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Phoebe Surpasses Winter COVID Peak And Recommends Vaccinations for Pregnant Women


Friday, August 13, 2021 @ 12:27 p.m. -

Albany, Ga. – As of noon Friday, these were Phoebe’s COVID-19 numbers:

  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 113
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 19
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 1
  • Total Inpatients Recovered – 2,516
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 279
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 71
  • Total Vaccines Administered – 58,802

“Today, we are caring for 133 patients in our COVID-19 units, and five of our COVID patients died in the week.  Yesterday, we officially exceeded our peak from the last major surge over the winter, meaning we had our highest number of COVID-19 inpatients since April 2020 when Albany was one of the worst pandemic hotspots in the world,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System President and CEO.  “I can’t comprehend why – after fighting this war for 18 months, with people still dying and with critically ill patients filling our COVID units – we’re still having to work to convince people of the seriousness of what our tireless teams are dealing with every day.  If only the deniers and the doubters could spend a shift working alongside one of our ICU nurses or respiratory therapists.  Maybe then, they would believe.  You want to show your support for healthcare heroes and do something good for our community?  Get a vaccine and put on a mask,” Steiner added.

Recently, south Georgia hospitals have found it necessary to perform emergency c-sections on a number of women critically ill with COVID-19, to give them and their infants the best chance of survival.  This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended that pregnant women be vaccinated against COVID-19.  “There is no evidence that COVID vaccines are dangerous for most pregnant women or their babies.  There is ample evidence showing how dangerous COVID is to them.  Pregnant patients with COVID infection are suffering with more severe disease and more life-threatening complications during this delta variant surge and we urge them – and all eligible Georgians – to get vaccinated,” said William Sewell, MD, Phoebe Putney Health System Medical Director of Women & Children’s Services.

Also, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized an additional dose of the Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for certain people with compromised immune systems.  Phoebe has ordered additional vaccine supply and is making plans to begin offering those booster shots to eligible individuals, while awaiting further guidance from the FDA and CDC.

Southwest Georgians can schedule vaccination appointments at Phoebe clinics most convenient for them by calling 229-312-MYMD.  A list of Phoebe’s upcoming mobile wellness clinic vaccination events, where appointments are not required, is available at www.phoebehealth.com/mobile-wellness.

Phoebe has also increased its capacity to provide monoclonal antibody infusion treatments.  “We have had extraordinary success with this treatment.  When patients get the therapy soon after their diagnosis before severe symptoms begin, it almost always prevents hospitalization,” said Dianna Grant, MD, Phoebe Putney Health System Chief Medical Officer.

Patients diagnosed with COVID-19 should discuss monoclonal antibody infusion therapy with their physician as soon as that diagnosis is confirmed, so the physician can refer the patient for the treatment, if appropriate.