Danville hospital at 95% capacity in recent sickness spike

DANVILLE, Ky. (WKYT)- With sickness more prevalent during this time of year, the Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville says they are nearing capacity but won't turn anyone away.

Hospital administrators said they were treating about 140 patients as of Wednesday morning. They said they have a capacity around 150.

A spokesperson said the hospital has been staying about 95 percent full with the recent outbreaks of flu-related illnesses and other sickness.

Hospital leaders said although they are nearing capacity, they will not turn anybody away because of space.

Hospital leaders are urging their employees and community members to do what they can to stay healthy.

Administrators said one of the biggest challenges is keeping hospital staff healthy.

"We work with our folks, and we mask them and we glove them, and we keep them protected as much as we can also," said Mark Milner, the hospital's chief nursing officer. "And if they're sick, we don't want them here. We make certain they stay away until they're well, because we don't want them to create any issues also."

The hospital has hand sanitizer and masks at its entrances. They encourage folks coming there to use them to help stop the spread of germs.

Medical professionals also urge folks to wash their hands often and stay away from people that might have the flu. They encourage people who are already sick to stay away from other people, as well, and to wear a mask.

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