Friday March 26, 2021

Cabarrus This Week: EMS brings vaccinations to homebound Cabarrus residents

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EMS brings vaccinations to homebound Cabarrus residents

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EMS brings vaccinations to homebound Cabarrus residents
CHA turns to EMS Community Paramedics to address vaccine distribution challenges

For several weeks now, community paramedics have been dispatched around the county delivering COVID-19 vaccines to homebound patients.

Concord resident Walter Kimball and his wife, Rena, recently received their second dose from paramedic Kyle Bolen. For the Kimballs, the service has provided much-needed peace of mind in an incredibly difficult time.

Here’s their story.

Cabarrus Health Alliance and EMS have expanded the program to other homebound patients. To request a COVID-19 vaccine home visit, call 704-920-1213.


Detective earns national recognition for computer forensics

Detective Sgt. OJ Grimes was named a top-50 forensic examiner by the U.S. Secret Service and the National Computer Forensics Institute.

Detective Grimes earned recognition for excellence in forensic computer examinations. Here he is to talk more about how he combats cybercrime and how you can protect yourself online.


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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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Cabarrus Health Alliance COVID-19 vaccine groups -- Current as of 3/25/2021

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 4A:

  • 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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