Phoebe: SWGA enters ‘dangerous and deadly’ COVID-19 phase

Phoebe: SWGA enters ‘dangerous and deadly’ COVID-19 phase
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital in Albany. (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Phoebe officials said Thursday that their latest projections show that the area will surpass COVID-19 cases from the early days of the pandemic when Dougherty County was one of the first hotspots for the virus — entering a deadly and dangerous phase of the pandemic.

“That sobering reality must serve as a wakeup call for those in our community who still ignore the advice of experts by gathering in large groups and refusing to wear masks,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System president and CEO. “Today, we are caring for 106 COVID-19 patients in our hospitals – the highest number since April 27 – and every other hospital in the state of Georgia is maxed out. While Phoebe continues to add staffing resources to expand our capacity, Georgia’s healthcare system is being strained as never before. It is crucial that all of us do our part to reverse this current trend, flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections and save lives. The next 60 days are going to be the darkest we have seen yet.”

Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System president and CEO.
Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System president and CEO. (Source: WALB)

Phoebe released its latest COVID-19 numbers:

  • Total COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 93
  • Total COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 13
  • Total COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 0
  • Total inpatients recovered – 1,577
  • Total positive deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 190
  • Total positive deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 45
  • Total people vaccinated – 1,877

Phoebe officials said because of the increasing volume of COVID-19 patients, the hospital system will stop visitation for COVID-19 patients at its main and north campuses. After 7 p.m. on Sunday, visitation for COVID-19 patients will be no longer be available, except in end-of-life situations.

Current non-COVID visitation rules remain in effect, which includes:

  • All visitors are required to wear a mask at all times.
  • All visitors will be screened prior to entering the facility.
  • One visitor allowed at a time for each patient.
  • All visitors will be asked to sign in and out.
  • Visitors may access cafeteria and concession areas but otherwise should remain in the clinical unit they are visiting.

For more information on the visitation policy, click here.

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