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COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue in All Phases as Benefits of Being Fully Vaccinated are Emerging

Bill Stephens

May 17th, 2021

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GRDHD Reports 39 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases On Saturday, May 15, 2021, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 39 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 13 in Daviess County, 2 in Hancock County, 15 in Henderson County, 1 in McLean County, 1 in Ohio County, 1 in Union County, and 6 in Webster County.  There have been 22,031 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 19,717 (90%).

 11 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.

 878 (4%) have required hospitalization.

 There have been 395 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 451,766 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6,643 statewide deaths.

GRDHD COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Availability

Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination eligibility is expanded to include all phases. All persons age 12 or older are eligible for Pfizer and all persons age 18 and older are eligible for Moderna. Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health department to be placed on our scheduling list.

Green River District Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing. To schedule an appointment visit the GRDHD website, healthdepartment.org, and follow the COVID-19 Test prompts or call your local county health department. You must be pre-registered to be tested. Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find a vaccine location and sign-up for update notifications.

Additional COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at vaccines.gov Retail pharmacies and health centers are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations. Kentucky COVID-19 vaccine dashboard and information: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 800-722-5725 can answer general COVID-19 vaccine questions.

Owensboro Health – You can make a new COVID-19 vaccination appointment online at owensborohealth.org/vaccine or by calling central scheduling at 270-685-7100.

Deaconess in Henderson County and Union County – COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at https://www.deaconess.com/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine.

Ohio County Healthcare – To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment visit https://ochcares.com/COVID or call 270-215-9082 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

New CDC Guidance Released –

Choosing Safer Activities

 If you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

 When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.

 Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk.

 Unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, and immunocompromised individuals should continue to take all the same precautions like wearing a mask and socially distancing as they have been.

 Masks are still required for all individuals in health care facilities, confinement facilities, nursing homes, schools, and public transportation.

If you are fully vaccinated you have a strong level of protection against COVID-19.

 The supply of vaccines is plentiful in our communities. If you have not been vaccinated yet, you are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible! Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find the most convenient vaccination location.

Additional COVID-19 Guidance

A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business, and workplace guidance. Fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter.

For additional guidance go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

The health department wants to reinforce this guidance with the community:  Avoid crowds and social distance, if you are not fully vaccinated.

 Avoid close contact with people who are sick (fever, cough, sneeze, and difficulty breathing).

 To avoid close contact, stay at least 6 feet away from others.

 Wear a mask when you have to go out in public if you are not fully vaccinated.  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.  Stay home when you are sick.

 Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  To avoid coughing into your hands, you can cough into your elbow.

 Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

 Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

 If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

If you are sick, experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, including but not limited to a fever, cough, and shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, or feel you have a medical emergency, call your health care provider. Adults over 60 and people who have severe chronic medical conditions like heart, lung or kidney disease seem to be at higher risk for more serious COVID-19 illness. Those individuals should be extra vigilant and stay home. To help answer the community’s questions about COVID-19, the Kentucky Department for Public health has set up a website with the latest guidance and information for Kentucky residents – www.kycovid19.ky.gov. The public can also call the Kentucky COVID-19 hotline at 800-722-5725.

Demographics

The cases being reported from the Green River District Health Department are being investigated and confirmed locally. These cases are then reported to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Average Age: 43

Age Range: 1 month to 102 years old

Male: 46.8% Female: 53.2%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 6:00 PM May 14, 2021

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths % Vaccinated*

Daviess 10,526 9,531 1 347 182 36.37

Hancock 853 772 0 22 16 40.20%

Henderson 4,697 4,085 5 210 78 29.29%

McLean 869 794 1 52 28 33.14%

Ohio 2,520 2,266 1 114 56 26.58%

Union 1,309 1,186 2 72 15 23.59%

Webster 1,257 1,083 1 60 20 27.51%

Total 22,031 19,717 11 878 395 NA

*Percent vaccinated data source: Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 91

1-11 820

12-19 2,087

20-29 3,652

30-39 3,522

40-49 3,451

50-59 3,153

60-69 2,594

70-79 1,572

80+ 1,089

Total 22,031

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