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GRDHD Reports 1 Death, 25 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Drive Through Testing is Full

GRDHD Reports 1 Death, 25 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Drive Through Testing is Full

Bill Stephens

April 30th, 2020

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On Thursday April 30, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 1 death and 25 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases –5 in Daviess County, 2 in Henderson County, 2 in McLean County, 15 in Ohio County, and 1 in Webster County. The COVID-19 related death was a Daviess County resident. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 365. Nineteen people in the district are currently hospitalized. Of the 365 confirmed cases in the district, 47 (13%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 173 (47%). As of April 29, 2020 the state of Kentucky was reporting 4,539 confirmed cased of COVID-19 and 235 statewide deaths.

GRDHD is offering drive through COVID-19 testing Tuesday May 5 through Thursday May 7, 2020. All of the available testing times have been filled. You must be pre-registered to be tested. The testing site is on the campus of Owensboro Community and Technical College. If you are pre-registered for testing, you will contacted to complete the registration process. 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.

“We all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, avoid crowds, wash your hands, and practice physical social distancing – staying at least 6 feet away from others. We can’t let our guard down.” said Clay Horton, Public Health Director. “We are happy to have been given the opportunity to help expand testing resources in our community. This is just one more piece to fulfilling our testing needs. We are thankful of all the help and support we get from our partners in the health care sector
who are also continuing to provide COVID-19 testing for our community as well.”

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 cloth face cover 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.
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.

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

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 9:00 AM April 30, 2020
County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations
Ever Hospitalized Deaths
Daviess 188 96 7 19 4
Hancock 6 5 0 0 0
Henderson 67 36 6 15 1
McLean 14 5 1 2 1
Ohio 58 14 2 5 0
Union 7 4 0 0 0
Webster 25 13 3 6 0
Total 365 173 19 47 6

Additional demographic information includes
Average age: 45
Age range: 7 months old – 93
Male – 53.8%
Female – 46.2%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group

Age Range
< 1 1
1-11 3
12-19 14
20-29 63
30-39 71
40-49 80
50-59 60
60-69 41
70-79 17
80+ 15
Total 365

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