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GRDHD Reports 15 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 15 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

August 15th, 2020

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On Saturday, August 15, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 15 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 6 in Daviess County, 4 in Henderson County, 2 in McLean County, and 3 in Ohio County.  The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 1,827.  Thirteen reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.  162 (9%) have required hospitalization.  There have been 23 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.  The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 1,559 (85%).  The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 38,298 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 804 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 19 th & 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.

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.

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

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 819 701 9 68 8

Hancock 48 43 0 4 0

Henderson 371 300 1 40 4

McLean 51 42 0 6 1

Ohio 375 335 1 27 9

Union 70 57 1 4 0

Webster 93 81 1 13 1

Total 1,827 1,559 13 162 23

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 – 49% Female – 51%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 5

1-11 49

12-19 126

20-29 359

30-39 343

40-49 325

50-59 257

60-69 189

70-79 105

80+ 64

Total 1,822

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