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GRDHD Reports 1 Death and 28 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 1 Death and 28 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

August 18th, 2020


On Tuesday, August 18, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 28 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 16 in Daviess County, 5 in Henderson County, 6 in Ohio County, and 1 in Webster County. The person who died was a Daviess County resident. A case reported in Webster County on August 17, 2020 resides in another county and the total number of cases reported has been adjusted accordingly.

 The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 1,883.
 Fifteen reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
 167 (9%) have required hospitalization.
 There have been 24 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 1,611 (85.5%).
 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 39,691 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 818 statewide deaths.

COVID-19 Testing
The 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 preregistered to be tested.

GRDHD COVID-19 Testing Schedule
Location Dates Time
Daviess County Health Center August 19th & 26th 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM &
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Hancock County Health Center August 19th & 26th 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Henderson County Health Center August 19th & 26th 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
McLean County Health Center August 19th & 26th 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Ohio County Health Center August 18th & 25th 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Union County Health Center August 19th & 26th 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Webster County Health Center August 19th & 26th 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

COVID-19 Guidance
“It is more important now than ever that you use good judgment and follow our recommendations to protect yourself and your family. The virus is still out there. Practice the three “W’s”: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “We encourage anyone who has been in crowds, had close contact with people in public, or traveled recently to get tested.”

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.

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.

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 9:00 AM August 18, 2020
County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations
Ever Hospitalized Deaths
Daviess 847 726 10 71 9
Hancock 48 45 0 4 0
Henderson 387 316 0 40 4
McLean 51 44 0 6 1
Ohio 382 337 2 28 9
Union 71 59 2 5 0
Webster 97 84 1 13 1
Total 1,883 1,611 15 167 24

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

Average age: 42

Age range: 7 months old – 95

Male – 48.7% Female – 51.3%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group
Age Range Number of Cases
< 1 5
1-11 51
12-19 142
20-29 366
30-39 352
40-49 336
50-59 260
60-69 194
70-79 109
80+ 64
Total 1,879

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