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Chatham County Public Health Director Mike Zelek Offers Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

The County Posted This Notice on Their website on 01/07/2021 at 5:43 PM

The following statement is attributed to Mike Zelek, Chatham County Public Health Director:

“The Chatham County Public Health Department has received a great deal of interest in the COVID-19 vaccine over the last several days, and we are encouraged to see so many are ready to roll up their sleeves. This process is in its early stages, and it will take several months to get the vaccine to all who want it.

“We continue to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to members of Phase 1a, according to the state’s prioritization guidance. This group includes health care workers caring for and working directly with patients with COVID-19 and those supporting vaccine efforts. At the same time, we are compiling a list of individuals in Phase 1b, group 1 (adults aged 75 or older) who want the vaccine. To be added to this list, visit www.chathamnc.org/vaccinetool and complete the form. Additionally, we will be sharing a COVID-19 vaccine hotline for Chatham County shortly.

“We are beginning to schedule appointments with those on this list who qualify under Phase 1b, group 1. This process will take several weeks to reach all interested due to limited resources, and we appreciate your patience. We will also be working with other vaccine providers to get this group vaccinated as quickly as possible.

“CCPHD will be conducting these vaccinations by appointment only, due to limited supply of doses and to avoid crowds that may lead to spread of COVID-19. COVID-19 cases continue to rise, and the last thing we want is to risk infection when individuals get their vaccine. Those receiving the vaccine will have the opportunity to ask questions and must give their consent before vaccine administration.

“CCPHD is also planning vaccination clinics to allow many to be vaccinated on the same day in central locations within Chatham County. Details on those events are still being worked out, and relevant information will be shared when the time comes. Please keep in mind these events are only open to those with appointments.

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Chatham County Public Health Director Mike Zelek Offers Update on COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution 2021-01-08T22:41:35-05:00

Chatham County (NC) COVID-19 Vaccines Current Updates

Chatham County NC Heath Department’s Up-To-Date Information About the COVID-19 Vaccines

Updated Frequently

Click on the graphic just above to Access the Most Up-To-Date News from the Chatham County Public Health Department (CCPHD) on the Current PHASE of COVID-19 vaccine distributions and availability along with details about the Pfizer/BioNTech Vaccine and Moderna Vaccine.

Chatham County (NC) COVID-19 Vaccines Current Updates 2021-01-05T22:40:28-05:00

December 2020 Letter From Karen Metzguer

A Letter from Karen Metzguer, RN & Executive Director

Good day all! Even if no one you know personally has had the novel virus this year, you have lived through another year of “new arrivals” to your life. For some it is a new skill, a new pet, baby or partner, opportunity to work, or opportunity to retire. For others it is a broken bone, loss of income, a broken relationship, an unwelcome move, or a new health concern. Each year we have the opportunity to welcome something new in our lives…even if it is unexpected. Rumi, in his poem “The Guest House,” implores us to “welcome and entertain them all!” How are we to do that?
In my opinion, we do that best when we can rely on our community and circles of friends. Our usual supports for celebrating and coping with what life brings have been severely curtailed. We find ourselves not gathering, not hugging, not cooking for one another, not quilting or playing cards (in the same room), not singing together, the very things that make us friends and community.
The solstice season approaches. Nights seem endless. We long for spring. While we expect a challenging winter, I have a challenge for you with the chance to win a prize! Keep reading!
Public health officials have repeatedly demonstrated that “abstinence only” messages are not the most effective, and many of you are experiencing the real burden of extreme social distancing. In this infectious disease crisis, here is my 3-part challenge for the next 90 days:
 I. Eliminate all time indoors exceeding 15 minutes where anyone you don’t live with is unmasked. For example, no indoor leisurely dining, whether in a friend’s home or in a restaurant, or, no gym workout if people are unmasked even if equipment is well spaced. Please contact me if you would like to discuss guidelines for a “pod or bubble mate.”
 II. Add a new physical activity that you will do each week. Pick something you can look forward to and enjoy like a yoga class, a walk in the park, any new activity of your choice that you do at least 15 minutes a week until the Spring Equinox. Exercises done from your chair count – just one new thing and do it every week.
III. Stay curious about the vaccine, curious about how folks are thinking about it, curious to learn how distribution is unfolding. This is the largest public health undertaking in our history, this is no time for harsh judgment or Monday morning quarterbacking. Stay curious and let me know how you are thinking about this. We are in this together with people who will be eager to get the vaccine when offered, and people who won’t – just stay curious!
I am reminding you that you are both clever and resourceful and that challenging times won’t last forever. “The presence of beauty doesn’t magically remove all pain, but the absence of beauty makes things a lot harder to bear.” Look for beauty everywhere. It is still there. This protracted period of correctly choosing the safety of staying home may have caused you not to notice. I count the beauty of your friendship and of your support among my treasured blessings!
 The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
 — Jalal al-Din Rumi,
        translation by Coleman Barks

10 prizes will be awarded in a drawing from the collection of Villagers who drop me an email; let me know that you’re up for the mask challenge, the new activity, and that you plan to stay “mostly curious” from now until March 20, 2021, the Spring Equinox! Email me: karen@fearringtoncares.org. I hope to hear from at least 100 of you before the New Year begins! All email received by January 15, 2020 will be eligible for a prize in a drawing to be held on March 20, 2021. 

December 2020 Letter From Karen Metzguer 2020-12-17T10:15:24-05:00

North Carolina Has Established a New COVID-19 County Alert System

New COVID-19 County Alert System  The NC Department of Health and Human Services is pleased to start sharing important information. North Carolina is currently experiencing high levels of community transmission of COVID-19 statewide, but the virus is impacting some counties particularly hard.

The state has established a new COVID-19 County Alert System to help North Carolinians understand how their county is faring and take actions to slow the spread of the virus. Under the system, 53 counties are experiencing critical or substantial community spread, with the remaining counties seeing significant community spread. Learn more about how the system works and what steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones at: https://governor.nc.gov/news/north-carolina-introduces-covid-19-county-alert-system

North Carolina Has Established a New COVID-19 County Alert System 2020-11-18T22:57:26-05:00

University of Pittsburgh’s Paul Duprex on the Promise of a COVID-19 Vaccine


As the Jonas Salk Chair for Vaccine Research and professor of microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, Paul Duprex has been leading the local effort to create candidate vaccines for COVID-19. For a short Q&A interview in which Prof. Duprex lucidly describes vaccine development and its pitfalls without overpowering the reader. Visit THIS PAGE. He provides some important perspective on the process of developing vaccines, which should help all of us who are not involved in such complex work to understand the key aspects. It is well worth reading.

University of Pittsburgh’s Paul Duprex on the Promise of a COVID-19 Vaccine 2020-10-17T22:46:17-04:00
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