OWENSBORO, Ky. — As Ohio County’s rate of new confirmed cases seems to be leveling off, Ohio Countians continue to die from the disease. The Green River District Health Department reports another Ohio Countian has died from COVID-19 related complications. With today’s death, 52 Ohio Countians have died due to COVID-19 related complications since the beginning of the pandemic.
In other COVID-19 news in the Green River District this Tuesday, March 23, 2021, the GRDHD reported 27 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 14 in Daviess County, two in Hancock County, five in Henderson County, one in McLean County, two in Ohio County and three in Union County. In addition to Ohio County’s COVID-19 related death, a resident of Daviess County also died from COVID-19 related complications.
- There have been 20,584 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
- The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 18,452 (90%).
- 5 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
- 860 (4%) have required hospitalization.
- There have been 373 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
- The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 421,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 5,799 statewide deaths.
Ohio County added two new confirmed COVID-19 cases today bringing its total cases to 2,424. Of those total cases, 2,184 patients have recovered. Currently, one Ohio Countian is hospitalized at this time with COVID-19 related complications.
Ohio County Schools added a new confirmed COVID-19 case since yesterday’s report. Since the start of the school year, OC Schools has had a total of 207 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 205 of those patients having recovered. Of the 205 COVID-19 recoveries, 93 were staff members and 112 were students.
Currently, there are two active cases in OC Schools, both of which are staff members. Of the staff member active confirmed COVID-19 cases, one is from Horse Branch Elementary and one is from Ohio County High School. There are no confirmed student active COVID-19 cases at this time.
GRDHD COVID-19 Vaccine Availability
Green River District Health Department is continuing to vaccinate in tiers 1A, 1B, and 1C which includes health care workers, first responders, daycare workers, essential workers, anyone 16 years of age or older with CDC highest risk COVID-19 conditions, and those 60 years of age or older. Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health department to be placed on our waiting list.
“The vaccine will save lives. It is important for us to get as many people vaccinated as soon as we can,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “As we move into the next phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for us to continue to practice the three “W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance. It is important to protect yourself and those around you,” said Horton. “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.”
Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to determine which phase they are in, find a vaccine location, and sign-up for update notifications. Additional COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at vaccinefinder.org Retail pharmacies and health centers are also providing COVID-19 vaccinations. 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.
Owensboro Health – You can make a new COVID-19 vaccination appointment online at owensborohealth.org/vaccine or by calling central scheduling at 270-685-7100.
Deaconess in Henderson County and Union County – COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at https://www.deaconess.com/Coronavirus/COVID-19-Vaccine
Ohio County Healthcare – To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment visit https://ochcares.com/COVID or call 270-215-9082 Monday through Friday from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.
COVID-19 Testing & Flu Shots
Green River District Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing. 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: 44
Age Range: 1 month to 102 years old
“We are at a critical point in our COVID-19 response efforts. The virus is still circulating in our communities and it is too early to let up on the efforts that are driving the number of cases down. The vaccine will save lives. It is important for us to get as many people vaccinated as soon as we can. So when it is your turn, get vaccinated,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “As we move into the next phase of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important for us to continue to practice the three “W’s: wear a mask, wash your hands, and watch your distance when in public or around individuals outside your own household.”
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 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.