Dougherty Co. addresses COVID-19 latest at Tuesday press conference

Dougherty Co. addresses COVID-19 latest at Tuesday press conference
(Source: WALB)

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Dougherty County leaders addressed the latest developments on COVID-19 at a Tuesday press conference.


Posted by Dougherty County Georgia Government on Tuesday, March 24, 2020

More from the conference:

Dougherty County Commission Chris Cohilas said they have an operational self-quarantine facility at a hotel. Cohilas said they just opened it and it will be used for people who test positive but don’t have anywhere to self-isolate. Cohilas did not release the name but said the National Guard is guarding it.

Cohilas also said a nursing home in Albany has been ‘infiltrated’ with COVID-19, but also did not release the name.

County and Albany leaders said they’re working with surrounding counties to have similar orders since a lot of people are confused by all of the orders and curfews and differences between them.

Dr. Steven Kitchen, Phoebe chief medical officer, said the hospital has had to create a fourth ICU for people without COVID-19 because they filled three with just COVID-19 patients.

Kitchen said Dougherty County hasn’t flattened the curve here, and the total number of positive results at Phoebe rose by 25 from Monday.

The state is delivering resources, including 20 additional ventilators.

Dr. Charles Ruis, Southwest District director, said the agency is asking people not to call 911 if they’ve already been diagnosed with COVID-19, because they need to use the line for emergencies only.

Ruis also said there is an order in place that makes it illegal for someone who tests positive for COVID-19 to not tell people they’ve been in contact with.

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