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GRDHD Reports 131 Additional COVID-19 Cases and 2 COVID-19 Related Deaths

GRDHD Reports 131 Additional COVID-19 Cases and 2 COVID-19 Related Deaths

Bill Stephens

November 23rd, 2020

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On Monday, November 23, 2020, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 131 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 79 in Daviess County, 3 in Hancock County, 23 in Henderson County, 3 in McLean County, 8 in Ohio County, 7 in Union County, and 8 in Webster County. The COVID19 related deaths were a resident of McLean County and a resident of Webster County. Last week, Green River District saw an additional 903 reported COVID-19 cases. The past week also saw 20 COVID19 related deaths in the seven-county region.

 There have been 7,558 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 5,943 (79%).

 55 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.

 485 (6%) have required hospitalization.

 There have been 129 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 158,100 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,787 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 crucial when interacting with anyone outside of your household, including friends, extended family, coworkers, and in public settings. Do not host or attend gatherings of any kind. 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 November 24, December 2, 9, 16, 22, & 29 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Hancock County Health Center November 25, December 2, 9, 16, 22, & 29 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Henderson County Health Center November 23, December 2, 9, 16, 21, & 28 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

McLean County Health Center November 24, December 2, 9, 16, 21, & 28 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Ohio County Health Center November 24, December 2, 9, 16, 22, & 29 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Union County Health Center November 23, December 2, 9, 16, 21, & 28 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Webster County Health Center November 23, December 2, 9, 16, 21, & 29 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 mask 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 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 102 years old

Male: 44.9% Female: 55.1%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 9:00 AM November 23, 2020

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 3,027 2,390 17 181 42

Hancock 268 192 4 16 10

Henderson 1,853 1,464 14 129 36

McLean 358 255 8 28 14

Ohio 866 693 6 60 15

Union 681 565 0 37 6

Webster 505 384 6 34 6

Total 7,558 5,943 55 485 129

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 24

1-11 232

12-19 620

20-29 1,261

30-39 1,161

40-49 1,149

50-59 1,085

60-69 952

70-79 621

80+ 448

Total 7,553

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

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