The system has four medical centers in Albany, Americus and Sylvester, as well as other facilities. However, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital faces the worst pandemic. Of the 47 Coronavirus deaths in Georgia, 12 patients died at the Albany facility on Wednesday afternoon, according to the hospital system.
“As this public health crisis worsens in southwestern Georgia, we have turned to other hospitals in our part of the state,”
The state has ensured that a local hotel serves as a quarantine facility for the homeless and for others who may need a room for isolation, said Albany Mayor Bo Dorough.
Six months of supplies in a week
Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, had provided additional resources to provide 26 beds in another facility, Albany officials said Wednesday.
The “most affected” health care hospital is in Albany, Steiner said in a statement.
The state will soon introduce more fans and personal protective equipment, Dorough said.
“The light at the end of the tunnel is when you have more discharges than patients,” he said. “We are not there yet.”
In order to make their masks last longer – a stock that quickly disappeared – said Steiner, a team of employees sewed masks together with surgical sheets.
They were hoping to make about 200,000 of them, he said.
“We’ve been in our command center for some time now, waiting for the coronavirus to reach the United States,” Steiner told CNN last week. “We overbought supplies, but until you really do, you don’t really notice what you’re going to go through.”
“We’re crawling,” he said.
Epidemiologists respond to local outbreak
A spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Health (DPH) informed CNN that they saw “continued spread of the virus in the community” in Albany. This prompted the Department and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to deploy a team of epidemiologists to investigate the infections.
Dougherty County, which surrounds Albany, issued an accommodation order on March 20, instructing all nonessential workers to stay at home, change bars and restaurants to take away, and close gyms “and similar stores” .
“We need to take precautions today to prevent the virus from spreading unnecessarily,” Dorough said on Wednesday.
“This is a problem that we know we have in Albany and Dougherty County, but if we don’t do anything about it and our partners in the surrounding counties don’t do anything about it, healthcare systems across Southwest Georgia will be as overwhelmed as Phoebe Putney . ”
The DPH and CDC team of experts will work with Albany representatives to respond to the outbreak by first examining infections in the severely affected Phoebe Putney hospital and in long-term care facilities.
“This is a historic threat to public health and we need to work with our federal, state and local partners to curb this pandemic,” said Kathleen E. Toomey, DPH commissioner.
CNN’s Eliott C. McLaughlin contributed to this report.