COVINGTON, Ky. — It's been talked about nationally all through the holidays: Long COVID-19 testing lines. That trend has continued at a Gravity Diagnostics site in Covington.

What You Need To Know

  • 1,386 new COVID cases were reported before the weekend in Northern Kentucky

  • As of Friday, Jan. 7, St. Elizabeth reported 207 COVID inpatients, a number that's risen from 180 on Jan. 3

  • School districts across NKY are returning to remote learning

  • Health experts are encouraging everyone to get tested and vaccinated 

On Saturday, Adam Guthaus and his family were getting tested after learning a neighbor caught it.

“It’s getting too close to home. We just want to make sure everybody’s okay," Guthaus said.

The novel coronavirus is one many Northern Kentuckians now have, with the Northern Kentucky Health Department reporting 1,386 new cases just before the weekend.

“A lot more people we know are getting it and we just want to be safe," Guthaus added.

COVID-19 is impacting some of the school systems in the area. Covington Independent Public Schools posted on their website that they'd be spending the next week in a remote classroom due to the increase in cases.

It also has hospitalization numbers on the rise. On Monday, Jan. 3, St. Elizabeth reported 180 COVID inpatient hospitalizations. As of the following Friday, that number had jumped to 207 (with 32 patients in the ICU and 18 on ventilators).

Guthaus said that if you're going to be out in the community, get tested.

“I think it’s worth to just in case just get tested.There’s nothing wrong with it, it doesn’t hurt. It’s worth the wait and at least you know," Guthaus said.