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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

SUMMARY

Med Center Health, along with public health and safety organizations in Southcentral Kentucky, is prepared for instances of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

Residents are encouraged to remain calm and to use proper hygienic methods and social distancing to prevent the spread of airborne infections, such as the common cold, influenza, and other respiratory illnesses, including, but not limited to, the coronavirus.

We are prepared for management, evaluation and treatment by infectious disease and travel medicine specialists and emergency personnel as cases of the virus are identified in our area.

HOSPITAL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Practice hand hygiene – wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available.
  • Don’t touch your face with unwashed hands; it’s the easiest way for germs to enter your body.
  • Try to limit your exposure to sick people.
  • Keep a six-foot distance from anyone who is actively sick, or who is coughing or sneezing.
  • Practice other good health habits – get plenty of sleep; stay active; manage your stress; drink plenty of fluids; and eat nutritious food.

IF YOU BELIEVE YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED

If you have traveled to any active zone within the past two weeks and have developed symptoms of lower respiratory illness — which include cough, shortness of breath, and fever — call your local hospital and ask to speak to the Emergency Department, or you may visit the Emergency Department. If you go to the Emergency Department, or any healthcare facility, please be sure to inform them immediately of your travel history and symptoms.

It is recommended that you call your physician before entering any healthcare facility if you believe you are exhibiting symptoms.

HOW HAS MED CENTER HEALTH PREPARED?

Med Center Health is working diligently to ensure the safety and well-being of our patients amid concerns surrounding COVID-19. Our hospitals have existing bed capacity and have surge plans in place when necessary. We will continue to monitor and follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines, engage continuously with local infectious disease specialists and collaborate with key stakeholders through the Bowling Green-Warren County Coronavirus Workgroup. We are also fully compliant with Governor Beshear’s recommendation to cease elective surgeries at this time.

All hospitals within the Med Center Health system are actively screening patients to determine exposure to communicable illnesses. The Medical Center at Bowling Green is prepared with:

  • Areas of the hospital identified as containment locations.
  • Defined procedures for management of patients with the illness.
  • Team drills to simulate and prepare for a large volume of patients.
  • Expert Infectious Disease physicians on staff.
  • Close communication and coordination with state and local health officials and emergency management.
  • Additional space with an inflatable hospital in the event of an unexpected high volume of patients with the virus.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Visitation Restrictions

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

Facilities Closed

To safeguard our patients and staff from the potential spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and in accordance with a directive from Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear, the following facilities will be temporarily closed. Please keep checking our website for updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

  • Barren River Adult Day Care
  • Bluegrass Outpatient Center
  • Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation
    (all locations)
  • Just For Women Physical Therapy
  • Orthopedics Plus Physical Therapy (all locations)
  • Tomorrows Woman and The Perfect Fit
  • Western Kentucky Diagnostic Imaging

Follow us on social media for Updates on COVID-19

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Learn more about COVID-19 in Local news

Local hospital continually refining coronavirus plans (WNKY)

Med Center Health expands Medical Center Urgentcare hours

First confirmed COVID-19 case at The Medical Center at Bowling Green

Med Center Health advances safety precautions in birthing center amid outbreak (WBKO March 18)

Medical Center at Bowling Green Preparedness Update (WKNY, March 18)

13 News Coronavirus Concerns Special (March 15, 2020)

WKYU-FM Interview with Infectious Disease Specialist Rebecca Shadowen, MD

March 10, 2020 Med Center Health COVID-19 Update news release

Med Center EMS prepared for coronavirus response (WBKO)

Daily News interview with Infectious Disease Specialist Rebecca Shadowen, MD

WBKO interview with Dr. Shadowen

Hospital expands screening (Daily News, March 7)