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Ohio Countian dies from COVID-19 complications, county adds 13 new cases

In Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Ohio County lost its tenth resident to COVID-19 related issues, according to the Green River District Health Department. Ohio County also added 13 confirmed COVID-19 cases to its total in today’s report.

With the 13 new cases, Ohio County’s total cases stands at 622 with 539 of those patients having recovered. Ohio County has 83 active confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of the active cases in Ohio County, three patients are hospitalized. Overall, 42 Ohio Countians have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.

In the rest of the Green River District, today, the GHDGD reported 42 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 19 in Daviess County, three in Hancock County, 10 in Henderson County, three in McLean County, one in Union County and six in Webster County. The total number of reported COVID-19 cases in the district is now 4,985. A resident of Henderson County also passed away due to COVID-19 related complications.

  • 29 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
  • 360 (7 percent) have required hospitalization.
  • There have been 87 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
  • The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 4,161 (83 percent).
  • The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 97,866 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,410 statewide deaths.

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.

Demographics

The cases being reported from the Green River District Health Department are being investigated and confirmed locally. These cases are then reported to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Average Age: 45

Age Range: 1 month to 100 years old

Male: 45 percent

Female: 55 percent

COVID-19 Guidance

“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.