OWENSBORO, Ky. — Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, the Green River District Health Department reported 164 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 58 in Daviess County, one in Hancock County, 51 in Henderson County, three in McLean County, 16 in Ohio County, 11 in Union County and 24 in Webster County. The COVID-19 related deaths were a resident of Daviess County and a resident of Webster County.
Last week, Green River District saw an additional 1,507 reported COVID-19 cases. The past week also saw 17 COVID-19 related deaths in the seven-county region.
- There have been 14,678 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
- The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 10,636 (72 percent).
- 48 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
- 680 (5 percent) have required hospitalization.
- There have been 252 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
- The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 303,625 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,901 statewide deaths.
After adding 244 new confirmed cases to its total last week, Ohio County starts off the second full week of January 2021 with 16 new confirmed cases. While 16 new cases are still higher than wanted, it’s better than the 34 new cases per day average for last week. With today’s newly added cases, the county’s current total confirmed COVID-19 cases stand at 1,765 with 1,263 of those patients having recovered or died.
Ohio County has 502 active confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of those active cases, five Ohio Countians have been hospitalized. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 91 Ohio Countians have been hospitalized and 33 Ohio Countians have died.
Ohio County Schools has added two new confirmed COVID-19 cases since Saturday’s report. Since the start of school, OC Schools has had a total of 110 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Of those total cases, 89 have recovered, with 50 being staff members and 39 being students. Of the students, 36 were in-person learning students and three were remote/virtual learning students.
OC Schools currently has 21 active confirmed COVID-19 cases with 11 being staff members and 10 being students. Of the 11 staff member active cases, one is from Beaver Dam Elementary, two are from Fordsville Elementary, one is from Ohio County High School, one is from Ohio County Middle School, two are from Southern Elementary and four are district staff members.
Of the 10 active student cases, two are from Beaver Dam Elementary, one is from Fordsville Elementary, three are from OCHS, one is from OCMS 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.
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 102 years old
Male: 45.1 percent
Female: 54.9 percent
“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.