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Important Links

as of 2/10/2021

Public Hearing Notice Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus Response.  Learn more at:  https://cityofunionky.org/24183-2

as of 2/1/2021

From the Northern Kentucky Health Department:

COVID-19 Vaccinations in NKY

This Week:  It’s been another productive week for the NKY Vaccination Collaborative (NKY Health, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, and HealthPoint).  We are finishing up first doses for Phase 1A healthcare workers and Phase 1B first responders and in early vaccination efforts for individuals age 70 and over.  St. Elizabeth Healthcare is also finishing up first doses for the Phase 1B K-12 school personnel.  We anticipate that by the end of this weekend, over 25,000 doses of vaccine will have been administered in NKY, with more than 90% of all vaccines being used within seven days of receipt and no waste or spoilage.  The total includes almost 25% (9,000) of all NKY individuals ages 70 and over who were vaccinated within the past two weeks.  NKY Health posts the running total of vaccines provided every Monday morning on its vaccination page at https://nkyhealth.org/individual-or-family/health-alerts/coronavirus-covid-19-home/covid-19-vaccination/.

Next Week:  Vaccinations for next week will continue to focus on first shots for Phase 1B – individuals age 70 and over.  For NKY Health, appointment slots for next week’s Feb. 2 – 4 vaccination clinics will be opened on Monday.  On this day, eligible individuals can either call 859-363-2120 to schedule an appointment or go to the NKY Health vaccine page to register.  An individual cannot have had a vaccination for another illness (e.g. flu, shingles) within 14 days prior to receiving the COVID-19 vaccination.  All individuals must have an appointment in order to be vaccinated at any of the six available sites.

We anticipate that at the current rate of the limited number of vaccine doses for NKY, it will take several more weeks to finish first doses for Phase 1B.  At that time there will be a transition to 1C as appointment slots become available.  Phase 1C includes individuals ages 60 and over, individuals ages 16 and over with certain medical conditions, and essential workers.  Scroll down the NKY Health vaccination page for more information on Phase 1C (see link above).

Vaccination clinics in Northern Kentucky are going well, but quantities of vaccine remain extremely limited.  Patience is requested as we continue to move through the phases.

B1.1.7 (UK) Variant Strain in NKY
On January 27, NKY Health announced that the B.1.1.7 strain of the virus that causes COVID-19 was detected in Kenton County.  Two cases were identified with this strain and the disease investigation is on-going to identify exposures and additional contacts.  This strain is more contagious but does not necessarily cause more severe illness than other strains that have been circulating in NKY thus far.

• The same prevention measures are effective against this strain – wearing a face mask, social distancing, avoiding gatherings, washing hands frequently, and staying home if you are ill and getting tested.  Please urge residents to consistently follow these measures.
• Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccine are considered effective against this strain.  All residents should pursue vaccination as soon as they are eligible and have the opportunity to be vaccinated.

as of 1/22/2021

From the Northern Kentucky Health Department:

Vaccines are coming, and NKY Health is vaccinating as many people as possible given the supplies of vaccines available.  They have asked we share the important information below:

  • Vaccinations are currently being provided by NKY Health, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and HealthPoint Family Care to residents of NKY as quickly as they receive the vaccines.  However, at this time, vaccine doses are extremely limited and we only schedule appointments based on the amount of vaccine that we have been allocated.  As a result, the appointments at all the locations quickly filled up through January 28.
  • The state and federal governments are changing strategies to be able to get more vaccine pushed out through additional providers and access points in the coming weeks.
  • Government officials have consistently stated that it will take months for the population to be vaccinated.
  • As eager as so many people are to get vaccinated, we ask for patience and understanding as the providers continue to vaccinate Northern Kentuckians with the limited doses available.
  • Please monitor the latest information on vaccination opportunities through our website (www.nkyhealth.org and click on COVID Vaccination Information), local media, and social media (nkyhealth).

Vaccines are available in phases, based on health conditions and availability.  You can learn more about the phases of vaccination at:

https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine

For questions regarding the vaccines, scheduling and appointments, please call the Northern Kentucky Health Department or consult with your physician regarding your status to receive the vaccine.

as of 4/17/2020

Mayor Larry Solomon provides an update on the City of Union and area COVID-19 response.  You can download and read the PDF at the link below.
MAYOR LETTER 3 — 4-17-2020

as of 4/10/2020

Mayor Larry Solomon provides an update on the City of Union and area COVID-19 response.  You can download and read the PDF at the link below.

Mayor Larry Update 04-10-2020

as of 4/2/2020

Mayor Larry Solomon provides an update on the City of Union and area COVID-19 response.  You can download and read the PDF at the link below.

Mayor Larry Update

as of 4/1/2020

The Northern Kentucky Health Department requests residents to notify the Kentucky Hotline of any instances where social distancing is not being practiced.  The number for the COVID-19 Hotline is 1-800-722-5725.  We are encouraging local HOA’s to remove or close those items such as basketball hoops and playgrounds where people can congregate and not practice proper social distancing behaviors.

as of 3/27/2020

We are sorry, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are forced to CANCEL this year’s Easter Egg Hunt. We know the children will be disappointed, and the Easter Bunny is very sad, but it is in the interest of keeping us all #HealthyatHome #TeamKentucky

 

An important update to Kentucky Tax Info. The deadline is extended to July 15–but interest on any amount you may owe the state is NOT. The rate is 12%. Please consult with your tax professional to see how this impacts your return:

Kentucky Income Tax Return Filing Date Extended to July 15
(March 22, 2020) At the direction of Governor Beshear, the Kentucky Department of Revenue (DOR) will adopt most of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) income tax relief described in recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2020-18.

This includes:

Extending the 2019 Kentucky income tax return filing due date from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020.
Late filing penalties will be waived for 2019 Kentucky income returns that are filed by July 15, 2020.
Kentucky income tax payments due on April 15, 2020 are deferred for 90 days to July 15, 2020.
Late payment penalties will be waived for income tax payments deferred from April 15, 2020 to July 15, 2020. However, interest still applies to the deferred income tax payments because Kentucky law prohibits the waiver of interest.
The Kentucky relief applies only to income taxes.
Additional guidance on COVID-19 Kentucky income tax relief will soon be available on DOR’s website.

 

as of 3/25/2020

The City Commission of Union will hold a VIRTUAL Special Meeting.  Learn all the details, including agenda and how to join the meeting at https://www.cityofunionky.org/special-meeting-3-26-2020/

as of 3/20/2020

The City of Union issues an executive order declaring a state of emergency and activating the Boone County Emergency Response Plan.  Read the order here

as of 3/19/2020

Our City Offices are still working, but we are not able to allow visitors. We have social distancing guidelines in place and most staff are working remotely. We can still respond to your needs, and our phones are being answered or monitored for messages. We will respond to your requests via the phone-so if you don’t get an answer, please leave a message! We have our office phones transferred to personal phones when not in the office, so if we just answer with a hearty Hello—we hope you understand.

You can still access our permits and complaint forms online at our website at cityofunionky.org/forms We are also monitoring our email accounts and can respond to those.

Rice Cemetery is available for burials, as long as compliant with the health department recommendations. We will, however, only be selling plots for immediate burial needs until further notice. As this situation develops, we will continue to keep you updated on changes to our city services.

as of 3/16/2020:
In accordance with Boone County, we will be restricting face-to-face interactions between City Service Staff and the Public in Response to Coronavirus starting 3/16/2020.

Serving our citizens remains our top priority for city staff. Please contact our offices via phone or email for questions or for any needs.

Cityofunionky.org
or
859-384-1511

We will continue to follow county and state guidance regarding keeping our offices open. Our website and social media will have the most up-to-date information possible.

In event of emergency, please contact Communications and Operations Director
Melissa Hinkle at
620-200-7074

Or [email protected]

At this time (3/11/2020), there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Northern Kentucky, but we should anticipate the likelihood of cases occurring throughout the Commonwealth, including NKY.

This is something to take seriously, but not panic.

This is the time to be pro-active – There are actions we all can take to plan and prepare ourselves and our families.

Pay attention to personal hygiene (For example, washing hands, keeping your hands away from your face, staying away from ill people, staying home from school or work if you or a child is sick).

Remember that 80% of people who get infected will have mild illness.

If you have a fever, cough, and trouble breathing, call your health care provider to find out what you should do.

People over 60 and those with chronic medical conditions like diabetes, heart disease, lung disease, or kidney disease are more likely to have serious complications.  If you fit these categories, you should avoid crowds and do not fly on airplanes or go on cruise ships.

The NKY Health Department is working closely with all sectors of the community (e.g. local government, emergency management, fire/EMS, St. Elizabeth, CVG, schools, businesses, social services, and many others) to ensure that we are prepared together.

If you have a question or a concern, call the KY COVID HOTLINE at  1-800-722-5725.

 

You can stay up to date and find helpful resources by going to the health department’s website at nkyhealth.org (type COVID in the search box) or go to the websites for the CDC or Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Remain calm and take the appropriate steps to stay healthy.

Lynne Saddler, MD, MPH
District Director of Health

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