Andy Miller of Georgia Health News (GHN) interviewed CEO’s of Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton and Candler County Hospital in Metter about the COVID challenges rural hospitals are facing. For weeks we have been getting reports of family members in our area, being transferred to hospitals several states away. Andy discuss’s capacity and staffing issues due to the COVID-19 surge that is effecting rural hospitals as much as metro ones.
- Region J Critical Care Bed Capacity decreased to 35 today out of 264 total. There are only 15% (426 beds) critical care beds available statewide.
- 1,112 Total confirmed cases and 12 deaths total reported here with 77 hospitalizations total. Up 11 confirmed since yesterday. (These figures apply to Bulloch County Residents)
- EGRMC currently/today caring for 18 COVID-19 positive patients today. (May or may not be Bulloch County Residents) 9 COVID-19 patients on vents. EGRMC has 17 total vents. However, this is reporting only COVID-19 patients on vents. It is unknown how many actual vents are in use at this time.
- Bulloch EMS received notice of 58 Confirmed COVID-19 positive and 83 probable patients transported to date.
BULLOCH COUNTY LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY 8/03/20 COVID-19 REPORT:
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BULLOCH COUNTY TOTAL COVID-19 DEATHS:https://dch.georgia.gov/
- 227 total confirmed cases and 1 death total reported with 11 total hospitalizations. (This is an increase of 7 confirmed case and 1 hospitalization from yesterday)
- Evan’s COVID-19 death was a 59 year old, African American male who had commodities.
- 229 total confirmed cases and 4 deaths total reported with 9 total hospitalizations. (This is an increase of 0 confirmed cases from yesterday)
- Candler’s COVID-19 deaths
- 73 year old, white female with no comorbidity
- 56 year old, African-American with comorbidity
- 86 year old, white male with comorbidity
- 46 year old, white female with comorbidity
Exceeding hospital bed and staff capacity is why leaders continue calling for citizens to wear a mask, social distance, wash hands and avoid crowds to slow the spread and not overwhelm our hospital.
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.
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