Testing and planning continues in Daviess Co. as number of coronavirus cases increase

Coronavirus Watch Kentucky

OWENSBORO, Ky. (WEHT) Daviess County, Kentucky is reporting the highest number of coronavirus cases in the Tri-State.

Hospitals and clinics are doing more testing and preparing for possibly more cases.

“We have testing kits to continue to keep going,” says Dr. Francis DuFrayne, Owensboro Health Chief Medical Officer. He also says 160 tests were done as of this afternoon. Dr. DuFrayne said one patient treated there is doing well. But testing is limited due to tight regulations.

“That’s why we’re using them judiciously just to say, ‘O.K. If we really think you have it, and you’re sick enough, we need to test.’ For a lot of people, if you’re 20 years old and otherwise doing well, and you have a few symptoms, we’re probably not going to test, until we get more supplies coming out of the federal government,” he said.

Green River District Health officials say they’re seeing some examples of community spread in the higher number of cases, but aren’t sure how widespread it is. Dr. DuFrayne says they have enough rooms to treat patients, and can change other hospital rooms for possible increase of cases, or even set up makeshift hospitals if needed.

“We can transform each room into whatever room we need. We are also in the process of starting to look at other potential sites within the region to say, if we really needed to, could we make a makeshift hospital or holding area,” he described.

Area agencies are getting financial help. The Audubon Area Community Care Clinic got more than $50,000 from the U.S. Department Of Health And Human Services to buy more testing supplies.

“We will be having patients come in to do the COVID-19 testing, and also we’ll be using the funding for more patient education and to be able to change our delivery methods by being able to use some telehealth services,” says Samantha Taylor-Kaai, clinic director. She also says the money will help since they face a shortage of protective equipment right now.

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(This story was originally published on March 24, 2020)

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