On Tuesday, the Green River District Health Department (GRDHD) reported 957 new COVID-19 cases in the seven county are, with more than 400 of those cases coming in Daviess County.
The GRDHD is reporting one of the highest number of cases it has seen in months. This coming as eight Kentucky counties are among the top 20 counties in the nation with the highest COVID-19 rates.
And with 434 new cases and three deaths reported in Daviess County, a local resident, who saw COVID-19 take the life of her father, is worried when this surge will end.
“I wonder what it’s going to take for people to wake up," said Cheryl Brown. "Our hospital is full. The nursing staff is worn out, and I just don’t understand what it’s going to take for people to wake up and see that we have a crisis in our community.”
Dr. Steven Stack, commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health, gave a grim warning, saying, "Our hospitals are at the brink of collapse in many communities," said Stack.
The GRDHD also reported 50 new cases in Hancock, 161 in Henderson, 162 Ohio, and 65 in Webster County.
Due to this COVID-19 surge, top Bluegrass health officials say more than 2/3s of our hospitals are experiencing critical staff shortages.