To best inform our communities about the state of the COVID-19 surge throughout our 11 hospitals, Wellstar Health System is providing daily updates on our website and social media channels regarding the current status of COVID-19 patients we are treating system-wide.
Additionally, we are sharing our localized COVID patient data on each hospital’s specific Facebook page.
In efforts to keep our communities up-to-date and answer any inquiries regarding this data, we’ve answered frequently asked questions below:
- Are people without the second dose counted as unvaccinated?
Based on FDA and CDC guidelines, Wellstar considers a “fully vaccinated” person to have had either one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or two doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines with peak immunity achieved two weeks after the second dose.
- Why are vaccinated people still getting positive tests?
While no vaccine prevents someone 100% from getting sick, the COVID-19 vaccines are proven to be safe and effective at preventing severe illness and death. Because a vaccinated person can still contract the virus and may have mild symptoms or no symptoms at all, it’s advised that even vaccinated people still wear a mask and follow safety precautions.
- Why can’t vaccinated caregivers be allowed into the hospital?
Due to the highly contagious nature of the Delta Variant of COVID-19, the level of community spread and to protect our patients and clinical staff, Wellstar is not allowing visitors at this time. You can learn more about our visitation guidelines here.
- Are all your nurses and doctors vaccinated and is that verifiable?
Wellstar Health System has mandated that all team members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 effective October 1, 2021.
- What are the ages of the patients being reported?
While we cannot share data regarding the ages of our COVID-19 patients, we can confirm that the widespread Delta Variant is infecting young people at a higher rate than we have seen with previous variants.
- How many of these patients have previously had COVID?
Just as we are seeing vaccinated people become infected with COVID-19, we are also seeing reinfection in those who have had a case of COVID-19 in the past.
- How many patients have died from COVID?
This information is available via the Georgia Department of Public Health’s COVID-19 Daily Status Report which provides a detailed analysis of cases, hospitalizations and deaths by county, as well as other demographics.
- How many of these patients have pre-existing conditions?
Out of respect for our patients, we are unable to provide details of patients’ medical information. However, the Delta variant of COVID-19 can cause severe illness in those who are not immunocompromised and have no pre-existing conditions.
- Are all these people on ventilators at the same time?
Wellstar is reporting the number of patients currently on ventilators system-wide on both our website and social media channels.
- Are these numbers since the beginning of the pandemic or just today?
Wellstar is reporting the current number of COVID patients in our care, daily.
- Are we testing for other respiratory illnesses such as flu, or are we assuming everything is COVID?
All COVID-19 patients have been confirmed to be COVID positive with a COVID-19 test.
- Do you administer monoclonal antibodies?
Yes, Wellstar Health System does administer monoclonal antibodies for outpatient treatment of COVID-19 patients who qualify based on emergency use authorization (EUA). If you have COVID-19, contact your Wellstar medical provider to see if you are eligible for this treatment.
Learn more about the Delta Variant of COVID-19 and what you can do to protect yourself and others. To find a vaccination site near you, visit vaccines.gov. Get updates and information on COVID-19 at Wellstar by visiting wellstar.org/COVID19.