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GRDHD Reports 214 Additional COVID-19 Cases & 13 COVID-19 Related Deaths

GRDHD Reports 214 Additional COVID-19 Cases & 13 COVID-19 Related Deaths

Bill Stephens

November 17th, 2020

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On Tuesday, November 17, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 214 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 88 in Daviess County, 13 in Hancock County, 41 in Henderson County, 13 in McLean County, 23 in Ohio County, 17 in Union County, and 19 in Webster County. The COVID-19 related deaths were 5 residents of Daviess County, 2 residents of Hancock County, 1 resident of Henderson County, 2 residents of McLean County, 2 residents of Ohio County, and 1 resident of Webster County. This is the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day for the seven county region, surpassing the November 13, 2020, report of 156 new cases.

 There have been 6,869 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 5,399 (80%).

 44 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.

 455 (7%) have required hospitalization.

 There have been 122 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 139,097 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,664 statewide deaths.

“Practice the three “W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. It is important to protect yourself and those around you,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “This is crucial when interacting with anyone outside of your household, including friends, extended family, coworkers, and in public settings. Do not host or attend gatherings of any kind. Leaders of organizations like churches, team coaches, and workplace supervisors are encouraged to lead by example and make wise decisions to protect those for whom you are responsible.”

COVID-19 Testing & Flu Shots

The health department is offering free COVID-19 testing. We encourage anyone who has been in crowds, had close contact with people in public, or traveled recently to get tested. 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. 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.

GRDHD COVID-19 Testing Schedule

Location Dates Time

Daviess County Health Center November 18 & 24 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Hancock County Health Center November 18 & 25 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Henderson County Health Center November 18 & 23 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

McLean County Health Center November 18 & 24 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ohio County Health Center November 24 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Union County Health Center November 18 & 23 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Webster County Health Center November 18 & 23 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

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: 45

Age Range: 1 month to 100 years old

Male: 44.9% Female: 55.1%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 9:00 AM November 17, 2020

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 2,708 2,162 16 169 39

Hancock 231 161 4 14 8

Henderson 1,726 1,353 12 124 37

McLean 323 223 6 25 12

Ohio 801 641 3 56 14

Union 622 523 0 37 6

Webster 458 336 3 30 6

Total 6,869 5,399 44 455 122

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 23

1-11 205

12-19 556

20-29 1,152

30-39 1,064

40-49 1,043

50-59 969

60-69 868

70-79 565

80+ 420

Total 6,865

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

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