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GRDHD Reports 250 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Infections as Alarming Increase in New COVID-19 Cases Continues

Bill Stephens

July 27th, 2021

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On Tuesday, July 27, 2021, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 250 additional
confirmed COVID-19 cases with 141 in Daviess County, 1 in Hancock County, 39 in Henderson County, 4
in McLean County, 29 in Ohio County, 17 in Union County, and 19 in Webster County. Our current 7 day
average for new cases in the 7 county district is 70.3 new cases a day. The newly reported cases were
investigated between July 23rd and July 26th
.
 There have been 23,578 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
 12 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
 945 (4%) have required hospitalization.
 There have been 412 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 476,650 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,319
statewide deaths.

“We are seeing an alarming rise in our incidence of new COVID-19 cases” said Clay Horton, GRDHD
Public Health Director. “The best way to protect yourself and those you love is to get vaccinated against
COVID-19. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective. If you are not yet fully vaccinated, at higherrisk, or work in a high traffic public job like retail or dining, continue to wear a mask when in indoor
public spaces. If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, get vaccinated immediately!”

GRDHD COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Availability

All persons age 12 or older are eligible for Pfizer and all persons age 18 and older are eligible for
Moderna. Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health. CDC recommends that anyone
with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If
you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay
away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your healthcare provider or a public
health professional. Green River District Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing. To
schedule an appointment visit the GRDHD website, healthdepartment.org, and follow the COVID-19 Test
prompts or call your local county health department.

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information


Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find a vaccine location and sign-up for update
notifications. Additional COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at vaccines.gov
Retail pharmacies and health centers are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations.
Kentucky COVID-19 vaccine dashboard and information: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine
Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 800-722-5725 can answer general COVID-19 vaccine questions.
Owensboro Health – You can make a new COVID-19 vaccination appointment online at
owensborohealth.org/vaccine or by calling central scheduling at 270-685-7100.
Deaconess in Henderson County and Union County – COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at
https://www.deaconess.com/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine
Ohio County Healthcare – To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment visit
https://ochcares.com/COVID or call 270-215-9082 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Choosing Safer Activities

 If you are fully vaccinated you can do many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
 When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.
 Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk.
 Unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, and immunocompromised individuals should continue to take
all the same precautions like wearing a mask and socially distancing as they have been.
 Masks are still required for all individuals in health care facilities, confinement facilities, nursing
homes, schools, and public transportation.
 If you are fully vaccinated you have a strong level of protection against COVID-19.
 The supply of vaccines is plentiful in our communities. If you have not been vaccinated yet, you are
strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible! Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to
find the most convenient vaccination location.

Additional COVID-19 Guidance

A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the
Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen
vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated.
Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to
wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal,
or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business, and workplace guidance. Fully
vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or
employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter. For additional guidance go to
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html

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: 43
Age Range: 1 month to 102 years old
Male: 46.8%
Female: 53.2%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 6:00 PM July 26, 2021
County Confirmed
Cases
Current
Incidence
Rate*
Current
Hospitalizations
Ever
Hospitalized
Deaths %
Vaccinated**
Daviess 11,154 33.775 4 368 191 44.71
Hancock 887 19.655 0 23 16 44.95
Henderson 5,037 31.915 2 222 82 35.03
McLean 912 7.758 0 57 30 37.82
Ohio 2,666 31.556 3 122 56 31.17
Union 1,438 24.834 0 79 15 28.26
Webster 1,484 49.672 3 74 22 32.92
Total 23,578 NA 12 945 412 NA

  • 7 day average of new cases per 100,000 population – source: kycovid19.ky.gov
    ** Percent vaccinated data source: Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

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