New Phases 01 14 2021
New guidelines issued for vaccination schedules
BURGAW- Upon the arrival of the first shipments of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Pender County Health Department has administered nearly 1000 vaccinations to health care workers caring for COVID patients, staff responsible for cleaning COVID-19 areas, and residents 75 years or older. Those receiving the first round of the vaccine have been scheduled for their second round 28 days later.
“We schedule appointments in conjunction with the supply of vaccine that we receive from the state,” said Carolyn Moser. “We are following the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) guidelines, which prioritizes groups by age, vocation, and high risk of exposure.”
Moser stressed the health department will not move to the next phase and group without meeting the needs of the current phase in which they are vaccinating, Phase 1 b, Group 1.
All appointments for the week of January 11 are filled.
“We are asking residents in Phase 1 b, Group 1, to call the health department and leave their name and number. We will return their call to schedule an appointment. However, the number of patients we can see will be dependent upon how many doses of the vaccine we receive in the next shipments,” explained Moser.
According to health department staff, interest in receiving the COVID-19 vaccination has been overwhelming. The department has added multiple phone lines to accept calls. If residents receive a busy signal, please call back.
The health department number is 910-259-1230.
The Count On Me NC program is focused on providing the necessary knowledge and information needed to manage COVID-19 within businesses as restrictions are relaxed. These free courses provide a consistent approach based on state and national guidelines. The voluntary program is designed to incorporate the best available science in social and physical distancing, employee health and cleaning, sanitizing and disinfection and is presented in an easy format in both English and Spanish. Each of these short training sessions are under 30 minutes and delivered online in an engaging and interactive format. Participating businesses will be recognized on the website CountOnMeNC.org
On May 5th, Governor Cooper modified North Carolina’s Stay At Home Executive Order, transitioning the state to Phase 1 of slowly easing COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order 138 begins on Friday, May 8 at 5:00 pm.
Highlights of Phase 1 include:
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) created several materials to help businesses navigate Phase 1, including:
DHHS also previewed a new campaign, Know Your Ws! While North Carolinians should still stay home, if they go out, they should know their Ws: Wear. Wait. Wash.
RALEIGH, N.C. – (April 6, 2020) Governor Roy Cooper issued a proclamation declaring April Alcohol Awareness Month in North Carolina. The proclamation coincides with a nationwide effort to educate Americans about the dangers of alcoholism and issues related to alcohol… all while families are staying home together.
Talk It Out NC, a state-sponsored initiative to reduce underage drinking, is taking the opportunity to encourage families in North Carolina to start the conversation about underage drinking. The program is launching several new initiatives to reduce the underage drinking problem in our state.
Right now, when families are home together, is an opportune time in the fight against underage drinking. Talk It Out ambassadors are making virtual appearances across the stateto help families tackle what can sometimes seem like a daunting discussion.
“Students are home from school right now, and many of their parents are home from work — it’s the perfect time for families to talk about the consequences of underage drinking,” says Deputy Director of Education and Outreach for the ABC Commission Jim Van Hecke. “At the same time, Talk It Out is honoring Alcohol Awareness Month by encouraging students to Take the Pledge against underage drinking through several new initiatives.”
Talk It Out is acknowledging Alcohol Awareness Month with engaging posts on all its social media platforms. These posts encourage families to talk about alcohol and keep the lines of communication open.
Talk It Out is also working with the North Carolina Association of ABC Boards to share information about an alcohol education project with the public. It is part of the Boards’ mission to ensure members of the public are well informed about the societal issues related to the consumption of alcohol.
Although attendance at schools and churches is on hold right now, Talk It Out is planning for the future. The program is in the process of organizing school-based and faith-based initiatives for future engagement opportunities. Talk It Out’s ambassadors will connect with schools and churches in their communities to talk about underage drinking.
April is also Alcohol Responsibility Month, and Talk It Out is partnering with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (Responsibility.org) to eliminate underage drinking. The Foundation released encouraging statistics that result from positive conversations between parents and their kids about alcohol:
Talk It Out encourages families to keep the lines of communication about underage drinking open with helpful tips.
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To learn more visit: www.talkitoutnc.org
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COVID-19 Federal Rural Resource Guide
USDA and its Federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. These programs can support recovery efforts for rural residents, businesses and communities through:
• technical, training, and management assistance;
• financial assistance; and • state and local assistance.
This resource matrix organizes funding opportunities identified in the CARES Act and other federal resources that can help support rural America. Opportunities are categorized by customer and assistance type.
For more information on the immediate actions USDA is taking to respond to COVID-19, visit usda.gov/coronavirus.