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Local hospitals are still showing signs of strain from the latest COVID-19 surge.
St. Mary’s and Piedmont Athens Regional’s emergency departments are listed as overcrowded by the Georgia Coordinating Center. Both hospitals' intensive care units are unable to accept incoming ambulance traffic as of this morning. Piedmont Athens Regional is also in medical diversion.
In Region E, the region which both Athens hospitals are located within, ICU beds are at 97% capacity and inpatient beds are at 89% capacity.
Hospitalizations in Athens and the surrounding counties continue with 42% of all patients in Region E classified as COVID-19 patients.
Emergency department beds in Region E are 52% full. As of this morning, local hospital, St. Mary’s emergency department is normal, while Piedmont Athens Regional’s emergency department is overcrowded, according to the Georgia Coordinating Center.