Published on February 06, 2020

OH hospitals begin visitor restrictions as flu activity continues to increase

OWENSBORO, Ky. (February 6, 2020) – Visitor restrictions at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital and Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital begin today, with flu and influenza-like illness increasing throughout the region and the state.

woman with the fluVisitor restrictions were put into place today, after Owensboro Health Regional Hospital’s lab performed more than 200 rapid flu tests in a seven-day period while statewide flu activity is categorized at the “widespread” level.

Laura Gillim, RN, an infection prevention specialist at OHRH, said it’s important to exercise caution.

“We are committed to protecting our patients and visitors and visitor restrictions minimize our patients’ exposure to outside contaminants.” Gillim said. “Restrictions also reduce our visitors’ risk of being exposed to illness while visiting the hospital.”

Visitor restrictions at either Owensboro Health hospital include the following:

  • Visitors should be kept to a minimum and only include persons essential for the patient’s care and emotional well-being.
  • Children under age 18 should not visit patients.
  • Anyone with a cold, respiratory illness or flu symptoms should refrain from visiting.
    • These symptoms include one or more of the following: Fever or chills, cough, sore throat, runny nose and/or sneezing, muscle/body aches, headaches and fatigue.

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for more information about the flu and this year’s flu season.

Contact: Somer Wilhite, Manager of Marketing Communications, Owensboro Health Marketing & Public Relations, (O) 270-685-7103, (C) 270-779-6970, Somer.Wilhite@OwensboroHealth.org.

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.