By Ralph Dickerson
The Green River District Health Department is offering free COVID-19 tests at area health departments in the region, including the Hancock County Health Department located at 175 Harrison Street in Hawesville. The department offers the tests on Wednesdays in Hancock County, with the next available test date on July 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Though the district provides the tests free of charge, residents wanting a test need to preregister for a test. Go to the Green River District Health Department’s website HYPERLINK https://healthdepartment.org https://healthdepartment.org and follow the prompts to register. So far over 50 people received a free test in Hancock County. The free tests started the first of July, and 20 people received tests on the first testing day, and 36 people on the second test day.
According to information from the Green River District Health Department, as of Monday July 21, a total of 33 people in Hancock County contracted the disease, with 24 currently recovered. On Monday GRDHD reported 21 new cases of the virus, with Daviess and Henderson counties leading the way with nine new cases each.
The breakdown of cases in the region shows the virus affects everybody, not just the very young or the elderly. The total number of cases in the under age 19 and over age 50 group is 551 cases. The number of cases in the 20 to 49 year-old groups is 752.
The past couple of weeks the number of cases in Kentucky started to dramatically increase. Since the pandemic started, over 23,000 Kentuckians contracted the disease, with over 650 deaths. Due to the strong uptick in cases, Governor Andy Beshear ordered everyone to wear masks when out in public, and he limited public gatherings to 10 people or less. He also suggested people self-isolate for 14 days if they recently traveled to any of the states being hardest hit by the upsurge in cases, like Florida and Texas.