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GRDHD Reports 288 New Confirmed COVID-19 Infections & 8 COVID-19 Related Death

Bill Stephens

November 19th, 2021

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Daviess, Hancock, McLean, & Ohio Counties are Areas of High Transmission

On Friday, November 19, 2021, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 288 new confirmed COVID-19 cases with 156 in Daviess County, 13 in Hancock County, 51 in Henderson County, 13 in McLean County, 33 in Ohio County, 8 in Union County, and 14 in Webster County. The COVID-19 related deaths were 3 residents of Daviess County, 1 resident of Henderson County, 2 residents of Ohio County, 1 resident of Union County, and 1 resident of Webster County. Our current 7-day average for new cases in the 7-county district is now 74.9 new cases a day. The newly reported cases were investigated between November 16th and November 18th .

 There have been 38,072 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

 There have been 609 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 768,656 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 10,394 statewide deaths.

“We are continuing to see high incidence rates of COVID-19” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “The best way to protect yourself and those you love is to get vaccinated against COVID19. COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective. Wearing a mask when in public or around people you don’t live with is an effective way to reduce spread. If you are not yet vaccinated, go get vaccinated today. If you must be in indoor public spaces, wear a mask.”

GRDHD COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Availability

All persons aged 5 or older are eligible for Pfizer and all persons aged 18 and older are eligible for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. COVID-19 vaccine booster shots are now available. CDC recommends that anyone with any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 get tested, regardless of vaccination status or prior infection. If you get tested because you have symptoms or were potentially exposed to the virus, you should stay away from others pending test results and follow the advice of your healthcare provider or a public health professional. Green River District Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing. To schedule an appointment, visit the GRDHD website, healthdepartment.org, and follow the COVID-19 Test prompts or call your local county health department.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find a vaccine location and sign-up for update notifications. Additional COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at vaccines.gov Retail pharmacies and health centers are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations. Kentucky COVID-19 vaccine dashboard and information: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 800-722-5725 can answer general COVID-19 vaccine questions. Owensboro Health – You can make a new COVID-19 vaccination appointment online at owensborohealth.org/vaccine or by calling central scheduling at 270-685-7100. Deaconess in Henderson County and Union County – COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at https://www.deaconess.com/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine Ohio County Healthcare – To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment visit https://ochcares.com/COVID or call 270-215-9082 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

Additional COVID-19 Guidance

A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. If you have COVID-19 like symptoms you should get tested regardless of vaccination status. If you are fully vaccinated and have a close exposure with someone that is infected (tested positive for COVID-19) you do not need to quarantine as long as you are asymptomatic, but it is recommended that you get tested 5-7 days after the exposure. For additional guidance go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fullyvaccinated.html

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: 40

Age Range: 5 days to 104 years old

Male: 46.9%

Female: 53.1%

GRDHD COVID-19 Case Summary as of 6:00 PM November 18, 2021

County Confirmed Cases Current Incidence Rate* Current Hospitalizations** Ever Hospitalized Deaths % Vaccinated***

Daviess 17,503 40.39 10 555 275 54.29

Hancock 1,397 32.758 0 31 19 60.07

Henderson 8,038 24.015 3 261 112 51.46

McLean 1,519 29.481 0 76 42 50.08

Ohio 4,614 25.602 2 170 85 40.85

Union 2,486 13.907 0 114 37 41.94

Webster 2,515 24.284 0 98 39 47.50

Total 38,072 NA 15 1,305 609 NA

* 7-day average of new cases per 100,000 population – source: kycovid19.ky.gov

** Hospitalization data may be limited due to the high volume of cases impacting the ability for close and continuous case management.

*** Percent vaccinated data source: Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccination Dashboard

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GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group Age Range Number of Cases

< 1 198

1-11 2,481

12-19 4,406

20-29 6,199

30-39 6,250

40-49 5,646

50-59 5,082

60-69 4,033

70-79 2,323

80+ 1,454

Total 38,072

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