Health Department: Increase in daily COVID cases alarming, on track to double for 2nd week

July 23, 2021 | 12:03 pm

Updated July 23, 2021 | 12:03 pm

Graphic by Owensboro Times

A total of 110 new confirmed COVID-19 cases were reported Friday morning in Daviess County by the Green River District Health Department. Officials said in a release that 91% of the most recent cases in the district are in unvaccinated individuals.

The cases were investigated between Tuesday and Thursday, with officials saying the “increase in the number is new daily cases is alarming” and on track to double for the second week in a row.

“The best way to protect yourself and those you love is to get vaccinated against COVID-19,” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and highly effective. … If you are not yet fully vaccinated, at higher risk, or work in a high-traffic public job like retail or dining, continue to wear a mask when in indoor public spaces. If you are not vaccinated against COVID-19 yet, get vaccinated immediately.” 

GRDHD on Friday also reported 130 total new cases for the other six counties in the Green River District — including 9 in Hancock, 53 in Henderson, 3 in McLean, 30 in Ohio, 10 in Union, and 25 in Webster.

The current 7-day average for new cases in the Green River District is 34.9 new cases per day.

As reported by Green River District Health Department, the seven-county district’s totals to date are:

  • Reported cases: 23,328 (11,013 for Daviess)
  • Currently hospitalized: 13 (3 for Daviess)
  • Ever hospitalized: 940 (363 for Daviess)
  • Deaths: 412 (191 for Daviess)

On Thursday — two months after it was taken down — the tent outside Owensboro Health Regional Hospital was put back up as a proactive measure after the uptick in COVID-19 cases, which officials say is due to the Delta variant. OH officials are highlighted the safety measures in place at all their facilities.

For about 4-6 weeks, the hospital was hovering around two or three COVID-positive patients per day. While that number has climbed to 12-14, it is still well below the 50 or so they were seeing daily during the height of the pandemic.

“We’ve had an uptick in our number of admissions at the hospital. Nothing great, but it’s still an uptick,” Francis DuFrayne, Owensboro Health’s chief medical officer, said Thursday. “We as an organization have decided to be a little more proactive. We put the tent back up, and we use the tent to give monoclonal antibody infusions to the COVID-positive patients. It’s just in anticipation.”

Health Department and OH officials alike are encouraging anyone who is unvaccinated to consider getting their shot, and for everyone to use extra caution with cases on the rise.

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: Click here

Vaccine Hotline: Call 800-722-5725 for 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.  

July 23, 2021 | 12:03 pm

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