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GRDHD Reports 15 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 15 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

May 7th, 2020


On Thursday May 7, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 15 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 5 in Daviess County, 3 in Henderson County, 1 in McLean County, and 6 in Ohio County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 476. Twenty-four people in the district are currently hospitalized. Of the 476 confirmed cases in the district, 58 (12%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 241 (51%). As of May 6, 2020
the state of Kentucky was reporting 5,934 confirmed cased of COVID-19 and 283 statewide deaths.

GRDHD concludes it third day of testing on the campus of Owensboro Community and Technical College. You must be pre-registered to be tested. All of the available testing times have been filled.

“We all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, avoid crowds, wash your hands, and practice physical social distancing – staying at least 6 feet away from others. We can’t let our guard down. We still expect to see new cases in the days and weeks ahead.” said Clay Horton, Public Health Director. “We are happy to have been given the opportunity to help expand testing resources in our community. This is just one more piece to fulfilling our testing needs. We are thankful of all the help
and support we get from our partners in the health care sector who are also continuing to provide COVID-19 testing for our community as well.”

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.

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.

The site can be accessed at 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 May 7, 2020
County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations
Ever Hospitalized Deaths
Daviess 253 130 8 23 4
Hancock 6 5 0 0 0
Henderson 79 44 9 19 2
McLean 19 9 1 2 1
Ohio 81 27 3 7 0
Union 9 7 1 1 0
Webster 29 19 2 6 0
Total 476 241 24 58 7

Additional demographic information includes
Average age: 44
Age range: 7 months old – 93
Male – 54.6%
Female – 45.4%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group
Age Range
< 1 1
1-11 6
12-19 19
20-29 80
30-39 100
40-49 104
50-59 78
60-69 51
70-79 20
80+ 17
Total 476

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