OWENSBORO, Ky. — Saturday, June 27, 2020, the Green River District Health Department reported 15 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases, four in Daviess County, one in Hancock County, six in Henderson County, three in Ohio County and one in Union County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 880.
Three reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized. Of the 880 confirmed cases in the district, 97 (11 percent) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 768 (87 percent). The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 14,859 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 553 statewide deaths.
After picking up four confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last week, Ohio County gets three new cases today. This brings Ohio County’s total cases to 197. One issue to keep an eye on is, as the county continues to pick up new confirmed cases, the rate of recovery has slowed to a stop.
For the last several weeks, Ohio County has picked up as many or more recoveries than new cases. However, over the last seven days, Ohio County has only had two patients recover from the disease. The total recovered is 174, which leaves 23 active cases in Ohio County at this time. The county started the week with just 19 active cases.
“It is more important now than ever that you use good judgment and follow our recommendations to protect yourself and your family. The virus is still out there,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “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.
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.
Additional demographic information includes*
Average age: 42
Age range: 7 months old – 93
Male – 52.5 percent
Female – 47.5 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.