Published on April 07, 2020

Tuesday, April 7 COVID-19 Update

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

Dr. Francis DuFrayne

Each day we see a slight increase in COVID-19 in our area. Because we are conserving supplies and only testing those who have symptoms and are very sick, we know those numbers would be significantly higher if we tested everyone.

With that knowledge, we ask you to focus even more on slowing the spread. Practice hand hygiene, cover coughs and sneezes, stay home and continue social distancing. Remember, if someone doesn’t live with you, they should not visit you - even if you stay 6 feet apart. The more we do to stop the spread now, the faster this will pass.

View the numbers on our dashboard

Atmos Donation of PPE

ATMOS donated

Atmos Energy donated more than 200 N95 masks this week. Our community support is unwavering and we see that every day in donations and messages of encouragement. These masks will help to protect our team members as they serve our community.

Patient Experience Champions

At a time when visitors aren't allowed, our reassigned team members are acting as patient experience champions and making emotional connections with our patients. From keeping their families informed to just being someone to talk to, these team members are making a difference. Read the Messenger-Inquirer’s story about these reassigned team members.

A Thank You Note

During this uncertain time, healthcare workers need all the support they can get. This card from a patient is a reminder that our community is right here with us in their thoughts and prayers.

thank you note

Owensboro Health Featured in Global Video

More than 250 filmmakers worked together to create a video showing scenes from around the globe during the COVID-19 pandemic. The inspirational video shares stories of compassion and unity during a time when so many feel isolated. If you look closely around 2 minutes in, you’ll see Owensboro Health Regional Hospital during the community’s drive-in prayer vigil. Watch it here.

Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital Mealscarrying a lunch tray

To show appreciation for the work our team members do each day, the cost of all team members’ meals from the OHMCH Café for the month of April has been donated. This generous gesture allows our healthcare workers to focus on what is most important at this time: staying safe and caring for our patients.

Goody Bags from Pastoral Care

The Owensboro Health Foundation provided a grant to help Pastoral Care and Staff Chaplain David Madewell show

appreciation to our team members in the coming weeks. As a result, goody bags full of treats and fun activities are being delivered to team members as available. Wal-Mart also donated some fun items to the bags.

goodies from pastoral care

Worth Repeating…

Resources on

Check out the Know Before You Go page for more information on who should get tested for coronavirus and what to expect. You can also find Home Care Instructions for Novel Coronavirus with tips on how to take care of yourself or your family at home if you think you have the virus.

We will get through this, together.

Francis J. DuFrayne, MD
Chief Medical Officer

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.