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Kenton County Declares a State of Emergency

COVINGTON, Ky. (March 13, 2020) – Judge/Executive Kris Knochelmann has declared a proclamation of local emergency for Kenton County, Kentucky due to the growing public health impacts of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

What does this mean? This proclamation allows emergency services to activate internal processes for local and inter-jurisdictional disaster emergency planning and purchasing.

What does it NOT mean? This does not mean that schools, business, churches and other like organizations have to close. It is at the discretion of each entity to make the decision whether or not to remain in operation.

“Kenton County has been working with our local partners in response to COVID-19 in order to best protect our community” stated Judge/Executive Knochelmann.  “Residents are encouraged to check the County’s website regularly for local and state updates from the Health Department and the office of the Governor. Please keep your family and neighbors in mind going forward, and we will emerge stronger as a community on the other side of this event.”

Community members are encouraged to follow the Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKYHD) guidelines to protect against COVID-19 including:

·     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.

If you are feeling ill, please contact your physician first before going to the emergency room.

For up-to-date information about COVID-19, visithttps://nkyhealth.org/individual-orfamily/health-alerts/coronavirus/ or following the NKYHD on Facebook (@nkyhealth) and Twitter (@nkyhealth).