From education to medical care, rising COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2 Coronavirus disease) cases due to new variants, such as Omicron, sweeping across the country are affecting businesses and organizations throughout Candler County.

Superintendent Dr. Bubba Longgrear reported that Candler County Schools have seen an increase in positive COVID cases among students and staff. 

“We have seen an uptick in positive cases since the first of the year. Symptoms have seemed to be more flu-like in nature among students and staff who have recently tested positive and not as severe as previous cases. We are continuing to follow CDC and DPH guidance,” Longgrear said. 

Marty Ray, chief information officer of Candler County Hospital, reported, “CCH is experiencing an increased COVID-19 activity level, primarily in the Candler Medical Group, Urgent Care and Emergency Department. COVID-related hospitalizations have remained low when compared to previous variants of COVID-19. 

“CCH is partnering with the Department of Public Health for testing and encourages anyone desiring testing to utilize this resource. However, symptomatic patients should consider using Urgent Care at Candler Medical Group for a healthcare evaluation,” said Ray. 

Visitation is currently allowed at this time; however, visitation policies are constantly monitored and evaluated based on COVID-19 activity levels.

Ray concluded, “CCH encourages everyone to be an advocate for health and wellness. As we strive to provide ‘Excellent Care, Every Time, Right at Home,’ Candler Medical Group and Candler Gastroenterology are here to serve your needs.” 

For an appointment, please call Candler Medical Group at  (912) 685-5715 or Candler Gastroenterology at (912) 685-1215.

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