Prisma Health officials call Greenville the heart of COVID-19 surge

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GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – Prisma Health officials and Greenville Mayor Knox White held a virtual news conference Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Prisma Health President and Chief Executive Officer Mark O’Halla, Chief Ambulatory Medical Officer Dr. Saria Saccocio spoke about the continuing COVID-19 surge, the vaccination process and the importance of getting the COVID vaccine.

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Prisma Health doctors say Greenville is at the heart of the recent surge, and say the positivity rate is off the charts, effecting how well they can get the virus under control.

“Greenville had the most infections of any mid-sized city in the nation this past week,” O’Halla said. “On Monday, we saw a nearly 40% positivity rate across the Greenville community. This is off the charts high. Considering that our goal is to try and get that to 5% or less.”

This, as they work to treat those already under their care.

“We have more than 2,400 hospitalized covid patients across the state which is a new record for the surge,” O’Halla said.

Prisma is managing the surge my moving patients between locations to free up bed capacity.

Meanwhile, the City of Greenville is working to stop spread in the community.

“We continue to see a number of too many special events being scheduled over the next few weeks,” Mayor Knox White said.

The city has done around 300 compliance checks since December.

“And these are based on people who call us and say they’re concerned about something happening at a small business or a restaurant,” White said.

But help is on the way, as Prisma is working to administer the first rounds of vaccines to those who qualify.

“It is very effective, it is very safe, and we want everyone to sign up to get vaccinated,” O’Halla said.

As of Tuesday, Prisma had given 22,000 doses of the vaccine. Doctors encourage those in eligible groups to be patient.

“We are also continuing to collect names for people who have not yet been able to get an appointment. We will enroll those additional individuals as we have additional appointments available,” Saccocio said.

Officials will also reminded community members to follow COVID-19 safety precautions.

If you qualify for a vaccine at this time, you can put your information into Prisma’s system here or call 833-2-PRISMA.

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