Thursday April 01, 2021

Cabarrus This Week: Courthouse construction prepares to go vertical

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  • Courthouse construction prepares to go vertical
  • Jacob Thompson becomes new Cabarrus County fire marshal
  • Senior Games: Next-level athleticism
  • COVID-19 news and information


Courthouse construction prepares to go vertical

The landscape of downtown Concord is truly beginning to change as more activity takes place on the Cabarrus County Courthouse renovation and expansion project.

You’re probably starting to notice all the hard work crews are putting in to bring this project to life. But what all has been accomplished over the past several weeks?

In the story below, Jason Harris with Messer Construction shares his view on the progress of our new courthouse.


Jacob Thompson becomes new Cabarrus County fire marshal

We welcome Jacob Thompson, our new Cabarrus County fire marshal. Jacob has a long career in fire service, working for surrounding counties such as Rowan and Davidson before joining our team.

The fire marshal leads the Fire Services division of the Emergency Management department. Fire services provides fire prevention through education, code enforcement and investigations. The fire marshal also coordinates with local volunteer departments and oversees the Squad 410 manpower unit.

Here’s Jacob to talk more about what led him to Cabarrus and his plans for the future.


Senior Games: Next-level athleticism

Here’s a look back at Senior Games contestant Ron Flanders, who uses preparation for the games to stay in shape throughout the year.

The 2021 edition of the Cabarrus Senior Games is set and the registration deadline is coming fast. April 6 is the last day to register, and the games run from April 19 through May 27. Register by visiting torch.ncseniorgames.org.



COVID-19 
Resources

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 and everyone in Group 4 are now eligible for vaccination. (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.

➡ Accurate and update-to-date LOCAL vaccine information

➡ Schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment in Cabarrus County

Cabarrus Health Alliance COVID-19 vaccine groups -- Current as of 4/1/2021

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 4 (expanded). 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 4A:

  • Anyone 16-64 years old with one or more high-risk medical conditions for severe disease from COVID-19, people living in close group settings and essential workers. (Please note these are different from Group 3 frontline essential workers.)

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

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