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Lincoln County resident hospitalized with COVID-19

STAFF REPORT

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center announced Monday afternoon that a Lincoln County resident has tested positive for COVID-19. According to the release, the patient tested positive at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville and is hospitalized there. EMH officials recently reported that no patients had been hospitalized locally for COVID-19 prior to this.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced in his daily news conference Monday evening that Kentucky had 87 new cases that day, for a total of 2,048 positive tests thus far in the commonwealth. There were seven new deaths reported Monday, and a total of 104 Kentuckians have died from the disease.

 

EMH takes precaution measures

Ephraim McDowell Health has taken specific steps for the protection of our patients and Associates.  No visitors are allowed at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center, Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital or Ephraim McDowell James B. Haggin Hospital.  There are some exceptions such as passing patients, patient sitters and those who are power of attorney or health care surrogates for a patient.

In another measure to protect patients, Ephraim McDowell is offering telehealth visits for patients at many of our specialty and primary care offices. Telehealth visits are possible through a computer, tablet or smartphone, allowing patients to stay at home and receive much of the medical attention that they could receive through a face-to-face visit.  Patients can use telehealth for follow-up visits, Medicare Wellness visits, refills, follow-up test results and new patient visits.

 

What if you have COVID-19 symptoms?

You can call (859) 936-8350 if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms or if you have a fever, sore throat or breathing difficulties.  A nurse answering the call will assess your symptoms and advise you of the stops you should follow.

That may include a visit to your primary care provider, a visit to your local emergency room or a visit to one of Ephraim McDowell’s four testing facilities.  The four testing facilities are Ephraim McDowell Walk-in & Primary Care (1541 Lebanon Road, Danville), Ephraim McDowell Haggin Primary Care (470 Linden Avenue, Suite 5, Harrodsburg), Immediate & Primary Care at Fort Logan Hospital (110 Metker Trail, Stanford), and Ephraim McDowell Springfield Family Medical Center (280 Lincoln Drive, Springfield).  Do not go to one of these testing facilities unless you are directed to by the Ephraim McDowell Call Center or an Ephraim McDowell health care provider.

For those with further questions about this illness, please call the Covid-19 Hotline at 1-800-722-5725, visit the Kentucky Covid-19 website at kycovid19.ky.gov or visit the Centers for Disease Control website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.