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First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Sumter County


Friday, March 20, 2020 @ 3:58 p.m. -

Americus, Ga. – For the first time since the COVID-19 health emergency began, patients screened through Phoebe Sumter Medical Center have tested positive. Phoebe Sumter Medical Center reported two positive results Friday.

As of noon Friday, these were all Phoebe-related COVID-19 test results:

  • Total Patients Tested at Phoebe Sumter – 46
  • Total Positive Results – 2 (both are currently recovering at home)
  • Total Negative Results – 5
  • Total Patients Awaiting Results at Home – 30
  • Total Patients Awaiting Results in Another Hospital – 9

“We have been providing compassionate, quality care to potential COVID-19 patients since last week.  As we begin to get more results, we have received our first two positive cases.  Thankfully, those patients are recovering at home, but we know this health emergency will get worse before it gets better, and we are prepared.  We have the capacity, staff and supplies we need at this point, but we are urging people to follow the advice of the experts to avoid crowds and close contact with others to help minimize the spread of the virus,” said Brandi Lunneborg, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.

Phoebe Sumter is providing testing to appropriate patients through all its primary care clinics in Americus, Buena Vista and Ellaville, as well as for emergency patients in the its emergency center.

Anyone who wants to be screened to see if they need to be tested can call also call the Phoebe Coronavirus Hotline at 229-312-1919.

For updated COVID-19 information, visit www.phoebehealth.com/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov.