ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Health System is seeing more hospitalized COVID-19 patients at a higher rate than it was before the Thanksgiving holiday, according to the hospital system.
“Today, our volume of hospitalized COVID-19 patients is nearly five and a half times what it was the week before Thanksgiving, and as transmission rates remain high throughout Georgia, we expect our volume to continue to increase.” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System CEO and president. “The greatest weapons in our fight against the virus are wearing masks and getting the COVID-19 vaccine.”
The hospital system said it got its second shipment of Pfizer vaccines Friday at Phoebe Main.
“And we know there is significant demand from people interested in being vaccinated, as evidenced by the 1,600 calls our COVID-19 vaccine hotline received (Thursday) on its first day in operation.,” he added. “We are excited to begin providing vaccines to southwest Georgians who are 65 and older and to first responders on Monday, and we expect to administer hundreds of vaccines each day. We encourage all south Georgians – as soon as they are eligible – to roll up their sleeves and get vaccinated to help put an end to COVID-19.”
As of noon Friday, these were Phoebe’s latest COVID-19 numbers:
- Total COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 94
- Total COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 17
- Total COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 0
- Total inpatients recovered – 1,629
- Total positive deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 202
- Total positive deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 46
- Total vaccines administered – 2,401
More about the vaccine from Phoebe:
- Currently, only healthcare workers, first responders and those 65 and older are eligible to be vaccinated.
- Southwest Georgians in those categories can call (229) 312-1919 to request a vaccination appointment at Phoebe hospitals in Albany, Americus and Sylvester.
- No walk-ins will be accepted, and those who do not currently qualify to receive the vaccine under CDC and Georgia Department of Public Health guidelines should not attempt to schedule appointments at this time.