Second COVID-19 patient identified in Warren County, 80-year-old woman

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Barren River District Health Department is investigating its second case of COVID-19 in a Warren County resident.

The patient is an 80-year-old female.

She is being treated at TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital, according to a written statement from the hospital.

“TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital has protocols in place to care for patients with infectious diseases, and we have been working diligently to ensure we are prepared for potential issues related to COVID-19,” the statement reads. “TriStar Greenview has been notified that we have a second patient who has tested positive for COVID-19. We are following infection prevention protocols for COVID-19 patients, including isolation, to help ensure the safety of our colleagues, patients and visitors, and we continue to work closely with the CDC and health department.”

Health officials are working with the Kentucky Department for Public Health to identify and contact all those who may have been exposed to the infected person, according to a release from the health department.

The first person infected here is a 73-year-old man.

These individuals will be monitored for fever and respiratory symptoms, according to the health department.

Dr. Matthew L. Hunt, Health Department Director, says, “With more labs on board for testing, we were prepared for the number of cases to rise. This increase reinforces the need to follow Governor Beshear’s recommendation for Kentuckians to avoid gatherings both large and small.”

The health department recommends to continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines.

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Practice social distancing by putting distance between yourself and other people.  This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using an EPA-registered household disinfectant.

For questions about COVID-19, call the State hotline at (800) 722-5725 or visit www.barrenriverhealth.org/covid-19-information or https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19.