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GRDHD Reports 1 Death and 8 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 1 Death and 8 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

June 5th, 2020

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On Friday, June 5, 2020, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 8 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 3 in Daviess County, 1 in Hancock County, 1 in McLean County, 2 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 717. Eleven people in the district are currently hospitalized. Of the 717 confirmed cases in the district, 86 (12%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 579 (81%). The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 10,705 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 458 statewide deaths.

“As things continue to open up we want to remind everyone the virus is still out there,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “It is more important now than ever that you use good judgment and follow our recommendations to protect yourself and your family.”

The 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 preregistered to be tested. On June 9th and 16th curbside testing will be offered at our clinic locations in McLean and Ohio County. Curbside testing will be offered at our clinic locations in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Union, and Webster County on June 10th and 17th.

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.

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. 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.

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 June 5, 2020 County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 337 282 6 34 6

Hancock 9 7 0 1 0

Henderson 121 95 5 28 4

McLean 25 23 0 4 1

Ohio 176 130 0 11 0

Union 14 9 0 1 0

Webster 35 33 0 7 0

Total 717 579 11 86 11

Additional demographic information includes*

Average age: 43

Age range: 7 months old – 93

Male – 53.2% Female – 46.8%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*

Age Range

< 1 2

1-11 13

12-19 28

20-29 127

30-39 160

40-49 152

50-59 103

60-69 73

70-79 32

80+ 23

Total 713

*Not all demographic information is available because of incomplete reporting from a testing site.

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