CORONAVIRUS (COVID 19) INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

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Boone County is taking a number of steps to provide accurate and timely information to citizens regarding the Corona virus outbreak and how the County government is responding.  A State of Emergency has been declared in Boone County in order to activate the County Emergency Operations Plan and to allow for efficient procurement and resource allocation in providing all necessary tools in providing government services. The NKY Health Department has advised that the residents in Boone County remain at low risk; however, everyone is encouraged to follow all Health Department and CDC guidelines to help prevent contracting or spreading the virus. This site provides links to resources at the Federal, state and local levels and identifies any policy or administrative changes impacting Boone County Departments. The site will be updated daily by Noon with the latest updates.  







                                                          LATEST UPDATES                                                     


April 4, 2020

The Northern Kentucky Health Department announced the first Boone County resident to die with Coronavirus. The full press release is available here

April 3, 2020

Effective Immediately, Boone Cliffs and Dinsmore Woods are closed to all visitors. The Parks Department will advise when the Cliffs and Dinsmore are re-opened.

April 2, 2020

Click HERE to see an important message from Local 12 meteorologist John Gumm and the Boone County Parks Department about  the importance of social distancing in County Parks.

April 1, 2020


In order to reduce person to person contact, Animal Control Officers are now restricted to responding to emergency calls for service. The department will increase open patrols in parks and areas with high running at large complaints in an effort to maintain visual presence in the community.


March 28, 2020

Due to numerous observations of users not observing social distancing, All playgrounds and basketball courts are CLOSED until further notice. Sports fields and courts are closed to all team and group play and closed to all activities where social distancing cannot be observed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
March 27, 2020

The Northern Kentucky Health Department has developed a website to track NKY cases of COVID-19. The website can be viewed by clicking here.


March 26, 2020

Boone County Fire Chiefs Association has issued a release reminding the public that Fire and EMS stands ready to assist for medical emergencies; however, in order to  allow for the most efficient service and protection of the public and first responders, please notify 911 call taker and responding personnel if ANYONE at the scene or in the home is currently sick, has flu-like symptoms, has traveled out of the area or been in a large gathering in the last 14 days. To review the full press release, please click here

Golf Courses Remain Closed at this time.






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 JUDGE/EXECUTIVE DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY

Boone County Judge/Executive Gary W. Moore has declared a State of Emergency in order to activate the County Emergency Operations Plan and to encourage cooperation between all levels of government and public health officials to ensure a proactive and coordinated response to the corona virus. While there have been no confirmed cases of corona virus in Boone County at this time, this action enables the Emergency Management Team to have additional resources at their disposal. This emergency declaration is in concert with declarations made by Campbell, Kenton, and Grant Counties which comprise the Northern Kentucky Health District.

declaration signing“Boone County has been closely monitoring the current situation and now is the appropriate time to act. We will continue to coordinate our efforts and assist in the multidisciplinary and regional response to the corona virus,” Judge/Executive Moore said.  “Boone County residents should remain calm and be confident that County government will be doing everything within its power to keep the community safe and prepared. I urge everyone to continue to take appropriate steps to protect their own health in accordance with Northern Kentucky Health Department and CDC guidelines. The entire County organization and the Health Department have my full support and confidence.”





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                                               COUNTY DEPARTMENT UPDATES


ACCESS TO ALL COUNTY BUILDINGS WILL BE RESTRICTED BEGINNING MARCH 20, 2020. NO PUBLIC ACCESS WILL BE AVAILABLE. ALL DEPARTMENTS ARE STAFFED AND CAN RESPOND TO NEEDS VIA E-MAIL AND PHONE. THE PUBLIC MAY SEND ITEMS VIA E-MAIL, MAIL OR COURIER TO COUNTY DEPARTMENTS


Alcoholic Beverage Control (334-3260)

  • All applications for new state licenses must be completed online at: https://abc-portal.ky.gov/s/
  • For new or renewed county licenses, applicant must mail copy of 2020 state license to the Boone County Clerk with proper payment. License will be returned via mail.
  • State Alcoholic Beverage Control has created a Restaurant Alcohol Order FAQ which can be viewed here.
  • Carry out of alcohol is limited to businesses that currently carry a package license.
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff.
  • All inquiries should be made via e-mail of phone
  • To view state order on restaurant closures and guidance on alcohol, click here.



Animal Control
  (859-586-5285)

  • All in-takes/surrenders at the Animal Shelter have been suspended. Please contact the Shelter if an emergency situation exists.  
  • The Office and Kennels are closed for public visitation at this time.
  • Licenses may be purchases via phone or mailed in to the Shelter.
  • Adoptions applications have been temporarily suspended. A new process will be announced soon.
  • Adoptable animals can be viewed on-line by clicking here
  • The volunteer program will be temporarily suspended to protect volunteers and staff. 
  • A donation receptacle has been placed outside the front door and will be available during business hours.
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff at the Shelter. 


Assisted Housing (334-2105)

  • Applications accepted by e-mail, courier, mail or fax only. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff at the office. 

Building Inspection (334-2218)

  • All permit applications must be submitted via e-mail, fax, mail or by courier. 
  • Inspectors will observe social distancing during inspections. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff. 

Emergency Management (334-2279)

  • No Face to face interaction between the public and staff. 


Finance and Occupational License (334-2145, Finance and 334-2144, Occupational License)

  • All license requests must be submitted via e-mail, fax, courier or mail.
  • All payments must be submitted via telephone or via mail.
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff.

 

Golf Courses (371-7550)

  • Boone Links and Lassing Pointe are closed effective 5pm on March 18.

Human Resources (334-3126)

  • All applications should be submitted electronically.
  • Inquiries and forms should be submitted via e-mail, courier or mail. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff. 
  • Meetings with staff should be conducted via phone. 

Human Services (334-2116)

  • Questions and inquiries must be made via e-mail or phone. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff. 

Information Systems (334-3567)

  • Questions and inquiries must be made via e-mail or phone. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff. 

Judge/ Executive (334-3126)

  • Questions and inquiries must be made via e-mail or phone. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff. 

Parks (334-2117)

  • Due to numerous observations of users not observing social distancing, All playgrounds and basketball courts are CLOSED until further notice. Sports fields and courts are closed to all team and group play and closed to all activities where social distancing cannot be observed.
  • Questions and inquiries must be made via e-mail or phone. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff. 
  • Youth Sports delayed a minimum of two weeks.
  • Park Shelter reservations are suspended until further notice.

Property Maintenance (334-2123)

  • Questions and inquiries must be made via e-mail or phone. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff.

Public Works (334-3600)

  • Boone County Recycling Program is suspended until further notice. Recycling bins have been removed and will be replaced when the program re-starts.
  • Solid Waste has postponed April 15 Spring Cleanup.
  • Questions and inquiries must be made via e-mail or phone. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff.
  • Encroachment permits and other forms should be submitted via e-mail, fax, courier or mail.
  • Appliance Drop-off at recycle center suspended under further notice.
  • Reforest NKY event has been postponed for April 4. 
  • In an effort to minimize exposure and reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Department of Public Works has implemented a plan to provide only essential and emergency services.  All reports to Public Works will be evaluated; but emergency responses will typically be limited to only the following instances

                    * Missing Stop sign or other roadway warning signs;

                    * Malfunctioning traffic light;

                    * Pothole or road failure causing immediate vehicle damage or motorist avoidance;

                    * Trees or other debris blocking roadway;

                    * Continual standing water in the roadway (not from flash flood).


PSCC (372-2300)

  • No face to face interaction between public and staff.
  • Florence Government Center is closed to the public.
  • Questions and inquiries must be made via e-mail, through the website or by phone.
  • Due to COVID-19 Our Records Department will be closed to the PublicAccident Reports may be obtained at www.buycrash.com  For all other reports please send a self addressed envelope with a note requesting the report number.  Included must have any information helpful in locating the report if the report number is not included such as people involved, location,  Date and Time of incident, the Law Enforcement agency that took the report (Sheriff Dept or Florence PD) and any other information that may be helpful in locating the report.  Mail the request to:

    Boone County Records
    8100 Ewing Blvd. Ste 100
    Florence, KY 41042



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GOVERNMENT OFFICE INFORMATION

The state has established a hotline for reporting any concerns by the community with business activities. The COVID-19 reporting hotline is 1-833-KY-SAFER or (833)-597-2337. Residents can report businesses that are open that are not practicing social distancing and the necessary hygiene steps. The hotline will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Residents can leave messages after hours to make sure all reports are recorded. All calls will be answered by a Kentucky Labor Cabinet employee.

Concerns regarding businesses or other entities open in violation of a state order or not practicing required social distancing or hygiene may also be reported to the NKY Health Department at 859-341-4264.



County Attorney/ Child Support (334-3200/ 586-9100)


  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff unless by appointment. 

Circuit Clerk/ Driver's License (448-2904 - driver's license)

  • Both driver’s license offices (Burlington and Florence) are closed until further notice. Citizens who are due to renew a motor vehicle license, including commercial driver’s licenses, will have an additional three months to obtain their renewal. .
  • All written and road driver's testing is suspended through April 6, 2020
  • Non-essential judicial activities suspended.
  • All attorneys encouraged to file new cases on-line.

County Clerk
(334-2108)


  • Office closed and restricted to no  face to face contact for all services until further notices at both Burlington and Florence offices. All business can be conducted on-line or via phone with the exception of the following: 1) Notary Services 2) Person to Person car sales and 3) Marriage License. These services will not be available until the office opens.
  • The Clerk has provided a resource for renewing on-line which can be viewed by clicking here.
  • Citizens encouraged to conduct all business on-line or via phone.
  • Staff are available to assist via e-mail and phone.  

County Sheriff (334-2175)

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office’s commitment to our customers is always of utmost importance. Our day to day operations have not changed and we are still offering all of our walk-in services during normal business hours, with a few exceptions. With that said, we are asking everyone to work with us in practicing social distancing to limit the potential spread of COVID-19 by considering the following alternatives to our walk-in services.

If you still need to pay your taxes, please visit: www.boonecountytax.com to make a payment. You can also pay over the phone by dialing (855) 938-6655 or by simply mailing your payment to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. 

When requesting reports, we are asking that you submit your request by mail, by phone or by emailing: bcs@boonecountyky.org. Collision reports can also be obtained by visiting: www.buycrash.com.

Carry and Concealed Deadly Weapons (CCDW) Applications/Renewals can be completed online by visiting: www.kentuckystatepolice.org/ccdw/ccdw-home/application. You are still required to pick up your CCDW License at the Boone County Sheriff’s Office.

Lastly, fingerprint cards for employment and security guard licensing will be suspended until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.


Planning Commission (334-2196)


  • All applications and submittals to be made via e-mail, courier or on-line.
  • Questions and inquiries must be made via e-mail or phone. 
  • No face to face interaction between the public and staff. 


Property Valuation Administrator (334-2181)

  • Suspended public visits until further notice.
  • Citizens encouraged to conduct all business on-line. 
  • Staff are available via e-mail and phone.



Cities of Florence, Union and Walton

Additional information regarding the cities in Boone County can be found on the City's website, which can be be viewed by clicking the appropriate link below:

     CITY OF FLORENCE

     CITY OF UNION

     CITY OF WALTON


Boone County Public Library (342- 2665)
 

  • All locations of Boone County Public Library (BCPL) are closed and will remain closed until further notice.
  • BCPL will reassess the situation weekly and follow guidance from state and county governments, and health officials. The Library asks customers not to return books and other items during the closing. Fines are also suspended until further notice.
  • Library cards that would have expired between now and the end of April have been renewed for 3 additional months
  • All materials currently checked out have been renewed until April 11th, regardless of holds or blocks
  • Our Digital Branch Manager is updating our website to include more information on the corona virus. (https://www.bcpl.org/)
  • Our Digital Branch Manager  is also updating our website to include resources to help educate and entertain our community while we are closed. (https://www.bcpl.org/research/covid-19/). Staff have created a shared document that is gathering everything we can find for this category.  
  • Our PR & Marketing Coordinator, and members of the social media team will be posting information and resources on all our social media channels.
  • We have supplied the username and password for all KYVL databases on the front page of our website. This will allow anyone without a library card to access the Kentucky Virtual Library resources. (The username and password have always been forbidden to share unless we verify someone has a library card. This is one of those better to ask forgiveness later decisions I made.)
  • We have created a generic library card and listed the number of the website that will allow access to Databases not supplied by KYVL.   
  • We will be canceling all programs through May, based on CDC recommendation. At the moment it looks like Summer Reading Kickoff on June 1will be our first program. There will not be a May newsletter.