Warren Co. Coroner reports 100 less deaths from 2022-2021; Why?

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – The Warren County Coroner’s Office is glad to report a significant decrease in their numbers from 2021 to 2022.

The county dropped from 1085 deaths in 2021 to 985 deaths in 2022, totaling 100 less deaths in the calendar year

Warren County Coroner Kevin Kirby said, “We’re so proud to see that happening. Our community has had a rough couple of years with Covid and the tornado that we had. We’re glad we’re seeing those numbers go down.”

The report shows a decrease in both suicides and overdose deaths.

Kirby says many of these numbers lessened as we came out of the height of the pandemic.

“We had a lot of Covid deaths in our community, and those have dropped considerably. We’re glad to see that. Hopefully, we’re over that, and we’ll get through this new strain that they’re talking about without any problems.”

Kirby says his funeral home no longer needs the emergency refrigerator formerly used to store bodies in the height of Covid deaths.

“It was so imperative that we had that during the 2021 year because of the storms that we had,” he said. “If we haven’t had that, I don’t know what we would’ve done. But, we have not had to use it since then. It is here and available. God forbid we ever have to use it again.”

Neighboring hospitals are feeling the relief of the lowering death tolls as well.

T.J. Regional Health Inpatient Coordinator Whitney Isenberg, RN BSN, said, “We’re actually kind of waking up again from a fog that we were in. Honestly, if you think about it, we became zombies. We were just coming in every day and making sure that we did everything we could do so that our patients lived. Now it’s not like that. We actually get to take care of our patients again to see them succeed and walk outside of the hospital, so it’s a completely different atmosphere.”

Everyone agrees this is a change for the better that they hope to see reflected in 2023.