OWENSBORO, Ky. — Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020, the Green River District Health Department reported 139 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 64 in Daviess County, 17 in Hancock County, 22 in Henderson County, five in McLean County, 11 in Ohio County, five in Union County and 15 in Webster County.
- There have been 6,228 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
- 35 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
- 415 (7 percent) have required hospitalization.
- There have been 107 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
- The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 4,939 (79 percent).
- The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 124,646 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,590 statewide deaths.
Ohio County, as well as the whole Green River District, continues its rapid rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases. Ohio County collected 11 new confirmed COVID-19 cases today bringing its total cases since the pandemic began to 726. Of those 726 patients, 598 have recovered from the disease.
There are now 128 active confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio County, eight more than yesterday’s report. Of those active cases, five patients are hospitalized. Overall, 52 Ohio Countians have been hospitalized due to COVID-19 related complications, 11 Ohio Countians have died due to COVID-19.
Ohio County Schools now has six confirmed active cases of COVID-19, five staff members and one student. Of the staff members, three are in the Ohio County Schools Board of Education Central Office and two staff members in Ohio County High School. The student COVID-19 case is also from OCHS and is an in-person learning student.
OC Schools has had a total of 24 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 18 of those having recovered. Of those recovered, eight were staff members and 10 were students with nine being in-person learning and one being remote/virtual learning.
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.