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Some Hospitals in Southern Kentucky, Northern Tennessee Are At, Or Nearing, Capacity As COVID Surges

The Medical Center at Bowling Green

Hospitals in southern Kentucky are among the increasing number of health care facilities being inundated with COVID patients.

Gov. Andy Beshear said Thursday during a news conference that more and more hospitals across the state are at—or quickly reaching—capacity. Evidence of that is being seen in south-central Kentucky, with the head of emergency medicine at Med Center Health in Bowling Green telling media outlets Fridaythat his hospital has a full ICU, as well as a constantly full waiting area outside the emergency room.

Dr. William Moss said at least 90% of the COVID patients in his emergency room are unvaccinated, and that the number of people on ventilators was up to 11 as of Friday morning.

WKU Public Radio requested information from Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital in Bowling Green about the number of COVID patients being treated at that facility, but no response was made as of late Friday afternoon. 

TJ Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow told WNKYthat they’re currently treating 28 COVID patients, 26 of whom are not vaccinated. Four of those COVID patients are currently in the ICU.

Just to Kentucky’s south, Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, Tennessee, says its 167-bed facility is full. Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville reports a full emergency room and adult hospital.

The award-winning news team at WKU Public Radio consists of Dan Modlin, Kevin Willis, Lisa Autry, and Joe Corcoran.
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