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Owensboro Health restores temporary safety measures as COVID-19 cases surge

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 2:39 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Owensboro Health is bringing back some safety measures in response to the recent rise in COVID-19 cases throughout the community.

The following safety measures are now in place at all facilities:

  • Visitor restrictions will be enforced to keep team members and patients safe. For more information on the current policy (which is subject to change as needed), go to OwensboroHealth.org/Visit.
  • All procedural patients will be tested for COVID-19, including fully vaccinated patients.
  • Masking is required at all times within any Owensboro Health facility.

The hospital also put its COVID-19 tent back up.

The tent is used to treat patients with COVID-19 while maintaining a separate area to prevent spreading the virus.

Dr. Michael Kelley, who leads much of the hospital’s medical COVID operations, says vaccines are the real key.

He explained that a vast majority of the patients they see are unvaccinated, and he said it’s only going to get worse.

“My biggest concern is that subset of people that aren’t vaccinated are going to be the ones we see here,” Kelley said.

While many argue it’s their choice whether or not to get the vaccine, Dr. Kelley said that choice can affect people who want to be vaccinated and are unable to.

Since those who are vaccinated can still be carriers, as well as there being so many unprotected people, Dr. Kelley recommends all of his patients to exercise caution.

“I still believe in the personal responsibility pieces of this beyond just the jab,” he said. “So that’s social distancing, masking, handwashing.”

Dr. Kelley says he hopes they won’t need the tent much longer, but they would rather be overprepared and safe

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