Published on January 24, 2019

Owensboro Health Regional Hospital implements visitor restrictions due to flu

An increase in flu cases is being seen locally and Owensboro Health is reacting to protect patients, visitors and health system staff.

On Thursday, January 24, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital put visitor restrictions into place as a safeguard. The restrictions will remain in place until further notice and are meant to limit the chances that someone infected with the flu could pass it to a patient.

As of January 24, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital had 88 positive influenza rapid tests over the previous seven days. So far in January, Owensboro Health has recorded 140 cases of the flu.

Visitor restrictions at OHRH include the following actions:

  • Visitors should be kept to a minimum and should only include persons essential for the patient’s care and emotional well-being.
  • No children under age 18 will be allowed to visit patients.
  • Anyone with a cold, respiratory illness or flu symptoms is asked to refrain from visiting.
    • Symptoms meeting these criteria include one or more of the following: Fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose and/or sneezing, muscle/body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Protect yourself!

Prevent the spread of flu to yourself and others by using good hand hygiene. Wash hands often with soap and water, or with a 60% alcohol-based hand sanitizer. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into your upper sleeve (in the crook of your elbow) as this keeps germs contained in a place in a place from which they cannot easily spread.

If you haven’t gotten a flu shot this year, it’s not too late to do so, since flu season can last into February and beyond. The flu vaccine takes about two weeks to become active, so being vaccinated sooner is better. Flu shots can protect you from getting the flu, or give you partial immunity, meaning the flu will be less severe and make you sick for a shorter period of time.

Would you like to know more? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have extensive information and resources about the flu, including current flu activity and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones. Visit to learn more.

Contact: Brian Hamby, Director of Owensboro Health Marketing & Public Relations, (O) 270-685-7749, (C) 270-316-4274,

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit