Breaking COVID Update: East Georgia Regional Medical Center (EGRMC) in Statesboro has a record number of COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital today. They are reporting 33 COVID patients with 4 on vents.

Georgia DPH is reporting 123 new COVID-19 cases in Bulloch County since Monday, August 2.

EGRMC has reported having 31 staffed adult ICU beds. 18 are filled by non-COVID patients and 10 are filled by COVID patients. Overall, 28 out of 31 (90%) are filled. This suggests hospitals cannot absorb a wave of new COVID infections without substantial surge capacity.

Hospitals are nearing capacity in our region. This makes it very difficult to handle a continued surge. It also jeopardizes treatment of other non-COVID emergencies like accidents or heart attacks that require emergent care.

“If you are passionate about supporting law enforcement and first responders, the best thing you can do is get vaccinated. If you support small business and growing small business, the best thing your can do is get vaccinated. If you love this country, get vaccinated, because this thing is hurting  us, and the  long-term effects of this I shudder to think about.”

Jonathan Mccollar, Mayor, City of Statesboro

Region J has 1,005 general inpatient beds in use out of 1,086 total beds, or 92.54%

Region J has 208 ICU beds in use out of a total of 231 total ICU beds, or 90.04%.

Region J has 321 ED beds in use out of 329 total beds, or 97.57%

Vaccinated should now wear mask inside

In areas with substantial and high transmission (which includes Bulloch County, the CDC recommends that everyone (including fully vaccinated individuals) wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent spread of COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

Vaccines are Free and CONFIDENTIAL

Grice Connect, due to a large request for information on how and where to get vaccines, has coordinated with two local pharmacies to give FREE – CONFIDENTIAL – SAFE COVID-19 vaccines.

With COVID-19 numbers climbing, hospitalizations, ICU and Vent patients nearing capacity, now is time to get vaccinated.

All you have to do is walk up and tell them Grice Connect sent you.


Forest Heights Pharmacy – 4439 Country Club Road, Statesboro, GA 30458 – 912-489-7979

Moderna (2 shots) and Johnson and Johnson (1 shot and done) 8:30 am to 6 pm

McCook’s Pharmacy – 23630 US-80, Statesboro, GA 30461 – 912-764-2223

  • Moderna (2 shots) 9:00 am to 6 pm
  • Pfizer (2 shots – 12 and up) 12 pm to 6 pm

Unvaccinated Accounting for Majority of Hospitalizations and Deaths

PBS: The DPH looked at what it calls “breakthrough cases.” That’s people who got sick and in very few cases died, even though they were fully vaccinated. 

Comparing those numbers to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention records of COVID-19 cases and deaths, a little more than 98% of the over 335,000 COVID cases recorded in the study period were among the unvaccinated. 

The same is true with COVID deaths. Over 99% of the 9,000-plus people who died of the disease in the past seven months were also unvaccinated.

Additionally, every one of the 24 breakthrough deaths was of someone older than 60. Over half of them, 15 total, were older than 80.

Of the nearly 165 million people who’ve been fully vaccinated in the US, at least 125,000 (or 0.08%) have tested positive for Covid-19 and 1,400 (less than 0.001%) have died, according to an NBC News analysis of infections in 38 states. There are caveats—12 states’ data is missing and asymptomatic infections are also likely slipping by unnoticed—but the numbers show that the vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious illness from Covid-19. 


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 an important member of the GC team. We will continue to update and adapt the data in this report to make it relevant. We have shifted our emphasis to vaccinations, while continuing to provide daily Coroncavirus impact.

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DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...