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Thursday, January 21, 2021

Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
These numbers are for 21JAN. No data was reported on 20JAN due to the COVID vaccine clinic.
as of 1/21/21 at 8:36 PM

New positives - 4
New recovered - 20
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1370
Total Recovered - 1308
Total Deaths - 14
Total Active - 48

NC SERT Leader Update
NCDOT and NCDHHS Announce Solution to Help Fund Transit Rides to and from COVID-19 Vaccine Sites: The NC Department of Transportation and the NC Department of Health and Human Services will distribute approximately $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding to local transit agencies
across the state to help individuals pay for needed transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more here
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NCDHHS is Hiring: Our partners with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will hold its first Statewide Virtual Job Fair on Tuesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., for those looking to work with the state. Jobseekers will have an opportunity to speak with recruiters and learn about clinical and professional job openings. Online Registration for this virtual event is required. If interested, but are not able to attend the fair, NCDHHS job openings are posted online at the NC Office of State Human Resources. Filters to search by department, location and job category are available.

SBA PPP Forms Released: The Small Business Administration (SBA) released a number of documents last night, including the long-awaited Interim Final Rule on the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness Requirements and Loan Review Procedures, new forgiveness forms for PPP loans, and the Borrower’s Disclosure of Certain Controlling Interests. Links to the documents:

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
 

Mon, Jan18th
as of 1/18/21 at 5:50 PM

New positives - 24
New recovered - 28
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1355
Total Recovered - 1272
Total Deaths - 14
Total Active - 69

Tues, Jan 19th
as of 1/19/21 at 7:36 PM

New positives - 11
New recovered - 16
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1366
Total Recovered - 1288
Total Deaths - 14
Total Active - 64

Local EM Update form Jeff Howell
I'm hoping it's obvious the balance between positives and negatives has trended in a more favorable direction. I don't have enough mental bandwidth to do much analysis of the data. In a nut shell, we are doing much better.

We had an extraordinarily successful vaccine clinic on Tues and Wed. I believe just over 800 vaccinations were administered in just two days. I have to admit, I didn't think it could be done, but the staff and volunteers at the Yancey County Health Dept came through in a big way. Unfortunately, once news of the clinic hit social media and the larger media outlets got hold of it, the response from neighboring counties was much more than it should have been. Although FEMA requires the vaccine to be given to anyone in need, they do not require that it be advertised broadly. For future clinics we will have a different marketing approach to limit the number of people who "ain't from around here" - meaning non-residents of Yancey County. Of course, we want to help others anytime we can, but I'm a firm believer in taking care of your friends, family, and neighbors first. I can't imagine taking food off my family's plate to feed someone who has the means to buy their own food, but would rather take what belongs to me.

 NC SERT Leader Update
COVID-19 Initial Assessment Report: FEMA’s Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Initial Assessment Report evaluates FEMA’s COVID-19 response operations. The report identifies key findings in five areas and provides targeted recommendations based on the findings. The report covers January 2020 through September 2020, and primarily focuses on the March 18, 2020, through September 30, 2020, timeframe when FEMA was designated lead for federal operations coordination. The report does not evaluate other federal agencies or state, local, tribal or territorial partners. The Initial Assessment Report is a collaborative product of the agency across all 10 FEMA regions and field offices in the affected states, tribes and territories. Learn more here.

Procedural Notices for PPP: On Friday, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released two new procedural notices for the Paycheck Protection Program.

Over the weekend, the SBA released guidance on calculating the maximum loan amounts for First Draw PPP loans and what documentation is required for different types of businesses.

Girl Scout Cookies: The pandemic will not get in the way of people's Girl Scout cookie cravings. In a time when people can have groceries, furniture and lunch delivered to their doors, Girl Scout cookies are jumping in on the contact-free delivery trend. The Girl Scouts of the USA announced it has partnered with Grubhub to deliver cookies in select locations. Visit www.grubhub.com/food/girl_scouts to find out if and when contact-free delivery from Grubhub is available in your area. You can also contact your local council
for more information. Consumers can support Girl Scouts by purchasing cookies in a few different ways:

  • Visit www.girlscoutcookies.org, text COOKIES to 59618 (message and data rates may apply. Text STOPGS for STOP, HELPGS for help),
  • Use the official Girl Scout Cookie Finder app for free on iOS
    or Android devices to find socially distant or contact-free cookie booths if they are available in your area.
  • Beginning February 1, enter your zip code into the Girl Scout Cookie Finder at www.girlscoutcookies.org to purchase from a local Girl Scout troop online for shipment to your door or to donate cookies to first responders and local causes.
Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Yancey Co Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 1/12/21 as of 7:31 PM

New positives - 18
New recovered - 26
New Deaths - 1
Total Positives - 1312
Total Recovered - 1123
Total Deaths - 13
Total Active - 176

Local EM Update
On January 11th we had the lowest number of new positive cases on a Monday since November 9th. Yesterday marked the second consecutive day with more newly recovered persons than new positive persons. This is very encouraging, but we cannot let our guard down. 
 
NC SERT Leader Update
Vaccine Utilization Rates Report: See attached recent white paper, An Early Assessment of Vaccine Utilization Rates, which looks at recent vaccination processes with specific attention to supply and demand networks from the FEMA-NIC Supply chain Resilience Tech Assistance Program. Philip Palin is the Subject-Matter-Expert on the work.

The assessment suggests that the current problem with vaccination speed is much more a matter of demand management rather than supply or distribution. Three independent observers confirm the need to give much more attention to demand. The suggested strategic option is in line with what North Carolina already has in place: To vaccinate our most vulnerable sources of demand and our most influential sources of supply as quickly and effectively as possible to reduce the overall network of vulnerabilities.

Our partners with DHHS have also created a video to encourage older North Carolinians to get vaccinated. This video and others are on our website YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov
 
Webinar on supporting small business for an inclusive and resilient recoveryThe Atlanta Fed is hosting a webinar on Thursday, January 14, 2021 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on small businesses across the southeast and emerging strategies that have been overserved across the southeast for building recovery, equity, and practices for small businesses. Register Here
 

IEDC to host webinar on Building Infrastructure: The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) will host a free economic development webinar on January 14, 2021 from 2:30pm-3:30pm entitled “Building Infrastructure: A Tangible Response to Big Issues.” Register Here

Monday, January 11, 2021

Yancey Co Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 6:17 PM 1/11/21

New positives - 22
New recovered - 32
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1294
Total Recovered - 1097
Total Deaths - 12
Total Active - 185

NC SERT Leader Update
COVID-19 Case Count for 1/11/21:

We are now at 629,124 cases in North Carolina. There are 3,843 people hospitalized with COVID-19. We have 7,578 confirmed deaths for North Carolina. There have been 7,611,324 completed tests. 

Homegrown Leaders Training: Friday, Jan. 15 is the deadline to register for N.C. Rural Center’s Homegrown Leaders economic and leadership development training. The virtual event is planned for Feb. 24-26. The training aims to reach a broad base of community leaders and emerging leaders from across many sectors, including healthcare, education, government, nonprofit, faith-based, small business and more. The training is made possible, in part, by a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant secured by the NCORR Resiliency Program. Learn more and apply online: https://www.ncruralcenter.org/leadership/homegrown-leaders/

NCRLA Grant Information: The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA) announced that is has secured a $172,115 grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to fund in-house positions at NCRLA, technical support, resources and assistance directly to restaurants and hotels impacted by Covid-19. They also established the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund to provide immediate financial assistance to the tens of thousands of cooks, servers, dishwashers, housekeepers and others who find themselves in financial distress. The NC Hospitality Education Foundation, governed by a board of trustees is a part of the review process for applicants, approving up to $500 in grant funds. For additional information to apply or donate: https://www.ncrestaurantrelief.com/

Friday, January 8, 2021

Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 1/7/21 at 9:57 PM

New positives - 50
New recovered - 15
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1263
Total Recovered - 1061
Total Deaths - 12
Total Active - 190

NC SERT Leader Update
COVID-19 Vaccines: The shot is a free and effective way to begin to rebuild our sense of community and the economy. Visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services online to learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccines. I urge you to remember that currently the supply of vaccine is not as high as it will be in the coming months. It’s hard to be patient but everyone needs to continue to wear a mask, wait six feet apart, and wash their hands. Let us continue to double down on prevention!

Monday, January 4, 2021

Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey County Health Dept)
as of 1/4/21 at 5:03 PM

New positives - 45
New recovered - 76
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1178
Total Recovered - 1027
Total Deaths - 11
Total Active - 140

NC SERT Leader Update

COVID-19 Vaccines: The shot is a free and effective way to begin to rebuild our sense of community and the economy. Visit the NC Department of Health and Human Services online to learn more about the COVID-19 Vaccines. I urge you to remember that currently the supply of vaccine is not as high as it will be in the coming months. It’s hard to be patient but everyone needs to continue to wear a mask, wait six feet apart, and wash their hands.

NCDHHS Reports New Record Highs on COVID-19 Key: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reported new records for COVID-19 key metrics for Jan. 1 and Jan. 2, 2021. This is not how we want to start the year. Let us continue to double down on prevention!

COVID-19 Case Count for 1/4/21: We are now at 570,111 cases in North Carolina. There are 3,635 people hospitalized with COVID-19. We have 6,941 confirmed deaths for North Carolina. There have been 7,119,201 completed tests.

Anyone with symptoms or anyone who thinks they have been exposed to COVID-19, whether or not they have symptoms, should be tested for COVID-19. While the CDC may have adjusted guidance on who should get tested, North Carolina has not changed its testing guidance. If you think you may need to be tested and would like to find a nearby testing place, go to Check My Symptoms and Find My Testing Place. To find short-term testing events in your community, visit the Pop-Up Testing Sites webpage . There are more than 600 testing sites available across the state.

Thursday, December 31, 2020 
Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 12/31/2020 at 4:46 PM

New positives - 18
New recovered - 37
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1133
Total Recovered - 951
Total Deaths - 11
Total Active - 171

 

Special Needs Concerns

NCEM Guidance on considerations of people with disabilities and other access and functional needs for COVID-19 (audience is emergency planners)

Information from North Carolina Dept. of Health and Human Services on COVID-19

Autism Society of NC 

5 Things to Know about Coronavirus and People with Disabilities (Forbes, 3/8/20) 

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) 

 Rocky Mountain ADA blog 

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