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

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 Friday that 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.

I just spoke with Med Center Health ER Medical Director Dr. William Moss. Currently, the hospital is:

- At full capacity

- The ICU is full

- All beds are full

- The ER waiting room is "constantly full"

- Of COVID patients in the ER, 90% are unvaccinated— John Reecer (@JReecerBGDN) August 13, 2021

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 WNKY that 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.
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