AUGUSTA, Ga. (WFXG) - Cases of COVID-19 are once again on the rise. Piedmont Augusta's Medical Director Dr. Bo Sherwood says right now they’re also seeing an uptick in some other community-spread illnesses this summer.

“Starting about 8-10 weeks ago we started seeing an uptick, or a slight sure in COVID cases,” he says. “Even though the cases are up, the hospitalizations are down.”

Dr. Sherwood says that while Prompt Care continues to see cases of COVID-19 they have also been treating symptoms of some other community-spread illnesses.

“We've seen flu, sinusitis, bronchitis, so we’re seeing quite a bit of that also,” he says. 

He also says flu cases continue to remain lower than expected, but that might not continue as we move into the fall and winter.

“We track sometimes, lots of times, throughout the summer we look at Australia because they’re in their flu season, their COVID season, right now. They’re seeing quite a bit more cases this time than they were last year,” he says. 

As healthcare professionals gear up for what could be a busy flu season, Dr. Sherwood says there is one thing you can do to keep you and your family safe.

“Wash your hands. If you think you’ve been exposed, then you should stay low and stay home,” he says.

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