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GRDHD Reports 59 Additional COVID-19 Cases and 2 COVID-19 Related Deaths

GRDHD Reports 59 Additional COVID-19 Cases and 2 COVID-19 Related Deaths

Bill Stephens

October 16th, 2020

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On Thursday, October 15, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 59 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 10 in Daviess County, 3 in Hancock County, 21 in Henderson County, 3 in McLean County, 9 in Ohio County, 10 in Union County, and 3 in Webster County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is now 4,316. The COVID-19 related deaths were a resident of Union County and a resident of Webster County.

 35 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.

 322 (7%) have required hospitalization.

 There have been 69 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 3,440 (80%).

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 83,013 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,276 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 important in private get together settings with friends and family, when interacting with coworkers, and in social settings like weddings. Keep any gatherings small and outside to reduce the risk of transmission. 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 October 21st & 28th 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Hancock County Health Center October 21st & 28th 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Henderson County Health Center October 21st & 28th 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

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

Ohio County Health Center October 20th & 27th 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Union County Health Center October 21st & 28th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Webster County Health Center October 21st & 28th 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 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 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: 45.5% Female: 54.5%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 9:00 AM October 15, 2020

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 1,706 1,455 13 124 24

Hancock 103 81 1 7 1

Henderson 1,125 784 11 87 22

McLean 119 91 2 13 2

Ohio 560 467 4 38 9

Union 445 361 3 32 6

Webster 258 201 1 21 5

Total 4,316 3,440 35 322 69

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 16

1-11 125

12-19 346

20-29 732

30-39 688

40-49 664

50-59 598

60-69 547

70-79 346

80+ 249

Total 4,311

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

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