Local Hospitals Concerned About Becoming Overwhelmed Due to Delta Surge

Currently, Owensboro Health says they are in good shape when it comes to critical hospital equipment like ICU beds and ventilators, but doctors at the hospital are worried that may not be the case for much longer.

Posted: Aug 17, 2021 6:44 PM

Curretnly, Owensboro Health says they are in good shape when it comes to critical hospital equipment like ICU beds and ventilators, but doctors at the hospital are worried that may not be the case for much longer.

There are currently more than 35 COVID-19 hospitalized patients at Owensboro Health, a number that continues to increase as the Delta variant grows stronger.

The Green River District Health Department reported 224 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths in Daviess County on Tuesday. A staggering set of numbers that continues to grow, but, so far, these growing numbers haven’t put too much of a strain on Owensboro Health.

“Given that we’ve had time to re-supply, we’re actually doing okay," said Dr. Francis DuFrayne, the chief medical officer at Owensboro Health.

DuFrayne says the real strain is hitting his employees who are fatigued and overwhelmed, and with covid numbers continuing to grow, DuFryane sees supply issues with ventilators and ICU beds as a real possibility in the future.

“Could we really be overwhelmed," asked Dr. Durayne. "Yes. We have a lot of public events recently, and a lot of gathering, and we’re fully anticipating in two weeks or so the numbers going back up, so we’re really keeping a close eye on that.”

And a former employee of Owensboro Health, who left after dealing with covid patients for almost a year, says potential supply shortages are concerning.

“Working there for 4-5 years, I saw a lot of ups and down, so it kind of worries me," said Landan Jones.

DuyFrayne says the biggest challenge is getting people in the area to take this surge as seriously as the first few.

And tomorrow, Owensboro health will be offering their first booster shots to the immuno-compromised. Visit Owensborohealth.org if you are qualified and want to sign up.

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