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GRDHD reports 49 new COVID-19 cases, 1 COVID-19 death; 3 new cases in Ohio County

In Local, News by OC Monitor Staff

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Friday, June 11, 2021, the Green River District Health Department reported 49 additional confirmed COVID-19 cases with 14 in Daviess County, 1 in Hancock County, 13 in Henderson County, 2 in McLean County, 3 in Ohio County, 2 in Union County, and 14 in Webster County.

The current seven-day average for new cases in the seven-county district is 13.3 new cases a day. The COVID-19 related death was a resident of Daviess County. The newly reported cases were investigated between June 8 and June 10.

  • There have been 22,521 reported COVID-19 cases in the district to date.
  • The district-wide total of recovered cases is now 20,273 (90%).
  • 6 reported confirmed cases are currently hospitalized.
  • 907 (4%) have required hospitalization.
  • There have been 407 COVID-19 related deaths in the district.
  • The state of Kentucky is currently reporting 461,717 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 7,138 statewide deaths.

Ohio County added three new confirmed COVID-19 cases since Tuesday’s report. OHio County’s total confirmed COVID-19 cases now stands at 2,548. Since the start of the pandemic, 56 Ohio Countians have died due to COVID-19 related complications. Ohio County currently has the third most deaths due to COVID-19 related issues in the seven-county Green River District.

In Ohio County, just 29.14 percent of eligible Ohio Countians have been vaccinated, the second-lowest percentage in the seven-county district.

GRDHD COVID-19 Vaccine & Testing Availability

Kentucky COVID-19 vaccination eligibility is expanded to include all phases. All persons age 12 or older are eligible for Pfizer and all persons age 18 and older are eligible for Moderna. Visit healthdepartment.org or call your local county health department to be placed on our scheduling list. Green River District Health Department is offering free COVID-19 testing. To schedule an appointment, visit the GRDHD website, healthdepartment.org, and follow the COVID-19 Test prompts or call your local county health department. You must be pre-registered to be tested.

Additional COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find a vaccine location and sign-up for update notifications. Additional COVID-19 vaccine information can be found at vaccines.gov.

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.

Choosing Safer Activities

  • If you are fully vaccinated you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic.
  • When choosing safer activities, consider how COVID-19 is spreading in your community, the number of people participating in the activity, and the location of the activity.
  • Outdoor visits and activities are safer than indoor activities, and fully vaccinated people can safely participate in some indoor events without much risk.
  • Unvaccinated, not fully vaccinated, and immunocompromised individuals should continue to take all the same precautions like wearing a mask and socially distancing as they have been.
  • Masks are still required for all individuals in health care facilities, confinement facilities, nursing homes, schools, and public transportation.
  • If you are fully vaccinated you have a strong level of protection against COVID-19.
  • The supply of vaccines is plentiful in our communities. If you have not been vaccinated yet, you are strongly encouraged to do so as soon as possible! Kentucky residents can visit vaccine.ky.gov to find the most convenient vaccination location.

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: 43

Age Range: 1 month to 102 years old

Male: 46.8%

Female: 53.2%

Additional COVID-19 Guidance

“Our situation has improved, but COVID-19 is still spreading in our community. It is important that we protect ourselves” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “Getting a COVID-19 vaccine has never been easier. If you are not already vaccinated, please, do it now. We need to continue to use all of our tools wear masks when in public if you are not fully vaccinated, watch your distance between other people, and wash your hands frequently.”

A person is considered fully vaccinated 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. If you don’t meet these requirements, regardless of your age, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated. Fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance in any setting, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business, and workplace guidance. Fully vaccinated people can refrain from testing following a known exposure unless they are residents or employees of a correctional or detention facility or a homeless shelter. For additional guidance go to https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html.

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 health care 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 individuals 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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