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GRDHD Reports 2 Deaths and 11 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 2 Deaths and 11 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

May 19th, 2020

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On Tuesday May 19, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 11 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 2 in Daviess County, 2 in Henderson County, 1 in McLean County, and 6 in Ohio County. GRDHD also reported two additional COVID-19 deaths. The COVID-19 related deaths were a resident of Daviess County and a resident of Henderson County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 595. Fourteen people in the district are currently hospitalized. Of the 595 confirmed cases in the district, 69 (11%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 434 (73%). As of May 18, 2020 the state of Kentucky was reporting 7,935 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 346 statewide deaths.

The health department will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing this week. Curbside testing will be available at our clinic sites in McLean and Webster Counties today. We will also provide testing from our
mobile unit in Fordsville, Kentucky in Ohio County today. Testing will be available at our Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, and Union County locations tomorrow, Wednesday May 20. 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. 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.
Kroger will also will be providing testing at the Ohio County Fairgrounds this week Tuesday – Thursday. To sign-up for the Kroger testing site visit https://www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing.

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 May 19, 2020
County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations
Ever Hospitalized Deaths
Daviess 289 222 5 26 5
Hancock 6 6 0 1 0
Henderson 97 70 8 23 4
McLean 21 18 0 2 1
Ohio 140 82 0 10 0
Union 9 8 0 1 0
Webster 33 28 1 6 0
Total 595 434 14 69 10

Additional demographic information includes*
Average age: 43
Age range: 7 months old – 93
Male – 55.4%
Female – 44.6%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*
Age Range
< 1 2
1-11 7
12-19 24
20-29 100
30-39 133
40-49 128
50-59 93
60-69 60
70-79 25
80+ 19
Total 591
*Not all demographic information is available
because of incomplete reporting from a testing

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