Webster County Judge Executive Steve Henry announced Webster County’s second confirmed case of COVID-19 (the coronavirus) on Monday in a one-call, telling local residents that a 60-year-old female had tested positive for the virus.

The first case of COVID-19 was reported by Henry one week earlier, on Monday March 23. That case involved a 77-year-old male.

He stated that the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) and the Webster County Health Department was investigating both cases. GRDHD was scheduled to release more information about those two cases on Tuesday after press time.

“I ask that you pray for both of these individuals and their families,” Henry said. “This is definitely a time like we’ve not seen before. Thinking of one another and praying for one another is the best thing we can do for those who are sick.”

In nearby Hopkins County, the health department has confirmed 16 positive tests for COVID-19, as well as two deaths. Details of those cases have not been released, but it was confirmed by health department officials on Monday that all 16 cases shared a commonality that connected the individuals to one another.

During its Monday press conference, GRDHD reported a total of 42 cases in its seven county district, which includes Daviess, Hancock, Henderson, McLean, Union and Webster counties. Ohio County as yet does not have a confirmed case. This number did not include the additional case confirmed in Webster County, which brings the total to 43.

Those include:

Daviess County — 33 cases

• 51 year old male

• 48 year old male

• 48 year old female

• 23 year old female

• 69 year old male

• 58 year old female

• 50 year old female

• 54 year old male

• 20 year old female

• 25 year old male

• 50 year old female

• 49 year old male

• 52 year old male

• 49 year old female

• 55 year old male

• 58 year old female

• 74 year old female

• 21 year old male

• 25 year old female

• 46 year old female

• 67 year old female

• 53 year old female

• 48 year old male

• 62 year old female

• 41 year old male

• 36 year old male

• 36 year old female

• 42 year old female

• 32 year old male

• 63 year old male

• 23 year old male

• 60 year old male

• 48 year old female

Hancock County — 1 Case

• 65 year old female

Henderson County — 4 Cases

• 61 year old male

• 63 year old female

• 77 year old female

•30 year old female

McLean County — 1 Case

• 23 year old male

Union County — 2 Cases

• 56 year old male

• 64 year old female

Webster County — 1 Case

• 77 year old male

•60 year old female

“It is critical that everyone do everything possible to help stop the spread of COVID-19.” said Clay Horton, GRDHD Public Health Director. “We are asking people to stay home as much as possible. When they do need to get out, it should only be when it absolutely needed. We must all be vigilant with social distancing.”

Henry echoed this sentiment, reminding residents that they are the ones who control how the virus spreads.

“I ask that you keep your family safe by keeping yourself safe,” he said. “Do not take chances, and practice the social distancing that has been put in place, as well as the hygiene measures that we’ve been asked to do. Let’s continue to stay strong and follow those guidelines. Its up to all of us to do our part to stop the spread.”

Contact Matt Hughes at matt@journalenterprise.com or 270-667-2069