Published on May 01, 2020

COVID-19 Update - May 1

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

As we gear up for another beautiful spring weekend, I encourage you to focus on your mental health. Get outside - go for a walk around your neighborhood, join your kids on a bike ride or do some yard work. Taking time to step away from the news and the internet can give your mental health a nice break. Remember to follow the physical distancing guidelines that remain in place, but take advantage of the sunshine and the peaceful moments. Enjoy your weekend.

Message to our Community:

Why is it important to wear a mask in public?

Now that our testing capabilities are increasing, we are seeing even more positive tests from people who were showing no symptoms of COVID-19. This makes it especially hard to contain the virus because you may feel fine and still be contagious - exposing others without even knowing. By wearing a cloth mask in public, you are far less likely to unknowingly expose others. If we all do this together and consistently, we will slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep our vulnerable populations safe.

Team Member Donates Plasma

For one Owensboro Health team member, testing positive for COVID-19 presented an opportunity to help others. Since studies have shown that antibodies in the plasma of a recovered COVID-19 patient can help treat others with more severe cases of the virus, she made the decision to donate. Read her story.

OPS Parade


Owensboro Public Schools held a last day of school parade today and ended their route by doing a lap around Owensboro Health Regional Hospital as a way to honor our healthcare workers.Several buses and cars drove through campus around 3 p.m. We’re proud to support our community and thank them for supporting us! See more photos on our Facebook page.

Aerial Salute

aerial salute airplanes

The Kentucky Air National Guard flew over Owensboro Health Regional Hospital today as part of a nationwide salute to those in the COVID-19 response effort. The two-ship C-130 aerial demonstration was in the Owensboro area at 4 p.m. Watch for a video of of the salute on our Facebook page.

Note from Pastoral Care

The late artist, Leonard Cohen, wrote a song titled “Anthem.” In part of this song it reads:

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That's how the light gets in.

Many of us are ending the work week with the cracks of being mentally worn and physically exhausted. I ask that, in this weekend, may we find the light in the imperfections that surround our lives at this moment. May we take time to appreciate what we still have and what we look forward to when all of this has gone away. Also, take a moment and appreciate the work you have done and continue to do, take a rest from that work and continue to drive on to “heal the sick and improve the lives of the communities we serve.” Enjoy your sabbath, get some rest, and continue to be safe 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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