All 32 of Atrium's critically ill COVID patients in Middle Georgia unvaccinated
Although it refuses to release specific COVID-19 data for specific hospitals, such as the one here in Baldwin County, Atrium Health continues to offer a general overview of the COVID-19 situation within its web of hospitals.
Around Middle Georgia, Atrium Health operates the Medical Center of Peach County, Atrium Navicent Health Baldwin, the Monroe Regional Medical Complex in Forsyth, as well as The Medical Center in downtown Macon.
As of Jan. 11, Atrium stated that it had 126 patients in its Middle Georgia hospitals with COVID-19. The Omicron variant, incredibly contagious, has created a new dynamic for hospitals, where many people initially are hospitalized for different ailments and test positive for COVID while in the hospital. In other words, not all 126 patients with COVID in Atrium's area hospitals are being treated for COVID-19.
Instead, a total of 32 patients "are receiving care for COVID-19 in our Intensive Care Units and/or utilizing a ventilator for COVID-19."
"Vaccinations remain the best defense against serious illness or hospitalization from COVID-19," wrote the hospital system.