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GRDHD Reports No Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

GRDHD Reports No Additional Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Bill Stephens

May 5th, 2020

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On Monday May 4, 2020 the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported no additional confirmed COVID-19 cases. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 425.
Nineteen people in the district are currently hospitalized. Of the 425 confirmed cases in the district, 49 (11.5%) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 207 (49%). As of May 3, 2020 the state of Kentucky was reporting 5,130 confirmed cased of COVID-19 and 253 statewide deaths.

GRDHD is offering drive through COVID-19 testing Tuesday May 5 through Thursday May 7, 2020. All of the available testing times have been filled. You must be pre-registered to be tested. The testing site is on the campus of Owensboro Community and Technical College. If you are pre-registered for testing, you will be contacted to complete the registration process.

“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. We still expect to see new cases in the days and weeks ahead.” 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. 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 May 4, 2020
County Confirmed Cases Recovered Cases Current Hospitalizations
Ever Hospitalized Deaths
Daviess 228 108 7 20 4
Hancock 6 5 0 0 0
Henderson 72 38 7 16 1
McLean 17 8 1 2 1
Ohio 67 23 2 5 0
Union 8 6 0 0 0
Webster 27 19 2 6 0
Total 425 207 19 49 6

Additional demographic information includes

Average age: 44
Age range: 7 months old – 93
Male – 54.8%
Female – 45.2%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group

Age Range
< 1 1
1-11 6
12-19 17
20-29 75
30-39 88
40-49 91
50-59 69
60-69 46
70-79 17
80+ 15
Total 425

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