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Friday, March 20, 2020 - Coronavirus Updates...

First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Worth County  |  @3:58 p.m.

Sylvester, Ga. – For the first time since the COVID-19 health emergency began, a person in Worth County has tested positive for the virus. Phoebe Worth Medical Center reported the positive result Friday.

As of noon Friday, these were all Phoebe-related COVID-19 test results:

  • Total Patients Tested at Phoebe Worth – 16
  • Total Positive Results – 1 (currently being treated at Phoebe Worth)
  • Total Negative Results – 4
  • Total Patients Awaiting Results at Home – 10
  • Total Patients Awaiting Results in Another Hospital – 1

“We knew it was a matter of time before coronavirus was confirmed in our community, and we have been preparing for it.  We certainly have not reached to peak of this health emergency.  That’s why we are urging people to follow the specific guidelines if they have been asked to self-isolate, and everyone should follow the advice of the experts who say we should avoid crowds and close contact with others,” said Kim Gilman, Phoebe Worth Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.

Anyone who wants to be screened to see if they need to be tested can call the Phoebe Coronavirus Hotline at 229-312-1919.

For updated COVID-19 information, visit www.phoebehealth.com/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov.


First COVID-19 Case Confirmed in Sumter County  |  @3:58 p.m.

Americus, Ga. – For the first time since the COVID-19 health emergency began, patients screened through Phoebe Sumter Medical Center have tested positive. Phoebe Sumter Medical Center reported two positive results Friday.

As of noon Friday, these were all Phoebe-related COVID-19 test results:

  • Total Patients Tested at Phoebe Sumter – 46
  • Total Positive Results – 2 (both are currently recovering at home)
  • Total Negative Results – 5
  • Total Patients Awaiting Results at Home – 30
  • Total Patients Awaiting Results in Another Hospital – 9

“We have been providing compassionate, quality care to potential COVID-19 patients since last week.  As we begin to get more results, we have received our first two positive cases.  Thankfully, those patients are recovering at home, but we know this health emergency will get worse before it gets better, and we are prepared.  We have the capacity, staff and supplies we need at this point, but we are urging people to follow the advice of the experts to avoid crowds and close contact with others to help minimize the spread of the virus,” said Brandi Lunneborg, Phoebe Sumter Medical Center Chief Executive Officer.

Phoebe Sumter is providing testing to appropriate patients through all its primary care clinics in Americus, Buena Vista and Ellaville, as well as for emergency patients in the its emergency center.

Anyone who wants to be screened to see if they need to be tested can call also call the Phoebe Coronavirus Hotline at 229-312-1919.

For updated COVID-19 information, visit www.phoebehealth.com/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov.


COVID-19 Cases Confirmed in Additional Southwest Georgia Communities  |  @ 12:05 p.m.

Albany, Ga. – Phoebe reported a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases on Friday as more test results come in. Phoebe Sumter Medical Center in Americus and Phoebe Worth Medical Center in Sylvester have confirmed their first COVID-19 cases as the coronavirus health emergency continues to worsen.

As of noon Friday, these were all Phoebe-related COVID-19 test results:

  • Total Positive Results – 57
  • Total Positive Deaths – 4
  • Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 26
  • Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center - 0
  • Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 1
  • Total Positive Patients at Home – 26
  • Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 63
  • Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 9
  • Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 0
  • Total Patients Awaiting Test Results at Home – 540

“We continue to call and check on people recovering at home and those waiting on test results who have been instructed to self-isolate, and we’re hearing that some them are not following the proper isolation protocol. We also know some churches and other organizations are continuing to gather in large groups. In order to minimize the spread of the illness, we urgently need people to pay attention to the experts and follow their guidance to avoid crowds and close contact with others,” said Steven Kitchen, MD, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital Chief Medical Officer.

The Phoebe supply management team continues to work around the clock to source critical supplies necessary to protect employees treating the growing number of COVID-19 patients. In addition to producing homemade masks that can be worn over N95 masks to extend their use, Phoebe employees are also now making face shields because of a shortage of those supplies. They have developed a successful prototype and made a few hundred. They hope to begin regular production on Monday.

“I am so proud of how the Phoebe Family has come together, and we appreciate the support we are feeling from around the country, but especially right here in our own community. Last night, a church organized a drive-in prayer vigil in our main parking lot. People pulled in with their flashers on and prayed for our team and the patients we’re caring for. That was an incredibly moving gesture, and we will continue to need the support of the people we are proud to serve,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System Chief Executive Officer.

For updated COVID-19 information, visit www.phoebehealth.com/coronavirus and www.cdc.gov.