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Phoebe Reports COVID-19 Numbers

Friday, March 18, 2022 @ 12:21 p.m. -

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

  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 13
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 2
  • Total COVID-19 Patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 0
  • Total Inpatients Recovered – 4,263
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 456
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 124
  • Total Positive Deaths from Phoebe Worth – 1
  • Total Vaccines Administered – 79,212

Phoebe’s number of COVID-19 patients today represents a decrease of 92% since the omicron surge peak in late January and a 40% decrease in the last week.

“We are glad COVID-19 numbers continue to decline, and we will enjoy this springtime lull.  The unfortunate reality, however, is that the pandemic is not over,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System President & CEO.  “A highly contagious omicron subvariant is leading to a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases in China and much of Europe.  While not guaranteed, a similar increase in virus transmission could certainly occur in the US in the coming weeks.  As we closely monitor the spread of this variant, we encourage anyone who is not up to date on their COVID vaccines and boosters to get the shots they need to help minimize the impact of a potential surge,” Steiner added.

With a sharp decline in demand for monoclonal antibody therapy, Phoebe has closed its COVID-19 Advanced Care Clinic.  Phoebe opened the temporary clinic adjacent to its main hospital in September 2021 specifically to administer monoclonal antibody infusions there.  “We are still providing monoclonal antibody treatments in Albany, Americus and Sylvester.  With fewer people being diagnosed with COVID-19 and with greater availability of antiviral pills to treat those patients, we simply no longer need a standalone facility for monoclonal antibody therapy,” said Dianna Grant, MD, Phoebe Putney Health System Chief Medical Officer.  “In Albany, we are now administering those treatments in a COVID unit within the hospital.  Our processes at Phoebe Sumter and Phoebe Worth aren’t changing, and we have plenty of supply to meet demand for patients who need the infusion treatments.”

Since January 2021, Phoebe has administered monoclonal antibody treatments to nearly 4,900 COVID-19 patients throughout its health system.