Georgia’s hardest-hit hospital’s intensive care units are filled with ‘critically ill’

Drive-thru testing at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany.
Drive-thru testing at Phoebe Putney Health System in Albany. (WALB-TV image)

ALBANY, Ga. – A southwest Georgia hospital system that’s reporting about a fourth of the state’s coronavirus deaths now says one hospital has reached capacity in three ICU units.

The three intensive care units within the system's hardest-hit hospital in Albany are filled with "critically ill Covid-19 patients," Phoebe Putney Health System said in a news release Wednesday. A fourth ICU was previously opened to care for patients not infected with the virus.

The system has reported 12 deaths. At least 47 people have died in the state.

"As this public health crisis in southwest Georgia gets more severe, we have been reaching out to other hospitals in our part of the state," the system's CEO, Scott Steiner, said. "I am pleased that every one of our regional partners we spoke to in the last 24 hours agreed to assist by accepting patient transfers from us."

Inside Albany's Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, 35 patients have tested positive. About 90 are awaiting test results.

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