Last updated on August 30, 2020
Georgia reaches “widespread community transmission” of COVID-19. Community spread, or community transmission, happens when people contract the virus but do not know how or when they got it. A state experiencing community spread is in the “acceleration phase” of a pandemic, meaning cases are rising up a curve, according to health officials. Cases, tests, hospitalizations, and deaths are all rising in Georgia. The positive test rate is now 13.6 percent which is two percentage points away from the CDC danger zone of 15 percent.
The President’s Task Force identified 18 states that are in the red zone for cases: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.
The “Red Zone” is defined as those core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) and counties that during the last week reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10%.” Georgia is in the “red zone” for cases and test positivity.
Today in Bulloch County:
- DPH is reporting Bulloch Counties 7th death from COVID-19, a 42 year old female, race African American and comorbidity
- 751 Total confirmed cases and 7 deaths total reported here with 59 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 1 Confirmed COVID-19 positive and 3 probable patients transported recently. To Date: 56 probable and 41 confirmed transports by EMS.
- Region J Critical Care Bed Capacity decreased to 17 today. There are only 15% (429 beds) critical care beds available statewide.
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.
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.
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.
BULLOCH COUNTY LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY 7/16/20 COVID-19 REPORT:
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BULLOCH COUNTY TOTAL COVID-19 DEATHS:
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