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GRDHD Reports 19 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 19 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

April 21st, 2020

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On Tuesday April 21, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 19 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 8 in Daviess County, 4 in Henderson County, 4 in Ohio County and 3 in Webster County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 219. Thirteen people in the district are currently hospitalized. Of the 219 confirmed cases in the district, 40 (18%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 116 (53%).

““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 have to stick with
this strategy. We can’t let our guard down.” said Clay Horton, Public Health Director. “We expect to see
more new cases. It is crucial we do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19. The health department frequently receives the question about how many COVID-19 tests have been performed locally. We know it is not as many as we need. However it is extremely difficult to get accurate data
about this. While positive results are required to be reported to the health department by the health care provider and the laboratories, the local health department does not typically receive the negative result reports. We are continuing to work with the state health department to find solutions to these reporting challenges and more importantly ways to support additional testing capacity here locally.”

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 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 April 21, 2020
County

Confirmed Cases
Recovered Cases
Current Hospitalizations
Ever Hospitalized
Deaths
Daviess 125 72 5 18 3
Hancock 6 3 0 0 0
Henderson 43 21 4 11 0
McLean 7 2 1 2 1
Ohio 18 8 2 5 0
Union 6 3 0 0 0
Webster 14 7 1 4 0
Total 219 116 13 40 4

Additional demographic information includes:
Average age: 47
Age range: 16 – 93
Male – 48.2%
Female – 51.8%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group
Age Range
16-19 7
20-29 33
30-39 39
40-49 47
50-59 37
60-69 31
70-79 14
80+ 11
Total 219

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