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GRDHD reports 11 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new cases in Ohio County

In Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

OWENSBORO, Ky. —  Friday, June 12, 2020, the Green River District Health Department reported 11 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, one in Daviess County, one in Hancock County, five in Henderson County, one in McLean County, two in Ohio County and one in Union County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 749.

There are no confirmed cases currently hospitalized. Of the 749 confirmed cases in the district, 87 (12 percent) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 663 (88 percent). The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 11,945 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 493 statewide deaths.

After a three day despite from new confirmed cases, Ohio County has now had five new cases in three days. The county’s total now stands at 185 with 157 of those patients having recovered. This leaves 28 active cases. There are currently no Ohio Countians hospitalized due to COVID-19.

“As things continue to open up we want to remind everyone the virus is still out there,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “It is more important now than ever that you use good judgment and follow our recommendations to protect yourself and your family. We encourage anyone who has been in crowds or had close contact with people in public to get tested.”

The health department is offering free COVID-19 testing. 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.

Curbside testing will be offered at the health department’s clinic locations in McLean and Ohio County June 16. 

Testing will be provided from the health department’s mobile unit at Dugan Best Park in Owensboro and it’s clinic location in Henderson County June 18.

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 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.

On June 17 curbside testing will be offered at the health department’s clinic locations in Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, Union and Webster County. Testing will be provided from the health department’s mobile unit at Dugan Best Park in Owensboro and its clinic location in Henderson County June 18.

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.

Additional demographic information includes*

Average age: 43

Age range: 7 months old – 93

Male – 53.3 percent

Female – 46.7 percent

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 percent 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 people 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.

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