ALBANY, Ga. (CBS46) - The first COVID-19 deaths in southwest Georgia have been reported. Both patients were being cared for at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.

The first victim, a 42-year-old woman, and the other a 69-year-old woman. Both had pre-existing conditions.

Aside from the two deaths, the hospital remains a hot spot for Covid-19 with 20 20 positive cases, and 70 more suspected cases with patients awaiting tests results. 

READ: Coronavirus: What's happening now

As of noon Wednesday, Phoebe medical centers reported:

• Total Positive Results – 23

• Total Positive Patients in Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 8

• Total Positive Patients at Home – 13

• Total Positive Deaths – 2

• Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital – 69

• Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Sumter Medical Center – 5

• Total Inpatients Awaiting Test Results at Phoebe Worth Medical Center – 1

• Total Patients Awaiting Test Results at Home – 330+

CBS46 has also learned that trying to keep medical staff protected while assisting patients has become dire.

The hospital's president says his staff has gone through five months of supplies in just the past six days. To make matters worse, the hospital president says he's also dealing with severe price gouging.

READ: Drive-thru coronavirus testing for "high-risk" people begins in Cobb County

The much needed N-95 masks that usually cost hospitals $0.58 each are now selling for a steep $7.

The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) says All Georgians play a critical role in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by adhering to the following guidance:

• Practice social distancing by putting at least 6 feet between yourself and other people.

• Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

• Stay home if you are sick.

• Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water.

• Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Copyright 2020 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.


Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.