Western Kentucky COVID-19 numbers continue steady rise with 2,533 new cases, 6 deaths

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HENDERSON, Ky. — The number of COVID-19 cases in the region continues to climb, with the Green River District Health Department reporting 2,533 new cases and six deaths Friday.

The GRDHD's report spans three days from Jan. 25-27. In its previous report Tuesday, the health department counted 4,773 new cases and seven deaths, but over a period of six days.

The seven-day average for new cases rose to 848.9 per day. In the GRDHD's previous report, that number was 813.7. One month ago, on Dec. 28, it was 108 new cases per day.

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Henderson County reported 488 new cases and three deaths. The other deaths were two residents of Daviess County and one of Union County. Daviess County had 1,268 cases, Ohio 299, Webster 165, Union 140, McLean 87 and Hancock 86.

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. Daviess has the highest incidence rate in the region at 337.6. Union has the area's lowest rate at 202.6. Henderson County's incidence rate Friday was 297.

"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.

"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."

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

There have been 58,170 cases reported in the district since the beginning of the pandemic, with 747 deaths. Statewide, there have been 1,125,181 confirmed cases and 12,856 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 Friday, 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: 27,455 13 626 344 58.46

Hancock: 2,144 1 36 21 65.37

Henderson: 12,135 3 267 144 57.26

McLean: 2,328 0 79 46 53.75

Ohio: 6,759 5 193 91 43.57

Union: 3,830 0 122 53 46.25

Webster: 3,519 0 101 48 50.78

Total: 58,170 22 1,424 747 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: 5%

80+: 3%

This article originally appeared on Henderson Gleaner: COVID update for Henderson Kentucky and Green River District Health

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