Doctors at north Georgia hospital system say they think omicron peak has passed

HALL COUNTY, Ga. — More Georgia hospitals are seeing the number of patients with COVID-19 holding steady or dropping amid the omicron wave.

Channel 2′s Tom Regan was at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, where doctors said they’re seeing some encouraging signs.

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Last week, Northeast Georgia Medical Center was treating 204 patients. On Thursday, that number was down to 179.

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Dr. John Delzell said doctors there believe the peak has passed.

“We felt like we peaked a couple of days ago,” Delzell said. “We have kind of of been a little flat. It’s been a longer peak than we wanted to be, but we are definitely going in the right direction now.”

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There are currently nearly 5,000 people in Georgia hospitalized with COVID-19, down from nearly 5,500. At the height of the delta peak, there were 6,000 patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

The week of January 22, Georgia saw 1,702 patients hospitalized with COVID-19. Of those, 1,193 (70%) were unvaccinated, 380 (22%) were vaccinated but not boosted and 129 (7%) were vaccinated and boosted.