FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Northern Kentucky has its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus, Ky. Gov. Andy Beshear said in his daily 5 p.m. update on the virus in the state.
A 66-year-old woman in Kenton County has the virus, Beshear said.
The woman is in isolation at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Ft. Thomas, according to a release from the Northern Kentucky Health Department.
The patient was admitted to the hospital Tuesday.
NKYHD provided some additional information during a Wednesday press conference.
Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH, NKYHD Director of Health, says there is no reason to panic.
“We have been planning for the possibility of cases here in Northern Kentucky," Saddler said. "All of us must do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by frequently washing our hands; avoiding touching our eyes, nose and mouth; avoiding close contact with ill people; covering coughs and sneezes properly; and staying home when we are sick.”
Additionally, Beshear said a Montgomery County patient has recovered and is out of the hospital, the second patient to recover and be discharged in the state since the virus’s outbreak.
Beshear also announced an 8-month-old infant in Kentucky has the virus.
The infant is in Jefferson County, Beshear said, and is “doing ok.”
Beshear stressed it is rare for the virus to require hospitalization in children and infants.
Kentucky’s total number of confirmed cases stands at 36 as of Wednesday, including the two recovered patients and one patient who died as well as a patient with a Kentucky mailing address who currently resides out of state. (Hence the number of confirmed active in-state cases stands at 32.)
The new cases comprise the Kenton County case, a case in Fayette County, a case in Warren county, a case in Clark County, the Jefferson County infant, another Jefferson County patient and an 88-year-old woman in Bourbon County.
New actions undertaken by Beshear Wednesday, according to a release, include:
Beshear suspended all charitable gaming licenses, closing bingo halls temporarily, to protect patrons at those establishments after having previously issued guidance on closing public-facing businesses.
The Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) will extend certification periods for all recipients of public assistance programs — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/SNAP or formerly food stamps, Medicaid, Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program/K-TAP, and State Supplementation — for three months. Those households whose certification periods end in May will automatically be extended to August, June to September, and so on. Job search, work and participation requirements are temporarily suspended for SNAP able-bodied adults without dependents, the Kentucky Works Program, and the Child Care Assistance Program.
Additionally, the governor announced that 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.
As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, all government offices were closed to in-person services.