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Dougherty Co. EMS encourages getting COVID vaccine

Published: Sep. 17, 2021 at 5:11 PM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Dougherty County’s EMS director said he’s seeing a slight decrease in hospital transports for those with COVID-19, but upcoming holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas could lead to a spike.

Dougherty County EMS is encouraging residents to get the vaccine to help decrease COVID-19 related deaths.

Dougherty County EMS Director Sam Allen at the Friday COVID-19 task force meeting in Albany.
Dougherty County EMS Director Sam Allen at the Friday COVID-19 task force meeting in Albany. (WALB)

“So at this point, I want to show you the number of positive cases that we’ve been transporting. We’ve had hit a high of 15.45% two weeks ago. This past week was 11.07% of 911 EMS calls that are COVID-positive related,” Sam Allen, EMS director, said.

Allen said that even though there has been a decrease in transports, residents shouldn’t let their guard down and still get the vaccine.

On Saturday, Dougherty County EMS is hosting a vaccine drive-in, free of charge and open to the public for anyone that wants to get vaccinated. The drive-in will be from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Albany Civic Center.

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