On Thursday, health officials at Baptist Health Madisonville issued an open message to the community, calling on individual action in the ongoing fight against COVID-19.
With the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases in Hopkins County, Baptist Health Madisonville says the time for action is now, as hospital beds continue to fill with those too ill to quarantine at home and care for themselves.
The hospital says that while it has made preparations for handling a surge of COVID-19 patients, "there is a limit."
"There may come a point when our hospital will be too full to treat all of you with the virus and those with other medical needs," the statement from Baptist Health Madisonville said. "We are not there yet, but we don’t want to come to that crossroad."
Health officials with Baptist Health Madisonville are asking members of the community to take more diligent action in the fight against the virus.
"Please, for the health and safety of yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors, wear a mask. Avoid gatherings — not just with strangers, but with extended family members," the statement urged. "Don’t stand or be near people who don’t live with you. Wash your hands often. With the holiday season here, please celebrate responsibly in a scaled-back fashion that limits the virus’s spread."
After the Hopkins County Health Department reported 24 new positive cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the county has seen a total of 2,144 total positive cases of the virus identified to date, alongside 74 total COVID-19 deaths.
You can see Thursday's full message from Baptist Health Madisonville here.