The Chief Medical Officer at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center says the two hospitals in Athens are not overflowing with coronavirus patients: both hospitals—Piedmont and St Mary’s—diverted patients to other hospitals earlier this week, a move Dr. Robert Sinyard says is not unusual.
He says hospital beds that were filled were temporarily taken up by patients in need of heart surgeries and other procedures. Dr. Sinyard says Athens’ two hospitals do have the necessary personnel and resources to handle the recent spike in COVID cases.
Athens is closing in on 1,100 cases of coronavirus, with the state Department of Public Health reporting the four-month running total 1,087 as of Thursday afternoon. Athens death toll holds steady at 15. Oconee County has recorded 264 cases and 14 deaths from COVID 19.
From Dr Robert Sinyard…
PAR (Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center) is doing well. Vast majority of patients in hospital are NOT for Covid illnesses. Cardiac, neurology, needed surgeries are the major issues. We have seen increased covid patients but resources and staffing are good. Both hospitals in town have fluctuations in bed availability frequently throughout the year and that has been the case before Covid. The hospitals in town are doing well.
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