Published on April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Update - April 20

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

It’s been six weeks since we had our first COVID-19 case in Kentucky and we’re facing new challenges each day. With numbers on the rise, we now have to treat all patients as positive for COVID-19 until testing proves otherwise. We’re making adjustments and will be opening an additional unit to treat coronavirus patients as we are nearing the next step of our surge plan. In order to keep the community healthy, team member safety must be a top priority. We’re ramping up our safety measures to keep our frontlines ready to take care of patients. This is the time we need to have each other’s back - especially when it comes to safety. We’re in this fight together.

Team Member Safety

team member wearing a face shield

All clinical staff must wear a surgical mask during their entire shift or an N95 mask for appropriate tasks. You may wear a cloth mask over a surgical mask to help preserve it, but do not wear a cloth mask alone when working with patients.

Eye protection is now required for ALL patient interactions. Regular glasses do not count as eye protection. You must wear a face shield or goggles anytime you come into contact with any patient. Face shields are being distributed to all units. Each team member will receive one face shield and is responsible for keeping them clean.

Springs Drive-Through Lab Now Open

Owensboro Health now has a drive-through lab at the Springs, Building A. Anyone with lab orders can use this lab. Hours are Monday and Thursday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. We ask that anyone using this drive-through option to wear a mask.

Additional COVID Unit Opening

The number of virus cases in our area continues to rise. In order to stay ahead of the number of rooms needed, we’ve turned another unit into a dedicated COVID-19 unit. We will continue to make changes needed per our surge plan.

Owensboro Health Recognized by Governor Beshear

Gov. Beshear on video

Governor Andy Beshear gave Owensboro Health a shout out during his Saturday press briefing. The Governor played a video from our social media, which featured our team members clapping as a recovered COVID-19 patient was discharged. Several media outlets across the state have picked up the story and we could not be more proud of the work our team is doing.

Owensboro Health Sponsors Virtual Concert Series

artist doing a virtual concert

Owensboro Health has teamed up with Owensboro Times and Owensboro Living to present a Facebook Concert Series. Each week, we’ll bring music to your facebook feed to help brighten your day and connect us all no matter where we're watching. This week’s series features Diane Earle of the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. You can see her performance here.

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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; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.

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