AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The number of people checking into the hospital for COVID symptoms keeps increasing after unsafe holiday gatherings. Local health leaders told us they are working hard to make room and keep staff levels at bay.
“Over the past several weeks, before Thanksgiving, we averaged around 30 in patients. That changes day to day. Right now, today, we have 73,” said Doctors Hospital Chief Medical Officer Dr. John Farr.
“We’re seeing record and near record levels of both patients testing for COVID. Our percent positivity rate, meaning our percentage of people testing positive is the highest we’ve ever seen it,” Dr. Phillip Coule said, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Augusta University Health.