Newsletter from the Coastal Health District (July 16, 2021)

The following information is courtesy of the Georgia Department of Public Health Coastal Health District

Weekly Update for 7.16.21

COVID-19 Cases and Hospitalizations on the Rise

If you stopped tracking local COVID-19 transmission rates in early summer, when the spread was rapidly slowing and hospitalizations were low, you might think our area is still enjoying a post-COVID return to normal.

Unfortunately, there is nothing "post-COVID" about current trends.

Transmission rates are rising again throughout our District, and rising sharply in some communities. Six of our 8 counties now have transmission rates in the "high" category. In Camden County, where the vaccination rate is under 30%, the COVID case rate has tripled in just the last two weeks. 

Hospitalizations are increasing, too. “We are very concerned about the increase in the number of positive COVID-19 cases and the number of hospitalized patients,” said Michael D. Scherneck, president and CEO of the Southeast Georgia Health System. “We had hoped when the vaccine became available to everyone over age 12 we’d see a dramatic reduction in the number of positive cases. Our numbers did decline for a few weeks, but now our COVID-19 volumes have risen again.”

There are likely several reasons for the increases. “People are gathering and traveling more, there are fewer restrictions in place, and the more contagious delta variant is circulating,” said Angela Hartley, Clinical Director for the Coastal Health District. “When you combine these factors and our low vaccination rate, it’s not surprising to see this jump in cases. We really need more people to get vaccinated.”

Free COVID-19 vaccine is available at every county health department in the Coastal Health District, at various mobile clinics, at many local healthcare facilities, and at many pharmacies.

For information about vaccination opportunities with the Coastal Health District, visit or call 912-230-5506.

Pfizer vaccines are available on the Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus each Monday from 8 am-1 pm, and on the Brunswick Campus each Tuesday from 8 am-1 pm. Appointments can be scheduled online

For other vaccination locations, visit

“For those of the ‘wait and see’ mindset, we urge you to get the vaccine now,” said Scherneck. “Even if you believe you’re healthy enough to withstand the illness, get the vaccine to protect your loved ones and your community.” 


Mobile Clinics in the Coastal Health District

The Coastal Health District and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort) have several mobile vaccination clinics scheduled in the coming weeks.

These pop-up vaccination clinics are open to anyone age 12 and older, and there is no cost for vaccine. You can pre-register for an appointment, but walk-ups are also welcome.

  • MedBank
    836 East 65th St., Savannah
    Saturday, July 17, 1p-4p
  • Paynes Chapel AME
    2200 Albany St., Brunswick
    Sunday, July 18, 10a - 2p
  • Shuman Recreation Center
    800 Tupelo Trail, Hinesville
    Mon. & Tues., July 19 & 20, 9a-2p
  • Keller's Flea Market
    5901 Ogeechee Rd., Savannah
    Sat., July 24, 12p-4p
  • National Night Out
    91 Lanier St., Pembroke
    Tues., July 27, 6p-8p
  • Cypress Bay Baptist Church
    281 Charles Shuman Rd., Pembroke
    Wednesday, July 28, 10a-2p
  • Jasper Spring Church
    62 Smith Ave., Savannah
    Saturday, July 10, 1p-4p
  • IGA Supermarket
    84 U.S. 84, Ludowici
    Wed., August 4, 9a-1p
  • College of Coastal Georgia
    1 College Drive, Brunswick
    Thursday, August 19, 9a-2p
More Info about Mobile Vaccine Clinics

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