The Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) daily status report is now reporting only 10 total critical care beds are available in our Regional Coordinating Hospital District, which includes Savannah and Brunswick hospitals.  Critical care bed capacity has decreased by 7 since yesterday.  The statewide total of critical care bed total is 438.

Region J Critical Care Bed Capacity decreased to 10 today.  There are only 15% (438 beds) critical care beds available statewide.

DPH reported 4,689 new COVID-19 positive cases.  That breaks the last record high from ten days ago, 4,484.

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Two stories from NPR.  The first takes a look inside what is going on in Georgia hospitals as healthcare workers struggle to keep up.  The second story rates the risk of 14 summer activities.

From Camping To Dining Out: Here’s How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities

Region J

Today in Bulloch County:

  • Region J Critical Care Bed Capacity decreased to 10 today.  There are only 15% (438 beds) critical care beds available statewide.
  • 779 Total confirmed cases and 7 deaths total reported here with 65 hospitalizations total.  Up 28 confirmed cases since yesterday.  (These figures apply to Bulloch County Residents)
  • EGRMC currently/today caring for 22 COVID-19 positive patients today (May or may not be Bulloch County Residents) 5 COVID-19 patients on vents.
  • EMS received notice of 3 Confirmed COVID-19 positive and 0 probable patients transported recently.  To Date: 56 probable and 44 confirmed transports by EMS.

Exceeding EGRMC bed and staff capacity is why leaders keep calling for citizens to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands and avoid crowds to slow the spread and not overwhelm our hospital.  EGRMC has 24 ICU beds and 17 vents currently.  The ICU bed count does not include step down beds.  They can expand to more critical beds if needed with some modifications.

Georgia and Bulloch 7 Day Graphs provided by Parker Engineering, Statesboro.

GEORGIA TECH COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool – CLICK HERE

The Georgia Tech COVID-19 risk assessment planning tool shows the risk level of attending an event in any county in America, given the event size and location (assuming 10:1 ascertainment bias).  The risk level is the estimated chance (0-100%) that at least 1 COVID-19 positive individual will be present at an event in a county, given the size of the event.  Choose an event size. Use the drop-down menu to choose a county you would like to zoom in on.

Testing Data

Note: The graphs depict total tests and not the number of persons tested. Some individuals may be tested multiple times.

Weekly Testing Numbers

The following graph depicts the number of specimens collected for testing by the Southeast Health District each week. Tests are also performed by private physicians, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, urgent care centers, among others so this number is not a comprehensive total of all testing done in our area.

Percentage of COVID-19 Positive Tests

The graph below shows the percentage of COVID-19 positive specimens collected by the Southeast Health District and processed through our main laboratory (Ipsum Diagnostics), beginning May 25, 2020.

Evaluating the percentage of positive test results can give you a better understanding of the spread of COVID-19.








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