Owensboro Health has created a 24/7 coronavirus hotline: 877-888-6647.

Who should call that number?

• Regional residents who recently traveled internationally or have been exposed to the virus and now have COVID-19 symptoms, which are fever, cough and shortness of breath.

• Anyone with those symptoms should call the hotline, especially if they suffer from lung or heart disease or immunosuppression.

• Call the hotline before going to an urgent care clinic or hospital emergency department.

• Triage nurses answer hotline calls and will ask callers questions to determine what steps are appropriate.

• OH has two drive-up sites for COVID-19 testing. Everyone cannot be tested at this time because it would overwhelm medical resources and state testing labs. OH is following federal guidelines for determining who will be tested.

• State lab results take up to 48 hours. Commercial labs take up to four days.Renee Beasley Jones, 270-228-2835, rbeasleyjones@messenger-inquirer.com

Renee Beasley Jones, 270-228-2835, rbeasleyjones@messenger-inquirer.com

Renee Beasley Jones, 270-228-2835, rbeasleyjones@messenger-inquirer.com

Renee Beasley Jones, 270-228-2835, rbeasleyjones@messenger-inquirer.com

Renee Beasley Jones, 270-228-2835, rbeasleyjones@messenger-inquirer.com

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