Published on April 27, 2020

COVID-19 Update - April 27

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

As we start the process of a slow and gradual reopening of services, we are evaluating our procedures to make sure we keep our patients and team members safe. We’ve already implemented many of the Governor’s guidelines, such as having individuals wait in their cars instead of the waiting room, and are adding even more safeguards moving forward. As we adapt to new requirements for being “healthy at work,” we remain dedicated to healing the sick and improving the health of the communities we serve.

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We’re helping other employers keep their employees healthy at work by providing Healthpark team members to work as temperature screeners at 14 regional companies. Owensboro Health and Owensboro Health Medical Group are partners with Unifirst and Specialty Food Groups to provide occupational medical services, wellness screenings and programs.

CDC Adds Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added several new symptoms to its existing list of symptoms for COVID-19. The CDC has said that fever, cough and shortness of breath are indications that someone might have COVID-19. It has now added six more conditions that may come with the virus: chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat and new loss of taste or smell. The expanded symptoms list could prove important because with a limited number of test kits available, typically those seeking a test must first show symptoms.

Mask Requirements

As we enter the first phase of reopening healthcare services, masks are crucial in controlling the spread of COVID-19. All healthcare providers and team members must wear a surgical or procedural mask while in the facility unless an N95 mask is required. All patients and others in the office must wear a surgical or procedural mask while in an acute care hospital or ambulatory surgery center, and either a surgical or procedural mask or cloth face covering in all other healthcare settings.

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#HealthyAtHome Owensboro Health Medical Group Pulmonology reminds you to stay healthy at home.

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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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