COVID-19: For the latest information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bowling Green, visit our Coronavirus Response page.

For questions and the latest updates, please use Kentucky’s COVID-19 Hotline @ 1-800-722-5725 or visit www.kycovid19.ky.gov
Information on cases per county can be found daily at https://www.barrenriverhealth.org/press-releases

Coronavirus Response

We will be updating this page whenever we have new information about the coronavirus in Bowling Green and Warren County. Scroll down for older information.

Thursdayy, May 28

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,523 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District 680 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 989 positive cases of COVID-19 (490 of which have recovered).

Wednesday, May 27

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,488 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District 631 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 963 positive cases of COVID-19 (455 of which have recovered).

Tuesday, May 26

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,464 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District 603 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 950 positive cases of COVID-19 (430 of which have recovered).

Friday, May 22

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,399 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (509 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 817 positive cases of COVID-19 (363 of which have recovered).

Thursday, May 21

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,356 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (478 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 879 positive cases of COVID-19 (340 of which have recovered).

Tuesday, May 19

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,260 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (464 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 818 positive cases of COVID-19 (330 of which have recovered).

Monday, May 18

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,219 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (437 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 785 positive cases of COVID-19 (305 of which have recovered).

Friday, May 15

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,116 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (395 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 701 positive cases of COVID-19 (276 of which have recovered).

Thursday, May 14

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,071 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (375 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 677 positive cases of COVID-19 (261 of which have recovered)

Wednesday, May 13

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating1,021 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (334 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 631 positive cases of COVID-19 (236 of which have recovered)

Tuesday, May 12

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 978 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (285 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 596 positive cases of COVID-19 (195 of which have recovered)

Frequently Asked Questions - Second Round

1. How much of our increase in positive COVID-19 cases is within employees of a few local manufacturing/meat processing facilities?

If these are clusters associated with particular industries, is anyone enforcing healthy, humane work environments?
Regional manufacturing clusters have contributed to some of the recent increased numbers of positive cases. The health department is involved in conducting case investigations and contact tracing within these facilities. The health department is also involved in educating and informing the manufacturing facilities of the KY Department for Public Health and CDC guidelines. The KY Division of Labor is involved in oversight of enforcing healthy work environments and have been actively engaged in closures and reopening plan qualifications for individual businesses.

Keep in mind numbers of cases are directly dependent on the behavior of our community members as businesses and churches reopen. Our expectation is that EVERYONE will adopt general mask or face coverings while in public, social distance and be very careful for hand hygiene. Disinfecting common use surfaces is also a significant step in preventing transmission of this virus. Increases and decreases are under the direct control of every person and their acceptance or compliance with preventing spread.

2. Is the increase in positive COVID-19 cases associated with any local long-term care facilities?

Following the trends across the state, clusters at long-term care facilities have increased reporting at the local and regional levels.

3. Are employers required to report outbreaks among their employees?

Employers should report outbreaks to public health.

4. Do you know Warren County’s per capita COVID-19 rate and how we stack up against other urban KY areas?

Part of the purpose of increased testing in the general population is to find out more accurate numbers of those infected. We know by the rate of hospitalizations that we have increasing cases. On a per 100,000 based population, we have approximately twice the number of cases that Fayette county has and 2/3 the number of cases Louisville has. However, we cannot be very accurate until we have the final numbers of those individuals who are positive but asymptomatic from all the general testing that is currently in progress.

5. Where are the COVID-19 positive “hot spots”? Why aren’t local leaders addressing the public daily?

Additional testing is being offered across our community to help identify patients with the virus and allow public health to notify those that may be affected. Results of testing also identify where resources and education may be needed to help prevent virus spread. Local leaders are actively answering the questions with the media and through social media and email every single day.

6. How many COVID-19 patients are hospitalized locally?

Numbers vary day to day, but there are currently between 35 and 40 COVID-19 patients hospitalized in Warren County with an additional 4 to 6 persons under investigation (PUIs). Patients in Warren County hospitals may be from other counties in the area.

7. Is someone enforcing the “one person per family” rule in stores?

The health department is involved in educating and informing the general public of the KY Department for Public Health and CDC guidelines related to shopping at stores. Retail establishments are responsible for monitoring the volume of customers in their respective businesses as they begin re-opening.

8. As businesses look to reopen while abiding by the new state guidance, how can they procure the necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) required for a safe reopening?

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce has created as part of their COVID response resources for businesses a Personal Protection Equipment page on their web site. Businesses can find local options to procure the needed PPE and providers of PPE can list what equipment they have available for purchase. This resource is free of charge to all businesses. You can find the information on https://www.bgchambercovid.com/ppe-equipment.

9. Will there be assistance with sign-ups and translation services for the new testing sites that were just announced?

Yes. The international center has worked to have as many onsite interpreters as possible, anticipating certain languages. However, with all the various nationalities within our international community, we may have languages where the communication may require a phone in translation.

10. How long is it safe for employees to wear masks? Doesn’t carbon dioxide build up in the mask increasing the risk of passing out, especially in hot weather or hot working environments?

Studies clearly show that there is no risk of significant carbon dioxide build up inside a surgical or cloth face mask. These masks are not (and do not need to be) tight fitting. They are intended to catch our own secretions or aerosols from our nose or mouth. This decreases the chance of spreading the virus to others. An N-95 mask, used by healthcare workers, can have some non-harmful retention of carbon dioxide if heavy labor is done during extended wear. Removal of the N95 mask is done at 2-4 hours of continuous wear in most cases due to comfort, not due to any ill effects. The use of a surgical, ear loop or cloth mask is not considered a concern.

Monday, May 11

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 925 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (285 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 577 positive cases of COVID-19 (195 of which have recovered)

Friday, May 8

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 801 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (245 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 507 positive cases of COVID-19 (161 of which have recovered)
  • To date, The Barren River District Health Department has made 1,433 contacts through tracing.

Thursday, May 7

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 764 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (210 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 492 positive cases of COVID-19 (131 of which have recovered).

Wednesday, May 6

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 724 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (184 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 470 positive cases of COVID-19 (111 of which have recovered).

Tuesday, May 5

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 658 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (153 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 426 positive cases of COVID-19 (85 of which have recovered).

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How many of the confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Warren County have been hospitalized?

Since the first case was identified on March 18, 2020, 102 patients have been hospitalized in Warren County hospitals. It is important to remember that patients do not have to be “from” Warren County to be admitted to The Medical Center at Bowling Green or Tristar Greenview Regional Hospital.

2. What is our total hospital inpatient capacity in Warren County during this pandemic?

Our community has a capacity of over 650 inpatient beds. Currently, at least 50% of these beds are available should our community experience a sharp increase in COVID-19 positive patients that need hospital care.

3. What does the number of positive COVID-19 cases curve look like for Warren County? Is it going up or down?

The number of positive cases are rising in the community in Warren and surrounding counties. This is a direct indicator of both increased testing numbers and our population behavior over the past 2 weeks. Specifically, it tells us that our community is becoming less strict about social distancing, general face covering in public, hand hygiene and surface disinfection. It means that EVERYONE needs to be diligent about these practices. It is advisable to wear a face covering anytime we are out in public.

4. What is our current hospitalization rate for Warren County?

The current hospitalization rate varies every day. We have had increases in the number of cases admitted. It is important to understand that hospitalization only indicates severe disease, or symptoms that cannot be managed at home. It is a small fraction of the number of actual cases present at any point in time. That number is estimated to be less than 14% of total cases in any community.

5. Is our local health department doing contact tracing, or is that the state's responsibility?

The Barren River District Health Department is responsible for case investigations and contract tracing related to COVID. Once we receive a lab report and a case is deemed to be positive, Barren River District Health Department Communicable Disease staff conduct a case investigation. As it relates to a positive case, we must receive the lab report before confirming a positive case. A case investigation includes a phone interview which covers in excess of 10 pages of information that we gain from the individual. We gather information about anyone who has been in contact with the positive case over the past two weeks. This is referred to as contact tracing. Think of it as wheel with a hub being the case and the spokes being the contacts. Anyone who is a direct contact with the positive case (meaning they have had extended contact with the person) will be notified directly by a member of the Communicable Disease staff from the health department.

6. Are local authorities involved in enforcing social distancing and use of masks in businesses?

The Barren River District Health Department is charged with the task of educating and informing the public about social distancing and the use of masks.

7. Do we expect increases in positive COVID-19 tests with the reopening of businesses and churches?

Our numbers of cases are directly dependent on the behavior of our community members as businesses and churches reopen. There is a delay of approximately 2-3 weeks in the effect of our social distancing activities due to the delay of onset of symptoms, what we call the incubation period for the infection. Our expectation is that EVERYONE will adopt general mask or face coverings while in public, social distance and be very careful for hand hygiene. Disinfecting common use surfaces is also a significant step in preventing transmission of this virus. Increases and decreases are under the direct control of every person and their acceptance or compliance with preventing spread. As we open our society, these measures and responsibilities are even more important. Until we have effective treatment AND a vaccine to administer, we must continue to be "Healthy at Home and Healthy at Work". Social distancing, face masks/coverings, hand hygiene and surface cleaning are all necessary…stay the course.

Monday, May 4

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 640 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (134 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 419 positive cases of COVID-19 (72 of which have recovered).
  • Additional testing sites in will be posted this week including the International Center, Parker Bennett Elementary, and SKYCTC.

Friday, May 1

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 553 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (118 of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 352 positive cases of COVID-19 (59 of which have recovered).

Thursday, April 30

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 529 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (118of which have recovered).
  • Warren County currently has 335 positive cases of COVID-19 (59 of which have recovered).
  • More information about the May 11, Phase II re-opening will be announced as it is available.
  • The Barren River Health Department is in charge of tracing all positive cases in our area. Their COVID-19 Information Hotline is 270-781-8039.

Wednesday, April 29

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 500 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (109 of which have recovered).
  • The BGWC Coronavirus Workgroup encourages folks to seek healthcare services when you need them. Please don’t delay.
  • The BGWC Coronavirus Workgroup encourages everyone to wear a mask effective immediately if out in public.
  • See the attached 10 rules for re-opening WHEN businesses are given the green light.

Tuesday, April 28

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 448 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (93 of which have recovered).
  • Governor Beshear is recommending all Kentuckians wear a face mask when out in public starting May 11.

Monday, April 27

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 404 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (93 of which have recovered).
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky / Kroger Testing will be available Tuesday (April 28) - Thursday (April 30) from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm in Bowling Green @ South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Rd. If you would like to be tested for COVID-19, please register at https://www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing. Registration information for the expanded schedule will be announced soon.
  • Today, April 27, non-urgent / emergent healthcare services, diagnostic radiology / lab services opened in hospital outpatient settings, healthcare clinics / medical offices, physical therapy & chiropractic offices, optometrists & dental offices. Please wear a mask to appointments.
  • Please continue to practice social distancing at all times when possible and stay healthy at home unless you need to be out in public.

Friday, April 24

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 344 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (78 of which have recovered).
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky/Kroger Testing will be available Tuesday (April 28) - Thursday (April 30) from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm in BowlingGreen @ South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Rd. If you would like to be tested for COVID-19, please register at https://www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing.
  • The BGWC Coronavirus Workgroup wants to remind the public to please seek care for medical necessities, injuries & infections. It is SAFE to seek care in an emergency room or be an inpatient in a hospital if you have cause. COVID-19 patients are separated from all other patients.
  • Please note that per the Governor, on April 27, Phase I Healthcare Service re-opening will begin. Non-urgent / emergent health care services, diagnostic radiology and lab services in outpatient settings, clinics, medical offices, physical therapy, chiropractic offices, optometrists and dental offices will resume.

Thursday, April 23

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 307 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (64 of which have recovered).
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky/Kroger Testing will be available Tuesday (April 28) - Thursday (April 30) from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm in BowlingGreen @ South Warren High School, 8140 Nashville Rd. If you would like to be tested for COVID-19, please register at https://www.thelittleclinic.com/drivethru-testing.

Wednesday, April 22

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 276 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (59of which have recovered).

Tuesday, April 21

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 248 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (58 of which have recovered).
  • Bowling Green Independent Schools & Warren County Public Schools have canceled in-person classes for the remainder of the year.
  • The BGWC Coronavirus Workgroup wants to remind the public to please seek care for medical necessities, injuries & infections. It is SAFE to seek care in an emergency room or be an inpatient in a hospital if you have cause. COVID-19 patients are separated from all other patients.

Monday, April 20

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 216 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (53 of which have recovered).
  • Visit https://govstatus.egov.com/kycovid19 for a state-wide COVID-19 Dashboard..
  • The BGWC Coronavirus Workgroup wants to remind the public to please seek care for medical necessities, injuries & infections. It is SAFE to seek care in an emergency room or be an inpatient in a hospital, if you have cause. COVID-19 patients are separated from the all other patients.

Friday, April 17

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 184 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (38 of which have recovered)

Thursday, April 16

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 162 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (36 of which have recovered)
  • As you are aware federal & state officials around the country are reviewing options to safely reopen our economy. Your BGWCCoronavirus Workgroup is working towards that as well. Our top priority is the health, safety & well-being of the communities we jointly serve. We will collaborate with federal and state officials to bring our economy back from this COVID-19 pandemic

Wednesday, April 15

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 154 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (31 of which have recovered)

  • Donors are currently needed for the COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Program. Please visit www.redcrossblood.org/plasma4covid for more information.

  • Please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhFKKE7sNng for a video from Dr. Shadowen regarding COVID-19.

Tuesday, April 14

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 136 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (31 of which have recovered)

Monday, April 13

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 128 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (31 of which have recovered)
  • For a guide to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care regarding COVID-19, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html or go to cdc.gov and click on the Coronavirus link and scroll to self-checker.

Friday, April 10

Thursday, April 9

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 75 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (20 of which have recovered)
  • Per the Governor’s orders, only one adult per household may shop for essential items at open stores..

Wednesday, April 8

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 68 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (17 of which have recovered)
  • As warmer weather approaches, we must remember to practice social distancing at all times in order to slow the spread of the virus. Please avoid stores and crowds if at all possible.

Tuesday, April 7

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 61 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (14 of which have recovered)
  • The CDC is recommending the use of cloth face coverings to the public when social distancing is not an option (i.e. grocery store etc. This is NOT the same as a medical face mask. Visit https://www.cdc.gov/…/prevent-getting…/cloth-face-cover.html for cloth face covering details.
  • With Easter Sunday approaching on April 12, the Coronavirus Workgroup maintains that social distancing is the best practice. If social distancing is not possible, please wear a cloth face covering as recommended by the CDC.

Monday, April 6

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 52 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District (14 of which have recovered)
  • WKU Geography staff and students, the City of Bowling Green, Warren County government and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, with additional assistance provided as needed by BGCAN (Bowling Green Coalition of Active Neighborhoods) board members are helping residents and businesses come together to support those in need during the COVID-19 Pandemic. If you are a senior or high risk person in need of assistance or if you are a business or individual volunteer who wishes to be connected with someone in need, visit http://www.warrencountyky.gov/covid19.php to sign up today.

Friday, April 3

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 42 positive cases of COVID-19 (6 of which have recovered)
  • Living Hope Baptist Church has a crisis phone line available to first responders as well as the community at large for those dealing with isolation/depression/etc: 270-779-1960

Thursday, April 2

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 40 positive cases of COVID-19 (6 of which have recovered).

Wednesday, April 1

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 39 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River district (6 of which have recovered).
  • According Governor Beshear, all out of state travel is restricted with the exception of groceries, care for loved ones, health care travel, and travel required by court order.

Tuesday, March 31

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 32 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River district (6 of which have recovered).
  • Local business can visit https://www.bgchambercovid.com for local business, health and education information..

Monday, March 30

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 29 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Barren River District.

Friday, March 27

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 20 cases of COVID-19 (12- Warren, 6-Simpson, 2 - Logan).

  • Barren River District Health Department has established a local COVID-19 Information Line – 270-781-8039.

  • City and County parks both remain closed.

Thursday, March 26

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 15 cases of COVID-19 (10- Warren, 4-Simpson, 1-Logan).
  • There have been 3,300 tests conducted in the state of KY with 198 positive results.
  • Bowling Green Independent School District will still deliver meals to students next week during their spring break (3/30 - 4/3).

Wednesday, March 25

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 14 cases of COVID-19 (9- Warren, 4-Simpson, 1-Logan).
  • Barren River District Health Department has established a local COVID-19 Hotline: 270-781-8039.
  • Increased Law Enforcement rounds/visibility has started on hospital campuses.
  • Southern KY Community & Technical College will complete the 2020 spring semester via online classroom instruction.

Tuesday, March 24

  • Barren River District Health Department is investigating 10 cases of COVID-19 (6- Warren, 3-Simpson, 1-Logan).
  • Starting Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 8 am, Medical Center Urgentcare will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week until further notice.
  • Med Center Health has increased their critical care bed capacity by designating their D Tower to specifically care for COVID-19 patients.
  • To align with the Federal guidelines, the City of Bowling Green is extending the Net Profit Return filing deadline to July 15, 2020. Please see the attached Letter & Executive Order for more information.

Monday, March 23

  • To date, we have five (5) positive cases of COVID-19 locally (please note that this number can change minute by minute).
  • American Red Cross is hosting a community blood drive on Friday, March 27 from 1 pm to 5 pm at the Medical Center-WKU Health Science Complex.
  • Local testing is based on CDC guidelines.
  • For those who need more information on unemployment relating to the Coronavirus, please see the attached image or view the website http://www.kewes.ky.gov
  • Requirements for businesses to obtain permits for temporary signs on their premises are suspended until further notice in the City of Bowling Green.

Friday, March 20

  • To date, we have three (3) positive cases of COVID-19locally (please note that this number can change minute by minute).
  • Warren County Emergency Management is working with officials in Frankfort to explore the future establishment of a community testing site.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a type of virus that causes diseases of varying severities, ranging from the common cold to more serious respiratory disease.

What you need to know

To help keep the risk to the general public low, social distancing is recommended. At this time, it is recommended all public events be canceled or postponed. Social distancing helps slow down the instances of spread among the community and helps prevent overwhelming the resources of our health care system.

At this time, everyone is encouraged to take precautions. Wash your hands, stay home if you're sick, avoid contact with sick people and avoid public group events.

People over the age of 60 who have underlying conditions, including those under the age of 60 with underlying conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, kidney disease, and liver disease should avoid public gatherings. Nursing homes, long term care facilities, and assisted living facilities should restrict visitation. Per Governor Beshear’s recommendations, avoid flying and cruises if you are over the age of 60.

What is the City of Bowling Green doing?

At the urging of Governor Andy Beshear, Mayor Bruce Wilkerson has declared a state of emergency, which gains the City access to additional resources if needed.

Effective March 19, 2020, the City of Bowling Green has closed its doors to the public until further notice. However, all City office are open and available for business via online and phone communications. Contact information has been posted on the outside of each City building during this time. Citizens will still be able to call 270-393-3000 during normal business hours for direction and assistance.

Public Safety will continue to operate as normal.

What are the symptoms?

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing

How is it spread?

  • Through coughing and sneezing
  • Close contact between people such as touching and shaking hands
  • Touching an object or surface with the virus on it, then touching your mouth, nose, or eyes before washing your hands

What can I do?

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and hot water, or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when handwashing isn’t feasible.
  • Practice social distancing.
  • Stay home when you’re sick.
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
  • Avoid close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Get your annual flu shot.
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