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GRDHD Reports 19 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 19 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

May 15th, 2020

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On Friday May 15, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 19 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 4 in Daviess County, 4 in Henderson County, 10 in Ohio County, and 1 in Webster County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 570. Twenty people in the district are currently hospitalized. Of the 570 confirmed cases in the district, 67 (12%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 377 (66%). As of May 14, 2020 the state of Kentucky was reporting 7,225 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 328 statewide deaths.

The health department will continue to offer free COVID-19 testing next week. Curbside testing will be available at our clinic sites in McLean and Webster Counties on Tuesday. We will also provide testing from our mobile unit in Fordsville, Kentucky in Ohio County on Tuesday. Testing will be available at our Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, and Union County locations on Wednesday. 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. 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.

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 diseaseseem 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 May 15, 2020
County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations
Ever Hospitalized Deaths
Daviess 281 201 7 25 4
Hancock 6 6 0 1 0
Henderson 93 60 10 22 3
McLean 20 15 0 2 1
Ohio 128 62 1 10 0
Union 9 8 1 1 0
Webster 33 25 1 6 0
Total 570 377 20 67 8

Additional demographic information includes*
Average age: 44
Age range: 7 months old – 93
Male – 54.9%
Female – 45.1%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group*
Age Range
< 1 2
1-11 6
12-19 24
20-29 94
30-39 123
40-49 118
50-59 89
60-69 59
70-79 25
80+ 18
Total 558
*Not all demographic information is available
yet because of late and incomplete reporting
from a testing site.

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