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Western Kentucky Counties Planning Field Hospitals in Case Numbers Continue to Rise

A second wave of coronavirus has bluegrass officials and health experts concerned for what may happen to local hospitals.

Posted: Nov 10, 2020 5:36 PM

Our Kentucky hospitals continuing to feel the strain of the second surge of covid-19

With almost 100 new cases reported today in our largest Western Kentucky counties, Daviess and Henderson. Local leaders and health officials worrying about how this second surge will impacts our hospitals.

Governor Andy Beshear concerned that if this surge continues, Bluegrass hospitals could reach capacity in a matter of weeks.

“We’re not seeing right now what we need to fully sound the alarm that In a week our hospitals are going to be at capacity," said Beshear. "It would be at least several weeks.”

44News spoke with local hospitals in Kentucky including Owensboro Health in Daviess, and Baptist Health in Hopkins County, and both of those counties have field hospitals ready to go if cases worsen.

Dr. James Tidwell - VP of Population Health - Owensboro Health

“We made plans to help coordinate and staff kind of a field type hospital at our owensboro convention center," said Dr, James Tidwell, VP of population health at Owensboro Health. "Those plans were drawn up and are available if need be. Hopefully we won’t get to that point.”

But with more than 115 new cases added in Daviess County over the past two days, some worrying that this surge may not stop.

“The spread of the virus can potentially be exponential, and we may have already hit that flashpoint where we see the spread just continue to increase," said Tidwell."

But regardless of the rising numbers, Owensboro Health, Deaconess, and Baptist Health all say that currently, they have plenty of ICU beds and ventilators to handle a second surge in cases.

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