OWENSBORO, Ky. — Thursday, Nov. 5, 2020, the Green River District Health Department reported 119 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 53 in Daviess County, five in Hancock County, 23 in Henderson County, 15 in McLean County, 11 in Ohio County, six in Union County and six in Webster County.
This is the second-largest number of cases reported for the seven-county region in one day since 140 cases were reported on October 3, 2020.
- There have been 5,649 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
- 26 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
- 392 (7 percent) have required hospitalization.
- There have been 101 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
- The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 4,602 (81 percent).
- The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 113,009 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,514 statewide deaths.
Ohio County adds 11 new confirmed cases as it closes in on 700 total cases. As it stands, Ohio County has 671 total confirmed COVID-19 cases with 572 of those having recovered. Ohio County continues to add to its active cases, as it now has 99 confirmed active cases of OCIVD-19. Four of those patients are in the hospital and 49 total Ohio Countians have been hospitalized since the beginning of the pandemic. Ohio County has had 11 residents die due to COVID-19 related complications.
In Ohio County Schools, a staff member at Ohio County High School has tested positive for COVID-19, while a Fordsville Elementary staff member who had COVID-19 has now recovered. OC Schools has just one confirmed COVID-19 and 18 recoveries. Of those 18 recovered, eight were staff members and 10 were students with nine being in-class learning students and one remote/virtual learning student.
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 healthcare 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.