Caravan members drive by the Tift Regional Medical Center.

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Caravan members drive by the Tift Regional Medical Center in this late March submitted photo.

TIFTON — Critical care beds remain full at Tift Regional Medical Center though overall inpatient numbers have decreased. 

“From the daily COVID census, our total numbers of inpatients are lower this week,” Dr. Rubal Patel, TRMC ICU director, said in an email. “We continue to monitor this closely as schools reopen.”

Five Tift County residents died as a result of the coronavirus during the past week, according to the GDPH. More than 40 deaths had been reported in the county since the start of the pandemic.

Patel said critical care beds, which contain a mix of both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 patients, are still full and TRMC is still diverting new critical care patients to other facilities.

“We continue to strive to do our best in treating critically ill patients that we can safely care for,” Patel said.

Hospitalizations leveled off for Tift County in the past week, rising by only four patients, but during the same timeframe the five new deaths were reported, according to information from the Georgia Department of Public Health. Tift County has had more than 180 hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic.

Tift County topped 1,400 cases earlier this week, since the start of the outbreak, state health officials reported.

Dean Poling contributed to this report.

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