Daviess Co. colleges offering dorm rooms to first responders

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Some Daviess County first responders are heading back to college, but it’s to keep others safe.

They’re moving into dorms at Kentucky Wesleyan College and Brescia University to help cut down on possible Coronavirus cases.

They respond to emergencies, keeping everyone and themselves safe.Some first responders are moving on campus to keep their loved ones and others safe from Coronavirus.

“Nobody wants to be responsible for getting someone else sick. We understand there are certain risks to the job,” says Chief James Howard of the Owensboro Fire Dept.

Brescia and Kentucky Wesleyan officials say eight first responders have or will move to dorms and apartments on their campuses and others have applied. Four Brescia halls and a KWC apartment building will be used.

“It’s a place to be able to rest and rest peacefully, knowing they are being able to keep their families safe,” says Eddie Kenny of Kentucky Wesleyan College.

“The idea is to provide them a place to stay especially while we’re in the surge in the uptick in cases, so they’re not risking spreading it even further to their family, or their friends and family,” adds Josh Clary, V.P. of Student Affairs for Brescia University. Clary says he first learned of the idea after speaking with a friend who worked at a college in New York City, where that place was asked to lend out some of their dorm rooms to help that city battle the pandemic.

There, Governor Cuomo, commandeered their residence halls and are using it for patients. Our halls aren’t really set for that and we have smaller facilities,” he said.

College officials say Owensboro firefighters and Owensboro Health medical professionals are among those using, or plan to use the rooms. Clary says some first responders are reserving rooms now in preparation for a possible surge in cases in the future.

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(This story was originally published on April 15, 2020)

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