Monday March 22, 2021

Cabarrus This Week: 'Flood rescues require preparation, collaboration'

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'Flood rescues require preparation, collaboration'

1KB4K Reading Challenge: Literacy tips

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'Flood rescues require preparation, collaboration'
Each incident puts 10-15 responder lives on the line

Areas of Cabarrus County periodically experience major flooding during times of intense rainfall, leading to impassable roads and bridges, and sometimes even the evacuation of homes and businesses.

That threat means local first responders must stay prepared for possible life-saving situations.

In the video below, we talked with Byron Blackwelder, Chief of Georgeville Volunteer Fire Department, about his decades of experience with area flooding and how his department stays ready to respond..


1KB4K Reading Challenge: Literacy tips

Cabarrus County libraries recently launched a new reading initiative for young children called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K). While a thousand books may seem daunting, our local librarians are here with a few tips to help you and your child along the way. Share tips and resources from @CabarrusCountyLibrary on Facebook and Instagram.


COVID-19 
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Have you been fully vaccinated? 

Remember, you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after your single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). 


Residents (including those who have received their first and second vaccine) are encouraged to continue practicing the 3W's:
• Wear a mask
• Wait 6 feet apart
• Wash your hands often


To learn about all the recommendations for those that are fully vaccinated, visit the CDC's vaccination site. Following the NC Department of Health and Human Services phased rollout plan of prioritized vaccinations groups, health officials expanded clinic operations to include night hours and one additional clinic. 

Frontline essential workers in Group 3 are now eligible for vaccination. 

Gov. Cooper also outlined an expected timeline for Group 4 vaccinations. Beginning on March 17, people in Group 4 who have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk of serious illness and people who live in certain congregate settings will be eligible for vaccination. The rest of Group 4, which includes other essential workers, will become eligible on April 7. (See Deeper Dive for additional detail

CHA vaccination update

The Cabarrus Health Alliance had record-breaking vaccination numbers last week--more than 1,250 education and child care workers received their first dose.

Following the NC Department of Health and Human Services phased rollout plan of prioritized vaccinations groups, health officials expanded clinic operations to include night hours and one additional clinic.

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➡ Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Cabarrus County

Cabarrus Health Alliance COVID-19 vaccine groups -- Current as of 3/4/2021

As distribution is made available locally, Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), our local public health authority, is working to vaccinate individuals that identify as Group 1, Group 2, Group 3 and Group 4A. Definitions below.

GROUP 1:

  • Healthcare workers with in-person patient contact
  • Long-term care staff and residents, people in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes and continuing care retirement communities

GROUP 2:

  • Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation

GROUP 3:

GROUP 4:

  • People who are at higher risk due to medical conditions and those who live in certain congregate settings

As vaccines are made available, qualified individuals can schedule an appointment at www.cabarrushealth.org/vaccineclinics.

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