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Phoebe COVID-19 Numbers


Friday, September 3, 2021 @ 11:24 a.m. -

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

  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 138
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 31
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 3
  • Total Inpatients Recovered – 2,756
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 330
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 82
  • Total Vaccines Administered – 60,928

“Since we reached a high mark of 214 COVID-19 patients almost two weeks ago, our numbers have been on a slow but steady decline. We hope that means we are past our summer surge peak, but daily admissions remain high, and we know they could increase quickly. This current variant is so contagious, we could see additional rapid spread if people gather in large groups without taking precautions over the holiday weekend,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System President and CEO. “We have just ended one of our most challenging months of the entire pandemic. We set an admission record with 533 COVID patients, 57 of our COVID patients died, and our tireless and courageous care teams continue to do everything within their power – 24/7 – to help our patients recover. Please help us avoid a repeat of August by being cautious over the Labor Day weekend and by helping us encourage unvaccinated southwest Georgians to protect themselves and others by getting vaccinated,” Steiner added.

Phoebe continues to recommend monoclonal antibody infusion therapy for COVID-19 patients within 10 days of symptom onset and before severe symptoms develop. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given emergency use authorization for the treatment, and clinical studies have shown it is effective at preventing severe illness and hospitalization. Unfortunately, widespread misinformation about unproven and potentially dangerous treatments have led patients and families to demand those medications. 

“As we continue to battle COVID, we don’t need the added challenge of treating people who have unintentionally harmed themselves by taking medications that clearly have warnings against their use for COVID-19. This pandemic continues to present opportunities to improve our care plans, and our care teams constantly research and perform due diligence to ensure those plans are safe and effective. We must be responsible in our actions,” said Dianna Grant, MD, Phoebe Putney Health System Chief Medical Officer.

The primary medicine being requested is Ivermectin, a prescription medication approved by the FDA to treat certain infections caused by internal and external parasites. It is not authorized to treat COVID-19 or any other viral illness. Additionally, some people are acquiring versions of the medication designed to treat parasitic infections in livestock and using it in a misguided effort to treat COVID-19 in people. The CDC recently issued an emergency health advisory, warning about the dangers of misuse of this medication and encouraging physicians to educate patients about the risks of Ivermectin without a prescription. 

“We know some physicians in our region have prescribed Ivermectin for COVID patients, but the drug is not authorized for that use, and despite claims you may read on the internet, high-quality research thus far has not demonstrated effectiveness in treating COVID-19,” Dr. Grant said. “At Phoebe, we will continue to follow science and high-quality evidence, and we will not prescribe Ivermectin for treatment of COVID, unless ongoing or future research shows different results than past studies.”