Covington, which currently has a population of 40 thousand people was founded in 1814 by John Gano (Baptist Minister and ancestor of billionaire Howard Hughes, Jr.), Richard Gano and Thomas Carneal and officially incorporated a year later by the Kentucky General Assembly.
The total area of the city is 13.7 square miles giving the city a population density of about 3 thousand people per square mile which brings it close to ranking within the top 50 in the United States.
As of the year 2000, there were 43 thousand people as part of 10 thousand families residing in 18 thousand homes within the city. The median income for a the city is $30 thousand for a household. Although this is below the national average Covington also has some of the least expensive real estate in Kentucky with the median house price hovering around $95 thousand, which is $30 thousand less than Kentucky's average and $83 thousand less than the national average.
St. Elizabeth healthcare is the city's largest employer, employing 6,300 people. The next two largest employers are the Internal Revenue Service with 4,000 employees and Fidelity Investments with 3,900 employees. No other employer in the city employs more than 1,000 people.
Covington is also known for its beautiful and historic churches, with the most known ones being:
Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption in Covington
Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church
Latonia Christian Church
Mother of God Parish
Trinity Episcopal Church
Eastside Church of the Nazarene
First Christian Church Covington
Covington Board of Education Approved Drug Testing:
Random drug testing of students at Covington schools was recently approved by the Covington Board of Education. Community members and parents looking for a school district for their children have expressed disappointment in this approval and felt that the policy should be discussed further before being passed.
The board had mentioned that they may go into executive session before voting on the policy after hearing comments from Covington students and parents. One parent had this to say on the subject:
“That’s really sad that you told the students that. A lot of them, this is their first experience of government interaction, and you lied to them.”
The board president, Dean Pond, said:
“We didn't intentionally lie or try to deceive them, we want to help them, we want to prevent something from happening.”
The high school principal, Josh Long, explained the new drug test policy to the students and told them the board would be open to comments from the students on the matter. Long said in reference to the high school:
“Last year, I didn't have a single problem where drugs came up. I could name almost 10 incidents right now this year.”
Changes to the student drug testing policy include requiring students to empty their pockets before their drug tests and extending the options for the drug testing to include fingernails, saliva, urine and hair. Parents are to check a box on a permission slip sent home on which option they would prefer for their child.
With the recent surge in drug use in schools due to the introduction to society of synthetic drugs like K2, Spice & Bath Salts, the Board of Education is adamant about stopping drug use as early on as possible. Parents however feel that this decision was not discussed fully and that a different approach would be more desirable.
New Legislation Bring Needle Exchanges to Kentucky:
The topic of needle exchanges for heroin users is a rather controversial one. The programs allow drug users to turn in their dirty needles and get clean ones back. Supporters of these programs say that they help stop the spread of diseases such as HIV, while also giving the exchange centers the opportunity to get drug users tested for diseases and maybe even get them into treatment for their addictions. Opponents to the program say that the despite the intentions of the program, the reality is that they are just enabling drug users to continue using.
In 2013, there were just over 200 such programs throughout the nation. Northern Kentucky had a few such programs in operation, but they were not approved or sanctioned by state or local health officials. This new Kentucky legislation allows needle exchanges in Kentucky.
Vice-chair of the Senate judiciary committee, Sen. Wil Schroder, said "I've done a 180 on the subject." The decision was in part made due to the high rates of disease spread through the sharing of needles in the state.
Kentucky health officials stated that the number of cases of hep C is alarming. In 2014 the regional health district reported 44 total cases of hep C, or 10.9 cases per 100 thousand people. The national average is 0.15 cases per 100 thousand and the statewide average is 0.98 cases per 100 thousand. This is not just a slightly above average rate, but is 72 times the national average and 11 times the state average.
A district health director for the Northern Kentucky Health Department, Dr. Lynne Saddler, said:
"That story made this very real to a lot of people, there are so many benefits to such a program, and we are not asking for a mandate here."
Covington Treatment Options:
Unfortunately Covington has only two treatment centers for drug and alcohol addicts to go to when they are seeking help. Both of these treatment centers work on an outpatient care basis only, so it may be a good idea to look at going outside of the city to find treatment.
Inpatient care has a major advantage over outpatient care in that the addict is able to leave his daily environment and routine that may have been a contributing factor in him turning to drugs to begin with.
If you do wish to stay within Covington though, the centers that are there do provide specialty programs for a variety of special circumstances including programs for adolescents and teens.