Columbus mayor gives update on COVID-19 cases

Columbus mayor gives update on COVID-19 cases

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The mayor of Columbus says large holiday gatherings are one of the reasons behind the steep increase of COVID-19 cases.

The latest data from the mayor’s office indicates a rise in not only COVID-19 cases, but also COVID-19 related deaths.

While there could be multiple reasons for the increase in COVID-19 cases locally, health experts say COVID-19 fatigue is largely to blame after people neglected to follow social distancing guidelines over the holidays.

“It got a lot worse than it did in the July surge when we came through the Fourth of July weekend. We actually eclipsed those numbers,” said Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson.

“It just does not seem to end right now. People are lined up to get tested every day,” said Pamela Kirkland with the Columbus Health Department.

Local hospitals are also operating at nearly full capacity, according to the Columbus Mayor’s Office. Three weeks ago, the ICU bed capacity was at nearly zero level.

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