When the Green River District Health Department held its daily press conference this morning, it confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 in its seven county district, including one in Webster County. That brings the district's total to 157, with a total of 8 in the county.

Of those 157 cases, 30 (19%) have required hospitalization, including two in Webster, one of which remains in the hospital. Of that same 157, 78 (50%) are now considered officially recovered, including three of the cases in Webster County. 

“We all play a part in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Stay home, avoid crowds, wash your hands, and practice physical social distancing – staying at least 6 feet away from others. We have to stick with this strategy. We can’t let our guard down.” said Clay Horton, Public Health Director. “It is crucial we do everything we can to stop the spread of COVID-19.”

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% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

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.

The site can be accessed at www.kycovid19.ky.gov. The public can also call the Kentucky COVID-19 hotline at 800-722-5725.