OWENSBORO, Ky. — Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, the Green River District Health Department reported 84 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 23 in Daviess County, 32 in Henderson County, six in McLean County, three in Ohio County, 11 in Union County and nine in Webster County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is now 4,400.
- 36 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
- 324 (7 percent) have required hospitalization.
- There have been 69 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
- The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 3,539 (80 percent).
- The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 84,195 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,296 statewide deaths.
After picking up nine new confirmed COVID-19 cases yesterday, Ohio County picks up three new cases today. This brings the county’s total confirmed cases to 563. Of those cases, 474 patients have recovered from the disease. There are currently 89 active confirmed COVID-19 cases. There are four Ohio Countians in the hospital due to COVID-19 related issues.
Since Thursday’s report, Ohio County Schools has had another staff member recover from COVID-19. The staff member was from Beaver Dam Elementary. OC Schools has three active confirmed COVID-19 cases, one staff member from Ohio County Middle School, one in-person learning student from Ohio County High School and one virtual/remote learning student with Wayland Elementary.
OC Schools has had a total of 12 confirmed COVID-19 cases since schools re-opened, seven staff and five students. Of those, ten have recovered, six staff and four students.
COVID-19 Testing & Flu Shots
The health department is offering free COVID-19 testing. We encourage anyone who has been in crowds, had close contact with people in public, or traveled recently to get tested. 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. Flu shots, including the high dose vaccine for those 65 years of age and older, can also be scheduled on our website or by calling your county health department for an appointment.
“We want to remind people to protect themselves and those around them. Continue to practice the three “W’s:” wear a mask, wash your hands and watch your distance,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “This is important in private get together settings with friends and family when interacting with coworkers and in social settings like weddings. Keep any gatherings small and outside to reduce the risk of transmission. Avoid sharing items with anyone outside of your household, since this can promote the spread of the virus. Leaders of organizations like churches and workplace supervisors are encouraged to lead by example and make wise decisions to protect those for whom you are responsible.”
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.