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GRDHD Reports 28 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 28 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

July 17th, 2020

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On Friday, July 17, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 28 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 11 in Daviess County, 2 in Hancock County, 2 in Henderson County, 12 in Ohio County, and 1 in Union County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 1,220. Twenty-five reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized. Of the 1,220 confirmed cases in the district, 124 (10%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 970 (79.5%).

The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 21,083 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 650 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. Practice the three “W’s”: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “We encourage anyone who has been in crowds, had close contact with people in public, or traveled recently to get tested.”

COVID-19 Testing

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. GRDHD COVID-19 Testing Schedule Location Dates Time

Daviess County Health Center July 22nd & 29th 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM & 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Hancock County Health Center July 22nd & 29th 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Henderson County Health Center July 22nd , 23rd , 28th, & 29th 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

McLean County Health Center July 21st & 28th 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ohio County Health Center July 21st & 28th 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Union County Health Center July 22nd & 29th 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Webster County Health Center July 22nd & 29th 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

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 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.

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 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 July 17, 2020

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 543 449 11 51 7

Hancock 33 21 2 3 0

Henderson 220 182 0 31 4

McLean 36 27 0 4 1

Ohio 299 216 11 24 1

Union 31 26 0 2 0

Webster 58 49 1 9 0

Total 1,220 970 25 124 13

Additional demographic information includes*

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

Average age: 43

Age range: 7 months old – 95

Male – 50%

Female – 50%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 3

1-11 27

12-19 73

20-29 229

30-39 251

40-49 233

50-59 161

60-69 123

70-79 71

80+ 45

Total 1,216

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