STATESBORO, Ga. (WTOC) - Statesboro’s Mayor Jonathan McCollar addressed a recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Bulloch County.
In a Facebook post, the mayor said Bulloch County had reported 108 cases on June 15 and that number jumped to 219 cases on Wednesday, June 24. That's more than a 100 percent increase in new cases in less than two weeks.
Mayor McCollar is asking residents to take this seriously. The mayor said many Statesboro businesses have shut down due to potential and confirmed COVID-19 exposure and the mayor said he applauds those businesses. He also asked people to continue to support local restaurants but to get take-out instead.
County leaders say the jump in local cases can be attributed to several reasons. But no matter the reason, people should take this seriously.
Traffic marquees alert people how to get tested for COVID-19. The number of positive test results in Bulloch County doubled in roughly 10 days.
It jumped 13 cases since Wednesday. County leaders say that could be due to more and more people getting tested, it could also come from more people - local and from out of town - getting out and shopping and being around more people.
“People are carrying the virus out there and that’s why we need to be doing the things that the CDC and Public Health tell us to do every day when we go out,” said Ted Wynn, with Bulloch County Public Safety.
He urges people to practice social distancing, using delivery or curbside pickup versus sitting in a crowded restaurant and wearing masks - to protect yourself and protect others if you're an asymptomatic carrier.
“If I wear one, I’m protecting you. If we both wear one, we’re protecting each other,” Wynn said.
He says prevention, testing, and treatment will help minimize the spread.