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Wednesday, March 3, 2021 

Local EM Update
Due to the drastic decrease in COVID testing and cases in our county, the Yancey County Health Department will no longer provide daily/weekly numbers and instead focus on providing vaccine to our citizens. If this trend begins to change, they will resume the reporting.

Where do you fit in Group 3?
Please take a look at the Deeper Dive page on NCDHHS at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/find-your-spot-take-your-shot/deeper-dive-group-3#frontline-essential-worker-frontline-essential-worker
for more information.

NC SERT Leader Update
NCDHHS Updates Guidance for K-12 Schools, Instructs Schools to Open for In-person Instruction: K-12 schools are expected to open for in-person instruction for K-12 students following the StongSchoolsNC
health guidance released today by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Recognizing the growing harms to children who are out of school and relying solely on remote instruction – including negative impacts on academics, mental health and food insecurity – the department’s updated guidance instructs schools to offer in-person learning to the fullest extent possible while following all public health protocols. Read more here
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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 
 Yancey County Numbers 15-19FEB

New positives - 14
New recovered - 23
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1487
Total Recovered - 1461
Total Deaths - 26
Total Active - 0

NC SERT Leader Update

COVID-19 Case Count for 2/22/21: We are now at 844,770 cases in North Carolina with a 6.2% positive rate for new tests added today. There are 1,567 people hospitalized with COVID-19 and 1,796 in intensive care units with COVID-19. There have been more than 9.96 million completed tests and 10,934 confirmed deaths in North Carolina with 114 new deaths reported since Friday.

There are 795,521 people presumed recovered as of 22 February 2021. It is important to remember this calculation is a rough estimate, and is updated each Monday.

The full data dashboard with all of our metrics and reports is available here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard

Vaccines Administered: Providers across North Carolina have administered 2,090,523 doses. This includes 187,193 administered through the Federal Long-Term Care Program and 1,903,330 by NC providers (1,226,758 first doses and 676,572 second doses).

Vaccine Location Tool: Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services interactive Vaccine Site Locator. Remember, when it is your turn to get the vaccine, You Have a Spot, So Take the Shot.

NCDHHS Updates County Alert System, Shows Progress: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today updated the COVID-19 County Alert System, which shows 27 red counties — a decrease from 61 red counties on the previous Feb. 4 County Alert System — and the fewest red counties in the state since the start of the County Alert System.
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Beginning this week, numbers will be reported once per week. The first installment will cover 13-19FEB. The Health department will still be keeping up with the daily totals, but given the recent decline in positives and deaths and all the other work they have to do regarding vaccinations, appointments, etc...., it just makes more sense to dial things back a little bit. In the event of a spike or some other significant event, that will be reportedly right away.

I will continue to pass along Director Sprayberry's NC SERT Leader Updates and occasional local updates. If you have information regarding local COVID events, resources, etc... you would like for me to share, please forward those to me and I will get them into the daily update as soon as I can.

Monday, February 15, 2021 
Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey County Health Dept)
as of 2/15/21 at 11:38 AM
New positives - 5
New recovered - 10
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1473
Total Recovered - 1438
Total Deaths - 26
Total Active - 9
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 
 Yancey Co Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 2/10/21 at 6:54 PM

New positives - 2
New recovered - 1
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1468
Total Recovered - 1428
Total Deaths - 26
Total Active - 13
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 

 Yancey County Numbers (Courtesy Yancey Co Health Dept)
as of 2/9/21 at 5:34 PM

New positives - 7
New recovered - 6
New Deaths - 0
Total Positives - 1466
Total Recovered - 1427
Total Deaths - 26
Total Active - 13

Local EM Update
If you've been following the numbers, you have noticed that over the past seven days we have not had a single day with double digit positives. That has only happened one other week since the first of October. Truthfully, the progress is likely a combination of a cultural change regarding Wait, Wash, Wear and so many people having had the virus over the past couple of months. As we get deeper and deeper into the vaccination phase of the pandemic, we should see even great effects. However, with the various mutations of the virus we can count on it eventually making its way to Yancey County. Rural mountain counties are typically 6-8 weeks behind Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, etc... If we see their numbers going back up as a result of the mutations, that's when it's time for us to double down on all our protective measures. If we are proactive and continue to focus on the mindless basics of Wait, Wear, Wash, we will have less of a battle on our hands.

NC SERT Leader Update
Community Health Centers Vaccination Program: President Biden announced a Community Health Centers Vaccination Program to launch next week and another increase in states, tribes, and territories’ vaccine supply. As the U.S. surpasses 26 million COVID-19 infections, President Biden is taking additional steps today to speed up vaccinations across the country. The President announced the launch of the Federally Qualified Health Center program that will provide more vaccines for Community Health Centers that are reaching our underserved and most vulnerable communities. The administration will increase the vaccine supply to states, Tribes, and territories by 5% over last week, for a total of a 28% increase since President Biden came into office three weeks ago. Read the Fact Sheet for more information.
 
Vaccine Location Tool: Visit the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services interactive Vaccine Site Locator. Remember, when it is your turn to get the vaccine, You Have a Spot, So Take the Shot.

 

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