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GRDHD reports 86 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death; two cases in Ohio County

In Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, the Green River District Health Department reported 86 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 34 in Daviess County, two in Hancock County, 39 in Henderson County, two in Ohio County, five in Union County and four in Webster County. The COVID-19 related death was a resident of Daviess County.

Last week, Green River District saw an additional 1,065 reported COVID-19 cases. The past week also saw 23 COVID-19 related deaths in the seven-county region.

  • There have been 17,986 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
  • The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 13,507 (75%).
  • 28 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
  • 761 (4%) have required hospitalization.
  • There have been 307 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
  • The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 362,890 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,745 statewide deaths.

Ohio County starts off the week with by adding two new confirmed COVID-19 cases. With today’s cases, Ohio County’s total cases stands at 2,124 with 1,620 of those patients having recovered or died.

Currently, Ohio County has 504 active COVID-19 cases with five of those patients being hospitalized. Since the start of the pandemic, 104 Ohio Countians have been hospitalized and 45 have died due to COVID-19 related complications.

Ohio County Schools picked up one new confirmed COVID-19 case since Saturday’s report. OC Schools has had 176 total confirmed COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the school year. Of those total cases, 165 patients have recovered with 83 being staff member cases and 82 being student cases. Of the student cases, 79 were in-person learning students and three were remote/virtual learning students.

Currently, OC Schools has 11 active confirmed cases with four being staff member cases and seven being student cases. Of the active staff member cases, one is from Beaver Dam Elementary, two are from Southern Elementary and one is from Wayland Elementary.

Of the active student cases, one is from Beaver Dam Elementary, three are from Fordsville Elementary and three are from Ohio County High School.

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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information & Green River District Vaccine Availability

Kentucky COVID-19 vaccine dashboard and information: https://govstatus.egov.com/ky-covid-vaccine

Kentucky COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline: 800-722-5725 can answer general COVID-19 vaccine questions.

Green River District Health Department is continuing to vaccinate healthcare workers and first responders. Please visit healthdepartment.org to register your organization.

COVID-19 vaccine information and availability at Owensboro Health can be found on their website owensborohealth.org/vaccine or by calling central scheduling at 270-685-7100.

Information on Covid-19 vaccine at Deaconess in Henderson County and Union County can be found here, https://www.deaconess.com/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine/COVID-Vaccine-Scheduling

Ohio County Healthcare is currently scheduling for patients 70 and older to receive the covid-19 vaccine. To schedule, individuals age 70 and older can call 270-215-9082 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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: 44

Age Range: 1 month to 102 years old

Male: 46%

Female: 54%

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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