Phoebe sees new low in COVID patients; health system loosening mask rules

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is currently caring for four COVID patients.
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is currently caring for four COVID patients.(PPMH)
Published: Apr. 8, 2022 at 10:50 AM EDT
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - Phoebe Putney Health System is seeing its lowest number of COVID-19 patients, all of which are at Phoebe Main in Albany.

Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital is currently caring for four COVID patients.

Twenty-eight COVID patients were admitted in March, which Phoebe officials said is the second-lowest number of patients admitted during any month of the pandemic.

“We are pleased that our COVID admissions have slowed to a trickle. After encouraging numbers in March, April has gotten off to a good start, as well,” said Scott Steiner, Phoebe Putney Health System CEO and president. “We have not admitted any patients for treatment of COVID so far this month. Those four patients we are caring for today have been hospitalized for an extended period and are no longer infectious. They are not yet healthy enough to be discharged, but we hope they will fully recover and be able to return home soon.”

The health system is also said that Phoebe visitors do not have to double mask.

“As of now, only a well-fitting surgical mask is required,” the hospital system said in a release.

The health system said masking guidelines are based on the CDC’s level of COVID transmission for each county where a Phoebe campus is.

In Worth County, where Phoebe Worth Medical Center is, the transmission level is low. The transmission level is moderate in Dougherty and Sumter counties, where Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital and Phoebe Sumter Medical Center are.

Here are the latest Phoebe COVID numbers:

  • Total COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 4
  • Total COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 0
  • Total COVID-19 patients in Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 0
  • Total inpatients recovered – 4,302
  • Total positive deaths from Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 457
  • Total positive deaths from Phoebe Sumter – 124
  • Total positive deaths from Phoebe Worth – 1
  • Total vaccines administered – 79,330

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