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GRDHD reports 264 new COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths; 34 new cases in Ohio County

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OWENSBORO, Ky. — Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, the Green River District Health Department reported 264 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 135 in Daviess County, 16 in Hancock County, 40 in Henderson County, 16 in McLean County, 34 in Ohio County, 11 in Union County and 12 in Webster County. The COVID-19 related deaths were residents of Daviess County.

  • There have been 15,189 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
  • The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 10,885 (72 percent).
  • 48 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
  • 689 (4.5 percent) have required hospitalization.
  • There have been 258 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
  • The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 308,729 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,944 statewide deaths.

Ohio County added 34 confirmed COVID-19 cases to its total cases. Since the start of the pandemic, Ohio County has had 1,824 total confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,295 patients having recovered. Currently, Ohio County has 529 active confirmed cases, which is 14 more than yesterday’s report. Of the active cases, five Ohio Countians are hospitalized. Ohio County has had 34 residents die due to COVID-19 complications.

Ohio County Schools has added four new confirmed COVID-19 cases since yesterday’s report. Since school started, OC Schools has had a total of 120 confirmed COVId-19 cases with 93 of those patients having recovered. Of the 93 recoveries, 52 were staff members and 41 were students. Of the student recoveries, 38 were in-person learning students and three were remote/virtual learning students.

Currently, OC Schools has 27 active confirmed COVID-19 cases with 12 of those cases being staff members and 15 being student cases. Of the 12 active staff member cases, two are from Fordsville Elementary, one is from Ohio County Middle School, three are from Southern Elementary, one is from Wayland Elementary and five are district staff.

Of the 15 active student cases, two are from Beaver Dam Elementary, one is from Fordsville Elementary, four from Ohio County High School, three are from Ohio County Middle School, two are from Southern Elementary and three are from the Render Center. All of the 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.

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 102 years old

Male: 45.1 percent

Female: 54.9 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 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.

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