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Local Hospitals Discuss COVID-19 and Vaccine Dispersements

Piedmont Healthcare

State and local leaders along with healthcare providers are taking part in conversations about COVID-19 this afternoon.

The CEOs of Piedmont Athens Regional hospital and St. Mary’s Healthcare System discussed the situation in the Athens area. 

Piedmont CEO Michael Burnett.

“We have evolved over how we treat these patients. Certain drugs like remdesivir, steroids, have helped improve length of stay, helped with mortality. We are seeing less patients being put into ICU as a percentage of COVID patients.”

The focus is now shifting to the vaccines. Dr. Montez Carter, head of St. Mary’s.

“We still have to see the final draft, but there’ll be a recommended prioritization from the federal level, but then the states will also have a say-so into what the prioritizations are in those states.”

Vaccines will be dispersed in three phases, December 10th for healthcare and frontline workers, February for vulnerable populations, and April for the general public.

Alexia Ridley joined WUGA as Television and Radio News Anchor and Reporter in 2013. When WUGA TV concluded operations, she became the primary Reporter for WUGA Radio. Alexia came to Athens from Macon where she served as the News Director and show host for WGXA TV. She's a career journalist and Savannah native hailing from the University of Michigan. However, Alexia considers herself an honorary UGA DAWG!
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