COVID inpatients peak in Owensboro Health hospitals

Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 5:33 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 8, 2021 at 6:32 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Owensboro Health hospitals are reaching a new peak for COVID-19 hospitalizations.

Owensboro Health says all three of their hospitals have hit their highest COVID inpatients since the beginning of the pandemic.

The hospital that just peaked was Owensboro Health Regional Hospital in Owensboro.

Data from the health system shows that peak came just two days ago.

Officials say they’re seeing younger patients than at the start of the pandemic.

As of Tuesday, the hospital had 58 total patients.

20 of those patients are in critical care and 15 patients are intubated.

Officials say all of their hospitals have peaked over the last two weeks.

Their Muhlenberg hospital peaked on September 3 with eight patients.

Twin Lakes Medical Center peaked on August 25 with 18 patients.

Officials say they have increased Regeneron or the monoclonal antibody treatments at the Owensboro Regional Hospital.

At this point, officials say they can administer about 50 doses per day at the hospital, because Regeneron is administered through injection rather than the usual transfusion.

This makes for a faster process.

“We’re able to double the amount of people we’re able to treat on any given day, so for instance today we did 50 of these,” said Dr. Michael Kelley, Vice President of Medical Affairs at Owensboro Regional Hospital. “50 people in the community with mild to moderate COVID-19 in our area that are able to get a treatment that will hopefully, what the data shows, keeps people from progressing to the point of an ER visit, needing a hospitalization or dying from covid-19.”

Kelley says the antibody treatment isn’t for just anyone. It’s for people with mild to moderate symptoms.

People have to start the treatment within 10 days of testing positive, but he says the sooner the better.

This new data come as Governor Andy Beshear is sounding the alarm about hospital capacity across the commonwealth.

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