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Phoebe Updates COVID-19 Numbers

Thursday, December 30, 2021 @ 11:15 a.m. -

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

  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 35
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 11
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 1
  • Total Inpatients Recovered – 3,475
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 393
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 105
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Worth – 1
  • Total Vaccines Administered – 76,880

The number of COVID-19 patients being cared for in Phoebe hospitals has increased 161% in the last two weeks, and Phoebe is seeing significant increases in demand for COVID testing and the positivity rate of those test results.

“The COVID surge we have been expecting and warning about is here.  Yesterday, the state smashed its one-day record of confirmed new COVID cases.  We cannot ignore this significant increase in the spread of the virus.  We need everyone to be smart and cautious, particularly as we enter another holiday weekend,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System President & CEO.  “Please avoid large gatherings and wear your mask when you’re inside and around anyone outside of your own household.”

Even if illness from the Omicron variant is generally not as severe as with other variants, serious illness is still possible, especially among those who are not vaccinated.  Phoebe Putney Health System Chief Medical Officer Dr. Dianna Grant says everyone should take every precaution to avoid infection.  “Even if hospitalization isn’t required, those who contract Omicron will have to miss work or school.  They risk infecting people who may be at higher risk of serious illness, and they could suffer long-term consequences from COVID,” Dr. Grant said.  “We continue to care for people suffering COVID effects long after their initial illness, and right now we simply do not know what long-lasting impacts the Omicron variant may have.  Do not take this extremely contagious variant lightly.  Please protect yourself,” she added.

Free COVID-19 tests are offered through county health departments and at many pharmacies.  Public Health testing information is available at  Phoebe is offering limited COVID testing at its urgent care and primary care clinics by appointment with an associated visit fee, as those clinics focus on caring for rapidly increasing numbers of patients suffering with COVID symptoms.

“Once again, this pandemic is taxing and testing the Phoebe Family, but our inpatient, outpatient and emergency teams are here for our communities.  This is what we do.” Steiner said.  “I am proud of our healthcare heroes, and I know we will overcome these latest challenges."