T.J. Regional Health spokesperson Stacey Biggs said there are currently 20 COVID patients at T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Barren County. Some of those are in the ICU and some on ventilators.
"We are not at a point where we would say we can’t take any more patients. We are not at that point,” said Biggs. “At the same time, our ICU is full, our emergency department is pretty full, as usual, and our COVID unit is pretty full, too.”
Biggs said only one of the 20 COVID patients is fully vaccinated.
One month ago, the hospital had only three patients with COVID.
There’s a similar increase of COVID patients being treated by Owensboro Health.
During the first week of July, the health care system had three hospitalized COVID patients.
Now 37 COVID patients are being treated at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Fourteen are in critical care, three on ventilators and 20 in the COVID unit. The health care system also has six patients with COVID at its Twin Lakes Hospital and two at its hospital in Muhlenberg County.
A spokesman for Owensboro Health said although the number of COVID patients has increased in the past two weeks, the hospitals in the system are still well under capacity.