Dougherty County COVID-19 Task Force meet with sense of optimism

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(ALBANY, GA) – As city and county officials met for the last COVID-19 Task Force meeting before Christmas, there was a cautious sense of optimism. Especially from the Phoebe Health System’s Dr James black who received one of the first doses of the vaccine on Thursday.”

“I was actually the first one to get the vaccine, in this part of the state. And I’m happy to say that I’m upright, had a little bit of left shoulder soreness. I haven’t experienced any ill effects, and I’ll continue to keep you posted,” said Black, Friday morning.

While the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are being administered in Albany, Mayor, Bo Dorough says that the Good Life City and the county are far from being out of the woods.

As well as what city and county residents do between now and the end of the year could have an impact.

Mayor Dorough said, “…From Thanksgiving and the same thing we saw on July 4th, these holidays, we have large gatherings and the numbers spike up. We’re going to see this again at Christmas…We need to make sure other people are protecting themselves and others as well.”

Despite the warning about a potential increase in case numbers caused by holiday gatherings, Friday’s meeting did have a sense of optimism; that the city and the county may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

“We do have a lot options that are starting to present ourselves in our community and across the world…And we have beaten back adversity with a stick. But it’s important that we do not fall asleep at the wheel, that we continue to run this marathon, and remember that it’s not a sprint but a marathon,” says Dougherty County Commission Chairman, Chris Cohilas.

Doctor Black says that across the Phoebe Health system, they’re caring for more than 80 COVID patients at this time.