Important message from Ted Wynn, Director of Bulloch County Public Safety and EMA: The number of COVID patients today at EGRMC, and the number of COVID transports EMS is handling today is very concerning. The number of deaths are rising also. We are heading into something that may be unsustainable. We can do better as a community and squash this spread.
- Get the Vaccine if you are eligible
- Watch your distance, and wash your hands
- Wear a mask when in close contact with people and indoors
You or a loved one’s life may depend on it.
Record 73 COVID patients at EGRMC
GA DPH reported 1 COVID deaths today. We entered August with 122 total deaths. Today we are at 132 total deaths. That is an increase of 10 so far in August.
EGRMC has 73 COVID patients in the hospital. 18 are sick enough to require ventilators. This is a record high number of COVID patients in the hospital and on vents at EGRMC.
GA DPH reported 6882 confirmed cases and 2623 positive antigen/rapid tests to date on the DPH website. That is an increase of 116 positive COVID cases in the past 24 hours)
Region J has only 12 total ICU beds available out of 13 hospitals including Savannah and Brunswick. They are reporting 251 ICU beds in use out of a total of 271 total ICU beds, or 92.62%. They have increased ICU bed capacity by 10.
Region J has only 103 inpatient beds available out of 13 hospitals including Savannah and Brunswick. They are reporting 955 general inpatient beds in use out of 1,058 total beds, or 90.26%. They have increased total bed capacity by 89.
Region J accounts for 13 hospitals from Savannah to Brunswick. See full list below.
Statesboro Mayor Visits EGRMC sees first hand strain on healthcare workers
Hospitals nearing capacity
EGRMC ICU, like all hospitals in the region, are reporting ICU beds at or near capacity. Keep in mind this is a very fluid situation. But indicates the level of stress they are under in managing critical patients.
Area and regional hospitals are also at or near capacity. Smaller feeder hospitals in Claxton, Metter, Reidsville and Sylvania are also at capacity. They are struggling with a high number of very sick patients with limited or no beds in larger hospitals.
Healthcare worker stress VERY HIGH
Grice Connect is hearing from healthcare workers who are not sure how much more they can take. They are baffled that no one in Statesboro and Bulloch County seem to believe what is really happening inside our hospital.
They are frustrated by the fact that this many people didn’t have to be sick. If citizens would listen to their doctors and get the vaccine. We can stop this madness.
Read the full story below along with two other stores addressing nursing shortage and healthcare workers fatigue.
Grice Connect: Statesboro – Bulloch our Nurses, Doctors, Paramedics & All Frontline Healthcare workers need our help NOW!
Georgia Health Network: As low vaccination rate fuels surge, Georgia hospital workers feel frustration, fatigue
The Georgia Department of Health is reporting NO REPORT ON WEEKEND FOR COVID positive cases in Bulloch. A positivity test rate of 34.42% means testing is tremendously inadequate. A positive rate below 5% indicates adequate testing. This indicates there are MANY MORE cases than are being reported.
All local pediatrician offices are reporting overwhelming demand. They have been flooded with calls from parents wanting appointments or a doctors note so their children can return to school. Here are some helpful recommendations provided on Bulloch Pediatrics Facebook Page:
This is a confusing and honestly, kind of scary, time. So we’re BACK! With pediatricians answering your toughest questions about the delta variant, kids and COVID, breakthrough infections, masks and more. Find answers! Go to https://t.co/YoipUbQzaz to watch, share and learn. pic.twitter.com/cH79sJsZ5S— Rhea Boyd MD, MPH (@RheaBoydMD) August 19, 2021
- Children who have a known exposure to COVID but are asymptomatic DO NOT need a physician’s note to return to school.
- Per the BOE guidelines, it is your choice as a parent whether or not to quarantine your child.
- If you decide to quarantine them and they remain symptom-free, you can return them to school at any time without a doctor’s excuse.
- Children who are symptomatic and are sent home from school must quarantine for 10 days.
- If a parent believes that their illness is not due to Covid, they can return before 10 days with a doctor’s excuse.
- ALL CHILDREN WITH CLASSIC COVID SYMPTOMS WILL BE REFERRED TO A TESTING CENTER.
- A positive test will result in your child needing to quarantine for the entire 10 days.
- If your child tests negative and their symptoms have resolved, doctors will provide an excuse for your child to return to school as long as the test was a PCR (send out) test.
- If your child’s Covid test is negative and they are still having symptoms, we will try to bring them into the office to determine the cause of the symptoms and then determine if they are able to return to school.
- In most cases the symptoms doctors are seeing in children are mild and therefore, they are asking parents to simply keep their children at home and monitor them.
FREE PCR COVID TESTING:
STATESBORO WALGREENS IS NOT DOING FREE COVID TESTING
DPH downtown Free testing is available first come Monday Through Friday, 8 AM to 3 PM. However you must be preregistered to get a COVID test. You may call 1-855-473-4374, and a DPH agent will assist you with registration. You can also register online by clicking here.
Once you are registered you can go to the testing site located in the parking lot located on the East Side of Railroad Street between Hill St and Courtland Street under a white drive thru tent.
This is a PCR test which takes 3 to 5 days to get the results.
Rapid Antigen COVID Testing:
All urgent cares and most doctors offices and pharmacies have rapid testing capability. However these are not free. Insurance will cover the test if it is performed in a doctors office or urgent care.
Insurance will not pay for test done in a pharmacy. Test begin at $75. You get the results in about 15 minutes for rapid tests.
EGRMC IS NOT DOING COIVD TESTING AT THE HOSPITAL OR IN THE EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT
The vast number of COVID patients who are hospitalized are unvaccinated. This surge could have been defeated early with citizens getting a vaccine. But now, healthcare, EMS and front line workers are exhausted and overwhelmed. If you want this to end, the best way to help now is to wear a mask, especially indoors and GET VACCINATED.
Majority of Georgia Hospitalizations and Deaths during the Unvaccinated Surge are Unvaccinated
Bulloch County EMS asking that you only utilize EMS in a true emergency. Their resources continues being stretched to the limit. PLEASE UTILIZE 911 AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY.
EXPECT LONG WAIT TIMES AT ALL AREA EMERGENCY DEPARTMENTS AND URGENT CARE. ONE TO THREE HOUR WAIT TIMES NOW DUE TO SURGE.
PLEASE DO NOT GO TO EGRMC E.D. FOR COVID TESTING.
East Georgia Regional Medical Center (EGRMC) in Statesboro is asking for citizens to NOT go to the E.D. for COVID testing. They are conserving testing supplies for their patients. COVID testing options are listed below in this report.
Grice Connect is receiving reports of over three hour wait times at area E.D.’s and over one hour wait times at Urgent cares.
All schools (including colleges) reported 141 new COVID cases last week in Bulloch County.
Vaccinated should now wear mask inside
In areas with substantial and high transmission (which includes Bulloch County https://dph.georgia.gov/county-indicator-reports), 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.
FREE COVID TESTING DOWNTOWN STATESBORO
The Southeast Health District has expanded FREE COVID-19 testing at the downtown Statesboro location to daily testing. The testing location is in the parking lot located on the East Side of Railroad Street between Hill St and Courtland Street under a white drive thru tent.
Test are available now Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., Last Saturday of the month from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.
To schedule an appointment at the downtown COVID-19 testing site, you may call 1-855-473-4374, and a DPH agent will assist you. You can also schedule an appointment online by clicking here.
FREE and CONFIDENTIAL VACCINES
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 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.
FREE – CONFIDENTIAL – SAFE COVID-19 VACCINE lOCATIONS
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
CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST OF FREE VACCINE LOCATIONS – Please get vaccinated today
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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