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GRDHD Reports Record Daily Total of Newly Confirmed COVID-19 Cases in the Region

Bill Stephens

September 3rd, 2020

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On Thursday, September 3, 2020, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 63 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest daily total for the seven-county region since the beginning of the pandemic – 22 in Daviess County, 2 in Hancock County, 15 in Henderson County, 3 in McLean County, 18 in Union County, and 3 in Webster County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 2,314.

 Twelve reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.  189 (8%) have required hospitalization.

 There have been 30 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 1,881 (81%).

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 49,991 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 966 statewide deaths.

“Case investigations and contact tracing are revealing transmission in a variety of settings indicating accelerating community spread. We want to remind people to protect themselves and those around them. Practice the three “W’s”: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “This is even important in private get together settings with friends and family when interacting with coworkers, and in social settings like weddings. 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

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.

GRDHD COVID-19 Testing Schedule

Location Dates Time

Daviess County Health Center September 9 th 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Hancock County Health Center September 9 th 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Henderson County Health Center September 9 th 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

McLean County Health Center September 9 th 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ohio County Health Center September 8 th 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Union County Health Center September 9 th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Webster County Health Center September 9 th 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

St. Michael’s Catholic Church Parking Lot Sebree, KY September 4th 9:00 AM – 10:30 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 have been investigated and confirmed locally. These cases are then reported to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Average Age: 42

Age Range: 6 months to 95 years old

Male: 48.2% Female: 51.8%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 9:00 AM September 3, 2020

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 1,029 875 7 79 13

Hancock 57 49 0 5 0

Henderson 487 373 1 46 4

McLean 62 50 0 6 1

Ohio 421 364 0 29 9

Union 133 73 4 9 1

Webster 125 97 0 15 2

Total 2,314 1,881 12 189 30

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 6

1-11 71

12-19 185

20-29 447

30-39 413

40-49 403

50-59 309

60-69 259

70-79 142

80+ 75

Total 2,310

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

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