BULLOCH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - Plenty of people expected COVID-19 case numbers to increase over the holidays. But now, in mid-January, city and county leaders are more than eager to see them drop back down.
The county reported 46 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 4,173 confirmed cases so far.
“There’s a high infection rate out there. We’re at about 30 percent over the last two weeks,” Bulloch County Public Safety Director Ted Wynn said.
“That is very alarming, especially when you look at what that can do to our local medical infrastructure,” Statesboro Mayor Jonathan McCollar said.
Statesboro’s East Georgia Regional Medical Center reports 28 COVID patients with nine on ventilators.
Both men say the return of 20,000 Georgia Southern students to town this month has helped drive numbers higher.
When asked if there is a date circled on a calendar where they hope numbers will drop, they responded, they’ve looked at that week of the 27th to be a very strategic point. They say as soon as Friday they could announce a new spot for testing separate from the health department’s vaccine location. Both urge people to get tested.
“If you’re showing symptoms, please self-quarantine until you get your test results back.”
“It’s still a very dangerous virus and we’ve got to remain vigilant. Wear your mask, wash your hands, and socially distance.”