Published on April 21, 2020

COVID-19 Update - April 21

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

We say “we’re in this together” because it’s true. We depend on the actions of others to slow the spread of the virus: following the guidelines and staying physically distant. We count on each other for phone calls, FaceTime and Zoom meetings to keep us connected while we’re apart. We lift up our healthcare workers and essential employees, who put others before themselves. And we rely on the generosity of others who donate PPE or use their talents to make cloth masks for us. This week Owensboro Health received donations of cloth masks from across the country, reminding us just how connected we are - even when we’re six feet apart.

OHRH's Design and Size Provide Advantages During Pandemic

Greg Strahan

Greg Strahan
President and CEO

Owensboro Health President and CEO Greg Strahan discussed how building a new hospital helped prepare our region for COVID-19 in today’s Messenger-Inquirer. “Through the coronavirus outbreak, I think many people are discovering the capabilities that Owensboro Health Regional Hospital really has,” he said. “Many people might not have been aware of the technology, the expertise and the services that are available here.” Read the full article here

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Eye Protection

Any clinically facing team member required to be within six feet of others must wear a mask AND eye protection. Regular glasses do not count as eye protection, but safety glasses that wrap around your face are acceptable. Each team member will receive one face shield and is responsible for keeping it clean. Our team’s safety is a top priority and we need your help to ensure that you are following all PPE guidelines with every patient, every time.

Drive-Through Lab Options

Owensboro Health now has drive-through lab options at multiple locations, providing an opportunity to see patients while limiting their exposure to COVID-19.


  • The Lab at The Springs (Building A) - open to anyone with lab service orders
  • Madisonville Multicare - open to anyone with lab service orders
  • Cardiology Coagulation Clinic - for patients with appointments
  • Oncology Lab - for patients with appointments

For more information about the laboratory services and locations.

Telehealth Virtual Visits

In an effort to reduce the risk of exposure for our patients and team members, we are offering telehealth virtual visits. This allows our community to get the care they need without the concern of leaving home and keeps our team’s safety at a top priority. Call before you visit and see if a virtual appointment is an option for you.

Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center

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We are proud to partner with the Western Kentucky Regional Blood Center as we look to identify critically ill patients that may benefit from COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP). People who recover from COVID-19 make antibodies against the virus in the plasma component of their blood. Evidence shows this convalescent plasma can be used as a treatment for patients with COVID-19. We appreciate all they are doing to support the treatment of the virus and we look forward to using this treatment here soon.

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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.

24-Hour Coronavirus Hotline

For patients and community members with questions or possible symptoms.

Call: 877-888-6647

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