Henderson County logs more than 1,000 new COVID cases; district reports 4,773 overall

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HENDERSON, Ky. — The number of COVID-19 cases in the region continues a steep climb, with the Green River District Health Department reporting 4,773 new cases and seven deaths Tuesday.

The GRDHD's report spans six days from Jan. 19-24. In its previous report Wednesday, the health department counted 3,089 cases and 14 deaths in the seven-county district.

The seven-day average for new cases is now 813.7 per day. In the GRDHD's previous report that number was 538; on Dec. 28 it was 108 new cases per day.

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Henderson County reported 1005 new cases and one death. Daviess County had 2,488 cases and six deaths. Ohio County had 491 cases, Webster 247, Union 218, McLean 185 and Hancock 139.

All of the state's 120 counties are now considered areas of high transmission, or "red" status. An area of high transmission is defined as 25 cases or more per capita by the Kentucky Department for Public Health. Henderson has the highest incidence rate in the region at 329.6, up from 308.4 Wednesday. Union has the area's lowest rate at 231.5.

"We are seeing an alarming increase in our incidence rates of COVID-19," said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. "The best way to protect yourself and those you love is to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

This map issued by the Kentucky Department for Public Health shows incidence rates for COVID-19 in each of the state's 120 counties.
This map issued by the Kentucky Department for Public Health shows incidence rates for COVID-19 in each of the state's 120 counties.

"If you are not yet vaccinated, go get vaccinated today. If you are already vaccinated and it is time, get a booster shot. If you must be in indoor public spaces, wear a mask. Most importantly, if you are feeling sick, stay home and don’t infect others."

There have been 55,637 cases reported in the district since the beginning of the pandemic, with 741 deaths. Last week, Kentucky passed the one million mark in COVID case since the start of the pandemic, with 1,085,051 confirmed cases and 12,763 COVID-related deaths.

Henderson mask policies

Facemasks are required at all Henderson city government buildings for city employees, visitors and customers.

Henderson County Schools has universal masking in effect for all students, faculty and visitors. On Thursday, the school system updated its Healthy at School Plan, which continues to require masking at school grounds and on buses. Masking is highly recommended, but not required, at extracurricular activities.

COVID 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.

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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.

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.

As of Tuesday, the total reported cases in the Green River district by county, current COVID-19 hospitalizations, the cases ever hospitalized, the number of deaths by county and the percent of residents having received at least one dose of the vaccine are:

Daviess: 26,187 10 620 342 58.39

Hancock: 2,058 1 36 21 65.29

Henderson: 11,647 3 267 141 57.16

McLean: 2,241 0 79 46 53.68

Ohio: 6,460 4 191 91 43.52

Union: 3,690 0 122 52 46.06

Webster: 3,354 0 101 48 50.73

Total: 55,637 18 1,416 741 NA

Additional demographic information

Average Age: 39

Age Range: 5 days to 104 years old

Male: 46.5%

Female: 53.5%

GRDHD COVID-19 Cases by Age Group

<1: 1%

1-11: 8%

12-19: 12%

20-29: 17%

30-39: 17%

40-49: 15%

50-59: 13%

60-69: 10%

70-79: 6%

80+: 3%

This article originally appeared on Henderson Gleaner: COVID-19 update for Henderson County Kentucky, Green River District

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