The Northern Kentucky Department of Health is encouraging Northern Kentuckuckers to wear masks and take other precautions against COVID-19 as the number of cases increases in Hamilton County, Ohio.
There is also an upward trend in Kentucky, but the number of cases remains constant locally.
280 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kentucky on Thursday. Governor Andy Beshear also announced eight new coronavirus-related deaths.
None of the reported deaths were in local counties.
Fifty-six confirmed cases were reported in northern Kentucky this week, bringing the total for the region to 1,630.
Ten of these cases were reported Thursday by the Northern Kentucky Health Department. In the region with four counties, 1,212 people have recovered.
But cases in southwest Ohio are on the rise, and Ohio Governor Mike Dewine calls it a hotspot.
“COVID-19 hasn’t gone away,” said Dr. Lynne Saddler, Northern Kentucky County Health Director. It’s important that we don’t get complacent regardless of our age. We all must continue to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our work, play, and communities. “
From Health Department: Northern Kentucky residents are advised to wear a fabric mask or face covering when out with other people, to be at least three feet away from others, to avoid crowded places, to wash their hands frequently, and to keep them away from your face. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and away from others.
Kentucky’s total since the pandemic began is 14,617. 3,719 have recovered, Beshear said.
More than 375,000 tests were carried out nationwide.
“I am proud of Kentuckians for the great sacrifices we have made to protect one another and also for the small inconveniences we have accepted to protect one another and revitalize our economy,” said Beshear. “By wearing a mask, staying three feet apart, being tested, and working with contact tracers, we ensure that the lives we lost and the experiences we missed weren’t in vain.”
The state also announced that as of Monday, visits to assisted dormitories and nursing homes can resume, along with group activities of a maximum of ten people, shared meals and off-site appointments.
“Kentuckians have been waiting patiently since March 6th for the opportunity to see their loved ones back in long-term care facilities – in person. We are pleased to announce that there are plans in place to resume certain activities, “said Eric Friedlander, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Family Services, adding that the resumption of the visit and certain other activities will continue, without losing sight of the threat that remains with COVID -19.
From July 15, visits to nursing homes and intermediate facilities for people with intellectual disabilities will resume.