Welcome to the daily COVID report. By popular demand, we are back, compliments of Omicron. For weeks we have been spared in Bulloch county. We watched as the new Omicron variant, combined with the Delta variant, spread rapidly across the country.
There was false hope that we would be spared. The answer is in and it is conclusively no Bulloch will not be spared. COVID numbers are rising rapidly again. Now we turn our hope that this variant is milder and weaker than the Delta. Time will tell. But if northern Georgia Counties are any indication, we will see hospital admissions rise rapidly as well.
Oral Antibodies for COVID treatment
The only pharmacy in Statesboro to receive the initial doses of the new COVID-19 oral antiviral treatments is Forest Heights Pharmacy located at 4439 Country Club Road in Statesboro. Forest Heights Pharmacy is affiliated with the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Group which has received the allocation of the oral COVID treatment. They anticipate recievind the medication on Tuesday, January 4, 2022. CLICK HERE for more information on this treatment.
Local businesses are reporting high numbers of employees out sick due to COVID exposure. Many of them are already short staffed due to colleges being out for the holiday break. Please keep this in mind and be very patient with local businesses. The next few weeks are going to be very challenging for them as positive COVID numbers continue to rise rapidly.
It is time to increase precautions, especially if you are not vaccinated and fall into one of the high risk categories. With the spread this fast, you must assume that at least one person in a small crowd is positive.
COVID testing options
At home COVID test kits are very hard to find. Urgent cares are very busy and are reporting heavy COVID testing. Most are now testing by appointment.
McCooks Pharmacy and Forest Heights pharmacy have limited supplies of very hard to find at home test kits. Local pharmacies seem to have a good supply of in pharmacy test. These nor the at home test are covered by insurance at this time.
The only free COVID testing is the Mako Medical testing site downtown. It is a send out PCR test and it will take a day or so to get results back. Click here to register for a free COVID test at the Mako Medical testing site.
Bulloch COVID report
In this daily COVID report EGRMC has 11 COVID patients in the hospital today. 1 EGRMC patients is sick enough to require vents.
EGRMC ICU capacity is very high at 95%. These are not COVID patients but patients with high acuity. This is concerning as the COVID numbers rise.
GA DPH reported 82 new COVID cases since yesterday.
GA DPH is reporting 0 COVID deaths since yesterday for Bulloch County.
225 Bulloch county citizens total have died of COVID since the pandemic began.
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Georgia DPH Information
Rapid Antigen COVID Testing:
At home COVID test are available at local pharmacies.
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
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.
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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