From Amber Schmidtke, PhD weekly Georgia COVID report: It was a big week for COVID-19 in Georgia. The state broke records for the number of patients hospitalized for COVID-19 (called patient census), there were three new pediatric deaths newly reported, and the state passed the grim milestone of 20,000 confirmed deaths due to the pandemic so far.
Despite that, there may be some good news with this week’s data. I’ll explain as we go. Below, you can see the graph that measures how four big COVID-19 metrics have shifted over time: weekly totals for cases, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths.
Compared to last week, this week we saw the metrics change by the following amounts:
- Cases rose by only 1.5%
- Hospital admissions decreased by 6%
- ICU admissions increased by 7.3%
- Deaths rose by 60%
EGRMC has 63 COVID patients in the hospital. 20 are sick enough to require ventilators.
GA DPH does not report cases or deaths over the weekend.
Majority of Georgia Hospitalizations and Deaths during the Unvaccinated Surge are Unvaccinated
The vast number of COVID patients who are hospitalized are unvaccinated. The best way to provide relief to our healthcare, EMS and front line workers who are exhausted and overwhelmed is to get vaccinated. Please do your part, wear a mask, especially indoors and GET VACCINATED.
Region J has only 11 total ICU beds available out of 13 hospitals including Savannah and Brunswick.
Region J has 260 ED beds in use out of 344 total beds, or 75.58%
Region J has 256 ICU beds in use out of a total of 267 total ICU beds, or 95.88%.
Region J has 854 general inpatient beds in use out of 984 total beds, or 86.79%
Region J accounts for 13 hospitals from Savannah to Brunswick. See full list below.
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
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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