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Published on April 08, 2020

Owensboro Health working to protect team members as first employees test positive for coronavirus

Statement from Chief Medical Officer, Francis DuFrayne, MD

OWENSBORO, Ky. (Apr. 8, 2020) – As expected, Owensboro Health continues to care for patients testing positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, including some of our own team members. A small number of employees at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital (OHRH) have tested positive for the coronavirus. All are isolated at home and are receiving appropriate care. We are committed to protecting the privacy of both patients and employees under federal privacy rules and cannot provide further details on individual patients or employees.

The care and safety of our patients, visitors and team members remains our highest priority. Positive test results are not a surprise given the growing number of cases we are seeing across our state and around the nation. Upon learning of these cases, we took immediate action to isolate the individuals and notify those who may have come in contact with them.

In addition to following the latest infection control guidance from the CDC, we continue to take aggressive measures to protect our patients and team members. All employees are screened for fever or other symptoms of respiratory disease before beginning their shifts.  Any employee with symptoms or who has been in contact with a suspected case is not allowed to enter the building. In addition, all hospital team members and outpatients are required to wear surgical masks at all times while in the hospital. Visitor restrictions remain in place for our hospitals and clinics and temperature checks are conducted on all entrants to our buildings.

We remain in regular contact public health authorities and other hospitals in the region to respond to this public health emergency, including establishing contingency plans to expand inpatient care as needed through use of alternate sites and other strategies. The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented challenge and our hearts go out to every person who is being impacted.

Contact: Somer Wilhite, Communications Manager for Owensboro Health, (O) 270-685-7103, 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; Owensboro Health Twin Lakes Medical Center; 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.