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Phoebe Updates COVID-19 Numbers

Friday, September 17, 2021 @ 11:41 a.m. -

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

  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 101
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 27
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 5
  • Total Inpatients Recovered – 2,940
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 351
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 88
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Worth – 1
  • Total Vaccines Administered – 62,198

“We only had one COVID admission in our health system yesterday.  That hasn’t happened since mid-July, before the latest surge began.  That is certainly a positive indication that transmission of the delta variant is slowing down, but our patient volume remains high and our critical care resources remain stretched.  Additionally, we know the longer the virus sticks around, the greater the chances that another dangerous variant will take hold,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System President and CEO.

The overwhelming majority of hospitalized COVID patients are unvaccinated.  “Let’s be clear,” Steiner said.  “When you choose to remain unvaccinated, you are much more likely to get sick, to pass the virus on to others, to be hospitalized and to die.  If you’re looking for a way to support our tireless healthcare heroes, the best thing you can do is to roll up your sleeve and get the shot and encourage your loved ones to do the same.”

An increase in demand for monoclonal antibody treatment throughout Georgia, along with a change in the way the medication is distributed, has made it more challenging to receive ample shipments of the medication.  Some hospitals in the region have had to pause their treatment because of supply issues.  “Right now, Phoebe still has a supply of monoclonal antibody medications, and we are not scaling back administration of the therapy.  Obviously, that could change based on supply,” said Dianna Grant, MD, Phoebe Putney Health System Chief Medical Officer.

Currently, Phoebe is offering this treatment at all four of its hospital campuses to COVID patients early in the course of their illness who have not yet developed severe symptoms.  “It continues to be tremendously effective at preventing hospitalizations in those patients, and we hope we can continue to get regular shipments of the medicine, so we can continue to provide this treatment at the same level we have been during this current surge,” Dr. Grant said.

To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, or to inquire about monoclonal antibody therapy, southwest Georgians can call 229-312-MYMD.  If a scheduler is not able to speak with you when you call, you can leave a message and receive a return phone call within 24 hours.