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GRDHD Reports 42 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and 4 COVID-19 Related Deaths

GRDHD Reports 42 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and 4 COVID-19 Related Deaths

Bill Stephens

February 26th, 2021

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On Friday, February 26, 2021, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 42 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 30 in Daviess County, 1 in Hancock County, 5 in Henderson County, 2 in McLean County, 3 in Ohio County, and 1 in Webster County. The COVID-19 related deaths were residents of Daviess County.

 There have been 19,973 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 17,642 (88%).

 16 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.

 838 (4%) have required hospitalization.

 There have been 332 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 401,750 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,570 statewide deaths.

GRDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Availability

Green River District Health Department is continuing to vaccinate in tiers 1A and 1B, which includes health care workers, first responders, daycare workers, and those 70 years of age or older. As vaccine quantities and available appointment times allow, persons in Phase 1C with an emphasis on those aged 60 and older may also be scheduled to ensure our vaccination sites are administering 90% or more of all vaccine doses within 7 days of arrival. Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health department to be placed on our waiting list.

“The vaccine will save lives. It is important for us to get as many people vaccinated as soon as we can,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “As we move into the next phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for us to continue to 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.”

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to determine which phase they are in, find a vaccine location, and sign-up for update notifications. 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 has vaccines available to healthcare workers in the region, first responders, and the general population over the age of 70. You can make a new appointment online at owensborohealth.org/vaccine or by calling central scheduling at 270-685-7100. Information on COVID-19 vaccine at Deaconess in Henderson County and Union County can be found here, https://www.deaconess.com/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine Ohio County Healthcare is registering patients 70 and older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine when supplies are available. To sign up, individuals age 70+ can call 270-215-9082 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm or visit https://ochcares.com/COVID

COVID-19 Testing & Flu Shots

Green River District 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 pre-registered to be tested.

GRDHD COVID-19 Testing Schedule

Location Dates Time

Daviess County Health Center March 3, 10, 17,24, & 31 11:00 AM – 12:00PM

Hancock County Health Center March 3, 10, 17,24, & 31 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Henderson County Health Center March 3, 10, 17,24, & 31 1:00 PM – 2;:0 PM

McLean County Health Center March 3, 10, 17,24, & 31 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ohio County Health Center March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Union County Health Center March 3, 10, 17,24, & 31 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Webster County Health Center March 3, 10, 17,24, & 31 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

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.

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: 44

Age Range: 1 month to 102 years old

Male: 46.6% Female: 53.4%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 9:00 AM February 26, 2021

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 9,471 8,386 6 338 156

Hancock 768 686 1 22 15

Henderson 4,221 3,670 2 197 57

McLean 821 742 1 48 26

Ohio 2,336 2,070 4 116 48

Union 1,214 1,092 2 63 13

Webster 1,142 996 0 54 17

Total 19,973 17,642 16 838 332

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group

Age Range

Number of Cases

< 1 78

1-11 716

12-19 1,768

20-29 3,280

30-39 3,163

40-49 3,122

50-59 2,879

60-69 2,429

70-79 1,498

80+ 1,040

Total 19,973

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