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COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue in Tiers 1A, 1B, & Expansion of 1C as GRDHD Reports 30 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

March 22nd, 2021

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COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue in Tiers 1A, 1B, & Expansion of 1C as GRDHD Reports 30 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases On Monday, March 22, 2021, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 30 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 20 in Daviess County, 1 in Hancock County, 6 in Henderson County, 1 in Ohio County, and 2 in Union County. Last week, Green River District saw an additional 226 reported COVID-19 cases. The previous week also saw 3 COVID-19 related deaths in the seven county region. Based on the state of Kentucky’s audit of death certificates from March 2020 through February 2021, there were also 26 additional COVID-19 related Green River District deaths reported.

 There have been 20,557 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 18,415 (90%).

 5 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.

 858 (4%) have required hospitalization.

 There have been 371 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.  The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 420,828 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,738 statewide deaths.

GRDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Green River District Health Department is continuing to vaccinate in tiers 1A, 1B, and 1C which includes health care workers, first responders, daycare workers, essential workers, anyone 16 years of age or older with CDC highest risk COVID-19 conditions, and those 50 years of age or older. Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health department to be placed on our waiting list.

“We are at a critical point in our COVID-19 response efforts. The virus is still circulating in our communities and it is too early to let up on the efforts that are driving the number of cases down. The vaccine will save lives. It is important for us to get as many people vaccinated as soon as we can. So when it is your turn, get vaccinated,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “As we move into the next phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for us to continue to practice the three “W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance when in public or around individuals outside your own household.”

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to determine which phase they are in, find a vaccine location, and sign-up for update notifications. Additional COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at www.healthdepartment.orgvaccinefinder.org 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.

COVID-19 Testing & Flu Shots

Green River District Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing. To schedule an appointment visit the GRDHD website, https://healthdepartment.org, and follow the COVID-19 Test prompts. You must be pre-registered to be tested.

GRDHD COVID-19 Testing Schedule

Location Dates Time

Daviess County Health Center March 24 & 31 11:00 AM – 12:00PM

Hancock County Health Center March 24 & 31 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Henderson County Health Center March 24 & 31 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

McLean County Health Center March 24 & 31 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ohio County Health Center March 23 & 30 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Union County Health Center March 24 & 31 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Webster County Health Center March 24 & 31 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Flu shots, including the high dose vaccine for those 65 years of age and older, can also be scheduled on our website or by calling your county health department for an appointment.

Additional COVID-19 Guidance The health department wants to reinforce this guidance with the community:  Stay home, avoid crowds and social distance.

 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.

 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: 44

Age Range: 1 month to 102 years old

Male: 46.7% Female: 53.3%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 9:00 AM March 22, 2021

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 9,792 8,846 1 347 173

Hancock 794 706 0 22 16

Henderson 4,328 3,772 3 202 70

McLean 832 762 0 48 28

Ohio 2,422 2,183 1 121 51

Union 1,229 1,130 0 64 14

Webster 1,160 1,016 0 54 19

Total 20,557 18,415 5 858 371

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 84

1-11 754

12-19 1,846

20-29 3,391

30-39 3,248

40-49 3,217

50-59 2,956

60-69 2,482

70-79 1,521

80+ 1,058

Total 20,557

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