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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Visitation Restrictions

Visitation restrictions are in effect at all Med Center Health hospitals and Cal Turner Rehab & Specialty Care.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends COVID-19 vaccination for all people aged 5 years and older, including people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, trying to get pregnant now, or might become pregnant in the future. Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant people. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine can protect you from severe illness from COVID-19. Learn more at CDC.gov.

COVID-19 Booster Shot

The CDC recommends that everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine. Learn more and if you are eligible at CDC.gov. Pfizer-BioNTech Booster shots are available at Medical Center Urgentcare by appointment.

Third Dose Booster shot for immunocompromised persons

The CDC has recently released recommendations regarding a booster shot for moderately-to-severe immunocompromised persons. Talk to your doctor to see if a booster is appropriate for you. More information is available at CDC.gov.

I’ve gotten tested. Now what?

According to the CDC, there are three key steps to take while you are waiting for the results of your COVID test: Stay home and monitor your health; think about the people you have recently been around; and answer the phone call from the health department if you get one. See more.

Mask Recommendations in Kentucky

The Omicron variant is now estimated to be the most common variant of COVID-19 in Kentucky. Because this variant is highly contagious, the following are recommendations for wearing masks and stopping the spread:

  • All unvaccinated Kentuckians should wear masks indoors when not in their home
  • Kentuckians at higher risk due to pre-existing conditions should wear masks indoors when not in their home
  • Vaccinated Kentuckians in jobs with significant public exposure should consider wearing a mask at work.
  • All unvaccinated Kentuckians, when eligible, should be vaccinated immediately
  • Eligible people should receive the vaccine booster.

Learn more at kycovid19.ky.gov. For tips on how to improve how your mask protects you, visit cdc.gov.

Kentucky COVID-19 Hotline (800) 722-5725

The COVID-19 hotline is a service operated by the healthcare professionals at the KY Poison Control Center who can provide advice and answer questions. Please be patient as they are handling a high volume of calls and want to give everyone the time they deserve. For general information, please review this web page or the kycovid19.ky.gov website prior to calling the hotline.

Tips for Back-to-School

The CDC has created a checklist to help parents with planning for in-person classes.

Back to School Planning and In-Person Classes

CDC Updates and Shortens Recommended Isolation and Quarantine Period for General Population

Given what we currently know about COVID-19 and the Omicron variant, CDC is shortening the recommended time for isolation from 10 days for people with COVID-19 to 5 days, if asymptomatic, followed by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

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Omicron Variant: What You Need to Know

CDC is working with state and local public health officials to monitor the spread of Omicron. As of December 20, 2021, Omicron has been detected in most states and territories and is rapidly increasing the proportion of COVID-19 cases it is causing.

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CDC Expands COVID-19 Booster Recommendations

Today, CDC is strengthening its recommendation on booster doses for individuals who are 18 years and older. Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot either when they are 6 months after their initial Pfizer or Moderna series or 2 months after their initial J&J vaccine.

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CDC Statement on B.1.1.529 (Omicron variant)

On November 26, 2021, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new variant, B.1.1.529, as a Variant of Concern and has named it Omicron. No cases of this variant have been identified in the U.S. to date. CDC is following the details of this new variant, first reported to the WHO by South Africa. 

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Local COVID News

COVID-19 Protocol Explanation from Med Center Health

With new protocols coming down from the Center for Disease Control, many have questions. Med Center Health broke down these questions with WBKO.

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Med Center doctor provides information on Omicron variant

With the Omicron variant of COVID-19 increasing rapidly globally, the Medical Center at Bowling Green is hoping to spread awareness about the virus and remind the public to take precautions.

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Med Center Health offering COVID vaccine for ages 5-11

(Bowling Green Daily News)

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As hospitals bulge with COVID-19 patients, WKU nursing students tapped to join front lines

(WKYU-FM)

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Kentucky Guard helps hospitals stretched thin by pandemic

National Guard

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Covid hospitalizations down, recovery following hospital stay can be ‘horrific’

Caverna Independent Schools to host Covid vaccine clinic

COVID vaccine booster shots now available Med Center Health

Only difference between additional and booster dose is timing

Hospital officials report slight decrease in COVID patients

(Bowling Green Daily News)

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Med Center Health Vaccine Clinic Update

The Med Center Health Vaccine Clinic is now located in The Medical Center-WKU Health Sciences Complex located at 700 E. First Avenue on the campus of The Medical Center at Bowling Green. To schedule an appointment for the vaccine or booster shot, text the word COVID to 270-796-4400.

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