From Amber Schmidtke, PhD Georgia COVID digest:

Thankfully, the delta wave continues to recede from Georgia, but not without a heavy human toll. This week we saw the following changes in the metrics shown in the graph below:

  • Cases declined by 24%
  • Hospital admissions declined by 27%
  • ICU admissions declined by 27%
  • Deaths declined by 16%

Despite these improvements, Georgia is still ranked #6 in the nation for new 7-day death rate per 100,000 and #6 for confirmed COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100 beds according to the HHS Community Profile Report (dated 30Sep2021).

In addition, 92.5% of ICU beds are occupied in the state and 43% of those occupied beds are filled by COVID-19 patients, again according to the HHS Community Profile Report.

So while things do appear to be on the right track, it is important to remember that COVID-19 continues to place a significant burden on hospitals and we should do all within our power to limit disease transmission through vaccination, universal and appropriate mask wear, social distancing, etc.

Sunday’s Report

EGRMC COVID patient census dropped below 20 yesterday for the first time in months.

EGRMC has 18 COVID patients in the hospital. 12 EGRMC patients are sick enough to require vents.

GA DPH does not report cases or deaths on the weekend.

DPH is reporting a total of 174 Bulloch county citizens who have died of COVID since the pandemic began.


Region J accounts for 13 hospitals from Savannah to Brunswick. See full list below.


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.

95% of ALL COVID patients at EGRMC are NOT VACCINATED

Credit: Squashing the Spread Bulloch


CLICK HERE FOR ANSWERS TO COVID TESTING QUESTIONS

CLICK HERE FOR FULL LIST OF FREE VACCINE LOCATIONS


FREE PCR 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

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.

FREE COVID TESTING DOWNTOWN STATESBORO

Downtown FREE COVID-19 Testing Location

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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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...