OWENSBORO, Ky. — Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 399 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 165 in Daviess County, 15 in Hancock County, 96 in Henderson County, 23 in McLean County, 64 in Ohio County, 10 in Union County and 26 in Webster County.
This is the largest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in a single day for the seven-county region, surpassing the Dec. 18, 2020, report of 282 new cases.
- There have been 14,514 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
- The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 10,369 (71 percent).
- 46 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
- 675 (5 percent) have required hospitalization.
- There have been 250 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
- The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 296,167 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,856 statewide deaths.
Ohio County ends the week as it started the week, by adding 64 new confirmed COVID-19 cases to its total. For the week, Ohio County added 244 confirmed COVID-19 cases to its total. What’s more upsetting than the outrageous new cases added is that three Ohio Countians lost their lives due to COVID-19 related complications this week.
With the addition of 64 new confirmed COVID-19 cases today, Ohio County’s total cases is now 1,749 with 1,244 of those patients having recovered or died. Ohio County has 505 active confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of those active cases, five are currently hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 33 Ohio Countians have lost their lives due to COVID-19 related complications.
Ohio County Schools gained four more confirmed COVID-19 cases since yesterday’s report. Since the start of the new year, OC Schools has added 31 new confirmed cases to its total. OC Schools has had a total of 108 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 90 patients having recovered. Of the 90 recoveries, 51 were staff members and 39 were students. Of the student cases, 36 were in-person learning students and 3 were remote/virtual learning students.
Currently, OC Schools has 18 active confirmed cases of COVID-19, with nine being staff members and nine being students. Of the nine active staff member cases, one is from Beaver Dam Elementary, one is from Fordsville Elementary, one is from Ohio County High School, one is from Ohio County Middle School, one is from Southern Elementary and four are district staff members.
Of the active student cases, two are from Beaver Dam Elementary, one is from Fordsville Elementary, three are from OCHS and three are from Wayland Elementary. All of the active student cases are in-person learning 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 crucial when interacting with anyone outside of your household, including friends, extended family, coworkers and in public settings. Do not host or attend gatherings of any kind. Leaders of organizations like churches, team coaches 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.