OWENSBORO, Ky. — The Green River District Health Department is reporting another COVID-19 related death in Ohio County. With today’s death, Ohio County has lost eight people to COVID-19, which is the same amount of deaths suffered by Daviess County. This is the second day in a row the GRDHD has reported a COVID-19 death in Ohio County. In addition to today’s death, Ohio County also gained two new confirmed COVID-19 cases.
Ohio County has had a total of 357 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 316 of those patients having recovered. At this time, Ohio County has 41 active confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those active cases, three patients are hospitalized.
The GRDHD also reported 10 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases in the rest of the district, four in Daviess County, three in Henderson County and three in Webster County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is 1,616.
Eight reported confirmed cases, counting Ohio County’s, are currently hospitalized. Of the 1,616 confirmed cases in the district, 151 (9 perfect) have required hospitalization. The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 1,419 (88 perfect). The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 32,197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 751 statewide deaths.
“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. Practice the three “W’s”: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “We encourage anyone who has been in crowds, had close contact with people in public or traveled recently 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.
Average age: 43
Age range: 7 months old – 95
Male – 49.5 percent
Female – 50.5 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.
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 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 – www.kycovid19.ky.gov. The public can also call the Kentucky COVID-19 hotline at 800-722- 5725.