Augusta, Georgia and South Carolina cases of COVID-19 continue to climb.
There are at least 28 cases of COVID-19 in the Augusta area after the count climbed to 20 positive cases at AU Health System, University Hospital reported its first two cases and Doctors Hospital of Augusts had an additional positive patient. Georgia passed 1,300 cases Wednesday.
University has a positive outpatient and a positive patient in the hospital, spokeswoman Rebecca Sylvester said. Another 30 patients in the hospital are awaiting results. There were 43 negative among the 148 tested so far and many others are awaiting results at home in isolation, she said.
Three people have now tested positive at Doctors Hospital of Augusta, including a patient who was discharged home, spokesman Peter Moberg said. Two patients have tested positive at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. There was one case in Edgefield County.
The total could be 29 because a patient tested positive at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center but it is still unclear how that case is being counted.
In addition to the positive cases, AU Health has had far more patients test negative for COVID-19, 435 so far, with more than 600 tests pending. In the last 24 hours, the health system has fielded 273 hotline calls, conducted 502 screenings via telemedicine through its web site and AU Health Express Care app and collected samples from 96 patients through its drive-through testing.
That testing expanded to Columbia County today and AU Health is hoping to push its testing capacity beyond 72 a day soon.
In addition to the patients at University, AU Medical Center had three COVID-19 inpatients and Aiken Regional and Doctors had none.
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In Georgia, there were 1,387 cases of COVID-19 and 47 deaths, an increase of 300 cases and nine deaths from Tuesday , according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. The majority of those — 60 percent— were in people ages 18-59, and 36 percent were in those 60 and older, which is considered the higher risk group. Nearly half, 643 cases, are in five counties in Georgia: Fulton, DeKalb, Dougherty, Cobb and Bartow. Richmond and Columbia counties are listed with 10 cases each, followed by Burke, Lincoln and Wilkes counties with one each, according to DPH.
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control listed 424 cases and seven deaths.
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