As many people in the United States begin to plan for fall and winter holiday celebrations, CDC offers the following considerations to help protect individuals, their families, friends, and communities from COVID-19. These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which holiday gatherings must comply. When planning to host a holiday celebration, you should assess current COVID-19 levels in your community to determine whether to postpone, cancel, or limit the number of attendees.
Virus spread risk at holiday celebrations
Celebrating virtually or with members of your own household pose low risk for spread. In-person gatherings pose varying levels of risk. Event organizers and attendees should consider the risk of virus spread based on event size and use of mitigation strategies, as outlined in the Considerations for Events and Gatherings. There are several factors that contribute to the risk of getting infected or infecting others with the virus that causes COVID-19 at a holiday celebration. In combination, these factors will create various amounts of risk, so it is important to consider them individually and together:
- Community levels of COVID-19 – Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, as well as where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees. Family and friends should consider the number and rate of COVID-19 cases in their community and in the community where they plan to celebrate when considering whether to host or attend a holiday celebration. Information on the number of cases in an area can be found on the area’s health department website.
- The location of the gathering – Indoor gatherings generally pose more risk than outdoor gatherings. Indoor gatherings with poor ventilation pose more risk than those with good ventilation, such as those with open windows or doors.
- The duration of the gathering – Gatherings that last longer pose more risk than shorter gatherings.
- The number of people at the gathering – Gatherings with more people pose more risk than gatherings with fewer people. CDC does not have a limit or recommend a specific number of attendees for gatherings. The size of a holiday gathering should be determined based on the ability to reduce or limit contact between attendees, the risk of spread between attendees, and state, local, territorial, or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations.
- The locations attendees are traveling from – Gatherings with attendees who are traveling from different places pose a higher risk than gatherings with attendees who live in the same area. Higher levels of COVID-19 cases and community spread in the gathering location, or where attendees are coming from, increase the risk of infection and spread among attendees.
- The behaviors of attendees prior to the gathering – Gatherings with attendees who are not adhering to social distancing (staying at least 6 feet apart), mask wearing, hand washing, and other prevention behaviors pose more risk than gatherings with attendees who are engaging in these preventative behaviors.
- The behaviors of attendees during the gathering – Gatherings with more preventive measures, such as mask wearing, social distancing, and hand washing, in place pose less risk than gatherings where fewer or no preventive measures are being implemented.
Bulloch County Report
- Bulloch County 14 day average of positive cases per 100,000 is 365 and percent of positive tests is 11.8%. (Targets are below 100 per 100,000 and positive tests at 5% or below).
- 2,845 Total confirmed cases and 27 deaths total reported here with 132 hospitalizations total. Up 9 confirmed since yesterday. (These figures apply to Bulloch County residents)
- EGRMC currently/today caring for 20 COVID-19 positive patients today. (May or may not be Bulloch County residents) 8 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.
- EMS received notice of 129 confirmed COVID-19 positive and 125 probable patients transported to date
Bulloch Schools, Colleges and University Report
- Bulloch Schools total since reporting began on August 18 as of September 24, 2020
- 85 total known positive COVID-19 cases reported
- 6 week ending August 21
- 23 week ending August 28
- 21 week ending September 5
- 14 week ending September 11
- 12 week ending September 18
- 9 case ending September 25
- 180 Currently quarantined as of report date
- 774 Quarantines – Total students and employees quarantined for 14 days as a precaution due to close contact with these confirmed positive COVID-19 cases
- 119 week ending August 21
- 284 week ending August 28
- 97 week ending September 5
- 101 week ending September 11
- 119 week ending September 18
- 89 week ending September 25
- 1 Clusters – Total COVID-19 Clusters
- 85 total known positive COVID-19 cases reported
- Georgia Southern COVID-19 since reporting began on August 17 total cases for Statesboro
- 1,036 Total Statesboro Campus Since August 17th
- 61 week ending 8/23
- 487 week ending 8/30
- 351 week ending 9/6
- 90 week ending 9/13
- 47 week ending 9/20
- Ogeechee Technical College COVID-19 since reporting began on August 17
- 29 total Statesboro Campus since August 17th
- 0 week ending 8/23
- 6 week ending 8/30
- 12 week ending 9/6
- 6 week ending 9/13
- 5 week ending 9/20
- East Georgia State College since reporting began on August 17
- 28 total Statesboro Campus since June
- 2 from June
- 0 from July
- 13 from August
- 4 from September through 9/4
- 8 from week ending 9/13
- 1 from week ending 9/20
Evans County Report:
- Evans County 14 day average of positive cases per 100,000 is 243 and percent of positive tests is 5.6%. (Targets are below 100 per 100,000 and positive tests at 5% or below).
- 420 Total confirmed cases and 6 deaths total reported with 35 total hospitalizations. (This is an increase of 1 confirmed cases, increase of 0 hospitalization and 0 deaths from yesterday)
Candler County Report:
- Candler County 14 day average of positive cases per 100,000 is 508 and percent of positive tests is 27.2%. (Targets are below 100 per 100,000 and positive tests at 5% or below).
- 444 total confirmed cases and 18 deaths total reported with 29 total hospitalizations. (This is an increase of 22 confirmed cases, an increase of 0 hospitalizations and an increase of 0 deaths from yesterday)
BULLOCH LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY 9/22/20 REPORT
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About This Report
A special thanks to Dr. Frank Davis, M.D. F.A.C.S, a retired trauma surgeon who lives in Bulloch County. He has worked closely with the Grice Connect team to design the COVID-19 dashboard and provide brief interpretation of the data. You will be seeing and hearing more from Dr. Davis as he continues to help us monitor the COVID-19 impact locally.
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