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First Area COVID-19 Deaths Confirmed by Phoebe Sumter

Friday, March 27, 2020 @ 1:44 p.m. -

Americus, Ga. – As of noon Friday, these were all Phoebe Sumter-related COVID-19 test results:

  • Total Patients Tested at Phoebe Sumter – 184
  • Total Positive Results – 13
  • Total Positive Deaths – 2
  • Total Negative Results – 22
  • Total Patients Awaiting Results in Phoebe Sumter – 23
  • Total Other Patients Awaiting Results – 124

“We are saddened by the first deaths in our community from COVID-19. Unfortunately, this is a reminder of the seriousness of this public health crisis and the devastating impact it can have on some who contract the virus. We continue to treat a growing number of COVID-19 patients at Phoebe Sumter, including some who are critically ill.  We encourage everyone in our community to heed the advice of experts by staying at home as much as possible, avoiding close contact with others and washing your hands often. I am so proud of the hard work the Phoebe Sumter Family is doing to serve our community during this unprecedented and difficult time,” said Brandi Lunneborg, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.

Phoebe Sumter is providing testing to appropriate patients through a drive-through collection site and 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.

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