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GRDHD Reports 12 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 12 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

June 16th, 2020

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On Tuesday June 16, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 12 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 4 in Daviess County, 4 in Henderson County, 3 in Ohio County, and 1 in Union County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 778. One reported confirmed case is currently hospitalized. Of the 778 confirmed cases in the district, 88 (11%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 684 (88%). The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 12,647 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 505 statewide deaths.

“It is more important now than ever that you use good judgment and follow our recommendations to protect yourself and your family. The virus is still out there,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “We encourage anyone who has been in crowds or had close contact with people in public to get tested.”

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. Curbside testing will be offered at our clinic locations in McLean and Ohio County today. On June 17th curbside testing will be offered at our clinic locations in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Union, and Webster County. Testing will be provided from our mobile unit at Dugan Best Park in Owensboro and our clinic location in Henderson County on June 18th. 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 16, 2020 County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 355 324 0 34 7

Hancock 12 8 0 1 0

Henderson 142 113 0 29 4

McLean 26 25 0 4 1

Ohio 188 164 0 11 0

Union 19 15 1 2 0

Webster 36 35 0 7 0

Total 778 684 1 88 12

Additional demographic information includes*

Average age: 42

Age range: 7 months old – 93

Male – 53.4% Female – 46.6%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 2

1-11 16

12-19 40

20-29 139

30-39 170

40-49 166

50-59 108

60-69 77

70-79 33

80+ 23

Total 774

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

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