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GRDHD Reports 462 New Confirmed COVID-19 Infections & 9 COVID-19 Related Deaths

Bill Stephens

December 21st, 2021

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On Tuesday, December 21, 2021, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 462 new confirmed COVID-19 cases with 228 in Daviess County, 22 in Hancock County, 74 in Henderson County, 9 in McLean County, 57 in Ohio County, 60 in Union County, and 12 in Webster County. The COVID-19 related deaths were 6 residents of Daviess County, 1 resident of McLean 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 131.3 new cases a day. The newly reported cases were investigated between December 17th and 20th .

 There have been 41,763 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.

 There have been 687 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.

 The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 831,003 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 11,847 statewide deaths.

“We are again seeing extremely 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 COVID-19. 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 are already vaccinated and it is time, get a booster shot. If you must be in indoor public spaces, wear a mask. Most importantly, if you are feeling sick, stay home and don’t infect others.”

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 for a test or COVID-19 vaccination, visit the GRDHD website, healthdepartment.org, and follow the COVID-19 Test prompts or call your local county health department.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information & Additional COVID-19 Guidance

Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find additional vaccine locations 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. 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 December 20, 2021

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

Daviess 19,304 66.003 23 597 307 56.64

Hancock 1,575 80.257 2 34 20 63.05

Henderson 8,691 54.35 3 267 135 54.82

McLean 1,705 40.342 1 78 43 52.25

Ohio 5,041 50.608 7 185 90 42.49

Union 2,823 109.271 0 116 46 44.27

Webster 2,624 19.869 1 101 46 49.44

T’otal 41,763 NA 37 1,378 687 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

< 1 231

1-11 2,889

12-19 4,891

20-29 6,726

30-39 6,876

40-49 6,171

50-59 5,553

60-69 4,357

70-79 2,513

80+ 1,556

Total 41,763

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