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COVID-19 Vaccinations Continue in All Phases as GRDHD Reports 22 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and 1 COVID-19 Related Death

Bill Stephens

June 25th, 2021

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On Friday, June 25, 2021, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 22 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 5 in Daviess County, 4 in Henderson County, 2 in McLean County, 6 in Ohio County, and 5 in Webster County. The COVID-19 related death was a resident of Daviess County. Our current 7 day average for new cases in the 7 county district is 6.5 new cases a day. The newly reported cases were investigated between June 22nd and June 24th .

 There have been 22,617 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 20,408 (90%).

 1 reported confirmed case is currently hospitalized.  915 (4%) have required hospitalization.

 There have been 411 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 464,199 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,200 statewide deaths.

“Our situation has improved but COVID-19 is still spreading in our community. It is important that we protect ourselves” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “Getting a COVID-19 vaccine has never been easier. If you are not already vaccinated, please do it now. We need to continue to use all of our tools — wear masks when in public if you are not fully vaccinated, watch your distance between other people, and wash your hands frequently.”

GRDHD COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Availability

Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination eligibility is expanded to include all phases. All persons age 12 or older are eligible for Pfizer and all persons age 18 and older are eligible for Moderna. Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health department to be placed on our scheduling list. 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. You must be pre-registered to be tested.

Additional 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. Merritt Bates-Thomas Green River District Health Department 270-852-5561 merritt.bates-thomas@grdhd.org www.healthdepartment.orgKentucky 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 https://www.deaconess.com/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine 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.

Choosing Safer Activities

 If you are fully vaccinated you can do many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.

 When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.

 Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can participate in some indoor events safely, without much risk.

 Unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, and immunocompromised individuals should continue to take all the same precautions like wearing a mask and socially distancing as they have been.

 Masks are still required for all individuals in health care facilities, confinement facilities, nursing homes, schools, and public transportation.

 If you are fully vaccinated you have a strong level of protection against COVID-19.

 The supply of vaccines is plentiful in our communities.

If you have not been vaccinated yet, you are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible! Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find the most convenient vaccination location. 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. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business, and workplace guidance. Fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter. For additional guidance go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.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.

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: 43

Age Range: 1 month to 102 years old

Male: 46.8% Female: 53.2%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 6:00 PM June 24, 2021

County Confirmed Cases Current Incidence Rate* Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths % Vaccinated** Daviess 10,718 1.689 0 359 190 42.30

Hancock 862 0 0 23 16 43.22

Henderson 4,830 3.16 0 217 82 32.86

McLean 891 4.655 0 55 30 36.36

Ohio 2,562 5.954 1 118 56 29.87

Union 1,380 0 0 76 15 26.71

Webster 1,374 13.246 0 67 22 30.63

Total 22,617 NA 1 915 411 NA

* 7 day average of new cases per 100,000 population – source: kycovid19.ky.gov

** Percent vaccinated data source: Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

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GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 98

1-11 844

12-19 2,156

20-29 3,739

30-39 3,626

40-49 3,563

50-59 3,245

60-69 2,646

70-79 1,596

80+ 1,104

Total 22,617

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