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GRDHD Reports 450 New Confirmed COVID-19 Infections & 11 COVID-19 Related Deaths as All Counties Continue as Areas of High Transmission

Bill Stephens

September 21st, 2021


On Tuesday, September 21, 2021, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 450
new confirmed COVID-19 cases with 186 in Daviess County, 13 in Hancock County, 67 in Henderson
County, 22 in McLean County, 87 in Ohio County, 40 in Union County, and 35 in Webster County. The
COVID-19 related deaths were 3 residents of Daviess County, 2 residents of McLean County, 4 residents
of Ohio County, and 2 residents of Union County. Our current 7 day average for new cases in the 7
county district is 215 new cases a day. The newly reported cases were investigated between September
17th and September 20th.

 There have been 33,264 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
 There have been 496 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 658,231 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 8,339
statewide deaths.

“We are continuing to see very high incidence rates of COVID-19” 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. Wearing a mask when in public or around
people you don’t live with is an effective way to reduce spread. If you are not yet vaccinated, go get
vaccinated today. If you have to be in indoor public spaces, wear a mask. If you are around many
people right now, you should assume you are being exposed to the virus and do everything you can to
protect yourself.”

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 and Johnson & Johnson. CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID19 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.

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
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.
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. If
you have COVID-19 like symptoms you should get tested regardless of vaccination status. If you are fully
vaccinated and have a close exposure with someone that is infected (tested positive for COVID-19) you
do not need to quarantine as long as you are asymptomatic but it is recommended that you get tested
3-5 days after the exposure.

For additional guidance go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fullyvaccinated.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.


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: 41
Age Range: 5 days to 102 years old
Male: 47.1%
Female: 52.9%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 6:00 PM September 20, 2021
County Confirmed
Deaths %
Daviess 15,084 62.203 5 479 229 53.66
Hancock 1,230 70.429 1 30 17 57.25
Henderson 7,230 70.465 3 251 91 47.97
McLean 1,287 69.823 0 69 35 47.69
Ohio 3,950 99.43 2 153 69 38.09
Union 2,264 67.549 2 108 24 38.45
Webster 2,219 94.929 2 94 31 44.32
Total 33,264 NA 15 1,184 496 NA

  • 7 day average of new cases per 100,000 population – source: kycovid19.ky.gov
    ** Hospitalization data may be limited due to the high volume of cases impacting the ability for
    close and continuous case management.
    *** Percent vaccinated data source: Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboar

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