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

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.

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 Governear 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 Distric (6 of which have recovered).
  • Local business can visit 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
  • 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-19 locally (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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