staff; contact offices via phone or e-mail

NyTribune staff Effective today, Boone County will restrict face-to-face interaction between the public and staff. The County issued the following release Sunday, explaining the decision: Due to the coronavirus outbreak, and for the protection of the public and staff, Boone County is restricting face to face interaction between the public and staff effective Monday, March 16, 2020. Public Service...

Health officials focus on strong measures to ‘flatten the curve’ to fight the coronavirus; what that means

Kentucky Health News When health officials talk about strong measures to ‘flatten the curve’ to fight the coronavirus, this is what they’re talking about. Measures that are being called “drastic” and “extreme” are necessary to keep the coronavirus and its COVID-19 disease from overwhelming the U.S. health-care system, according to health experts and public...

Two statewide health advocacy groups asks public to help prevent spread of highly contagious COVID-19

Two statewide health advocacy organizations are urging Kentuckians to take state public health experts’ advice seriously to help prevent the rapid spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Commonwealth. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKY) and the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) say social distancing, frequent and thorough hand washing and staying home if you’re sick are especially...

Navigating Aging: A startling inequality gap emerges after age 65, and those who reach it are living longer

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News In an era when “deaths of despair” — from substance abuse and suicide — are on the rise among middle-aged Americans, those who reach age 65 are living longer than ever. But there’s a catch: Seniors in urban areas and on the coasts are surviving longer than their counterparts in rural areas and the nation’s interior, according to an analysis from Samuel...

NKU to begin online instruction after extended spring break; Boone County Schools implement NTI days

NKyTribune staff Northern Kentucky University will shift to alternative instruction, with online delivery on March 23, following an extended spring break. The University released the following statement regarding the decision.  “NKU is committed to the health and wellbeing of our campus and the community. In light of the latest Coronavirus developments, the university will move from face-to-face...

Two More COVID-19 cases confirmed in Harrison County, bringing total to five in county, eight in KY

Governor Andy Beshear confirmed two more cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), both in Harrison County, Tuesday night, bringing the total in Kentucky to eight. All eight are in isolation. “As we continue to prepare and respond, everybody should remain calm and know we are ready for this,” Gov. Beshear said. “Our local health departments are ready for this. The state is ready for this....

NKU alerts campus to incidence of possible Coronavirus exposure at weekend camp

Staff report Northern Kentucky University has alerted the community to a possible incidence of Coronavirus exposure and its potential impact on the campus. “On Sunday, we were informed that two school-aged students, who were attending a weekend camp at NKU, learned a relative was being tested out-of-state for “likely” Coronavirus,” the statement said. “Because the relative had...

Clinicians suspected Kentucky’s first case of coronavirus, but patient didn’t qualify for testing

Crystal Miller, head of the health department serving Harrison County, at a press conference Saturday. Others, L to R: Gov. Andy Beshear; Health Commissioner Steven Stack; Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett; Cynthiana Mayor James Smith; and Mark Newman, head of UK HealthCare. (Photo from KHN) By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky found its first case of the new coronavirus,...

Gov. Beshear announces three additional individuals in Kentucky test positive for Novel Coronavirus

Sunday, Gov. Andy Beshear announced three additional people in Kentucky have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), bringing the total to four in the state. The latest cases are in Jefferson and Fayette counties with a second person diagnosed in Harrison County. All four patients are in isolation.  Governor Beshear Gives a Corona Virus Update Gov. Beshear confirmed the three additional...