Dougherty County COVID-19 Task Force gathered for update

ALBANY, Ga. – City and county officials gathered to update Dougherty County residents of the community’s COVID-19 status.

“We are seeing a secondary spike in our community. Is it anywhere near what we saw in march? No. Anywhere near what we saw in April? No. But we are seeing a rise in numbers,” said Dougherty County Commission Chairman Chris Cohilas.


Chris Cohilas

There’s been a rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations as well. At the beginning of July, Phoebe Putney Health System was celebrating having 32 hospitalizations. Now, their Chief Medical Officer is saying there are 68 COVID-19 patients being treated.

Dr. Kitchen

Dr. Steven Kitchen

“Of those 68 patients, 47 are in a general medical bed and 21 are requiring ICU care. Over the last 24 hours, we’ve had 9 patients who’ve required admission to the hospital with COVID-19 and we’ve had 5 patients who have been discharged from the hospital,” said Dr. Steven Kitchen.

Cohilas says with businesses reopening, a rise in cases was inevitable.

“Mathematically, scientifically, this was absolutely going to occur, that there was going to be a secondary bounce,” he said.

But to combat that, EMS Director Sam Allen urges citizens to practice safe measures… correctly.

Sam Allen

“We pulled up at a scene the other day and two people had masks on as sun bonnets.”

Late June Dougherty County was seeing a downward trend in COVID-19 cases and Allen says that’s proof that citizens know how to deescalate the situation.

“Let’s all pull together, let’s help get these numbers back down and lets do it by good hand washing techniques and by properly wearing a mask,” he said.