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GRDHD Reports 198 Additional COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports 198 Additional COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

December 5th, 2020

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On Friday, December 4, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 198 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 119 in Daviess County, 4 in Hancock County, 27 in Henderson County, 7 in McLean County, 30 in Ohio County, 2 in Union County, and 9 in Webster County.

 There have been 9,144 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

 The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 6,952 (76%).

 55 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.

 540 (6%) have required hospitalization.

 There have been 158 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 190,601 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,014 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. It may take longer to receive test results during the holidays. The lab will be closed for processing December 24th, 25th, and 31st .

GRDHD COVID-19 Testing Schedule

Location Dates Time

Daviess County Health Center December 9, 16, 22, & 29 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

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

Henderson County Health Center December 9, 16, 21, & 28 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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

Ohio County Health Center December 8, 15, 22, & 29 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

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

Webster County Health Center December 9, 16, 21, & 29 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

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.

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 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 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: 45% Female: 55%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 9:00 AM December 4, 2020

County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations Ever Hospitalized Deaths

Daviess 3,799 2,814 16 196 53

Hancock 312 241 2 18 11

Henderson 2,179 1,659 13 141 41

McLean 410 320 4 34 20

Ohio 1,142 797 12 75 17

Union 730 638 1 39 9

Webster 572 456 7 37 7

Total 9,144 6,925 55 540 158

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group

Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 32

1-11 273

12-19 763

20-29 1,490

30-39 1,379

40-49 1,407

50-59 1,333

60-69 1,145

70-79 746

80+ 576

Total 9,144

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