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GRDHD Reports 20 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Drive Through Testing Offered Next Week

GRDHD Reports 20 Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases, Drive Through Testing Offered Next Week

Bill Stephens

April 29th, 2020

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On Wednesday April 29, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 20 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases – 14 in Daviess County, 2 in Henderson County, 1 in McLean County, 2 in Ohio County, and 1 in Webster County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the
district is 340. Eighteen people in the district are currently hospitalized. Of the 340 confirmed cases in the district, 47 (14%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now
168 (49%).

GRDHD will offer drive through COVID-19 testing Tuesday May 5 through Thursday May7, 2020. The testing site is on the campus of Owensboro Community and Technical College. To schedule an appointment visit the GRDHD website, healthdepartment.org, and follow the COVID-19 Test prompts.
Testing times are available from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. Testing is open to Kentucky residents. There is limited availability. 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 testing is free of charge.
“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.” 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. 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 29, 2020
County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations
Ever Hospitalized Deaths
Daviess 183 92 6 19 3
Hancock 6 5 0 0 0
Henderson 65 35 6 15 1
McLean 12 5 1 2 1
Ohio 43 14 2 5 0
Union 7 4 0 0 0
Webster 24 13 3 6 0
Total 340 168 18 47 5

Additional demographic information includes:


Average age: 45
Age range: 7 months old – 93
Male – 54.1%
Female – 45.9%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group
Age Range
< 1 1
1-11 3
12-19 13
20-29 58
30-39 64
40-49 75
50-59 56
60-69 39
70-79 17
80+ 14
Total 340

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