East Georgia Regional Medical Center CEO, Stephen Pennington made a joint statement with Bulloch County Public Safety and EMA director Ted Wynn raising the level of concern for COVID-19 in Bulloch County.  According to Pennington, EGRMC is currently treating fifteen COVID-19 positive patients today, Thursday July 2nd, which is the largest number they have seen thus far. Seven of those patients are on ventilators, and these patients are high acuity (very sick) patients.

Pennington explained that 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.

Local and statewide leaders are very concerned about the upcoming 4th of July holiday where citizens traditionally gather in large crowds.  This could continue to accelerate the dangerous spread of COVID-19 and stretch local resources to a dangerous level.  Today Jerome Adams, President’s Trump Surgeon General on a statewide fly around to promote the importance of wearing masks, has joined Georgia Governor Brian Kemp.

We have seen exponential growth in COVID-19 Positive Cases over the last few weeks.  We continue breaking the daily high record.  Yesterday there were 52 positive cases for Bulloch County.  We went months with only 50 cases total.

Bulloch County is mirroring what we are seeing across Georgia in COVID-19 positive test results and hospitalizations.


Pennington urges our community to take heed to what our county EMA is instructing. Community members should take this very seriously and do their part in helping slow the spread of COVID-19. Avoid crowds whenever possible, social distance yourself from others, always wear a mask or face covering when in public, and be vigilant about hand washing and sanitizing.


Also, effective Friday, July 3, 2020, visitors are no longer allowed at East Georgia Regional Medical Center. Due to a large increase in positive Coronavirus cases in our county, East Georgia Regional Medical Center has implemented further visitor restrictions to ensure the health and safety of our patients, their families, and our staff.

• Visitors are no longer allowed.
• Exceptions:
Ø Maternity/Women’s Pavilion patients: One (1) support person may accompany the patient
Ø “End of life” situations
Ø Individuals with a significant disability are limited to one (1) support person
Ø Pediatric/Minor patients (< 18 years old) may have one (1) visitor but this is limited to only parents or guardians
• No visitors for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases

Screening upon Entry
• Anyone entering the hospital will continue to be screened for symptoms, have their temperature checked, and screened for travel or exposure history.
• You will be asked to not enter the facility if you have had symptoms in the past 24 hours or exposures in the last 14 days.

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