Thursday March 04, 2021

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Hearts & Heroes survivor story

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Hearts & Heroes survivor story

The Hearts and Heroes event is a cherished celebration that reunites out-of-hospital cardiac arrest survivors and the teams that performed lifesaving interventions.

Usually, this is an in-person experience, but due to COVID-19, this year’s celebration was a virtual tribute.

Still, it provided a front-row seat to one of the many amazing stories of life-saving care that occurred this past year.

In 2020, Cabarrus County reached a 32 percent survival rate for patients who experienced a witnessed cardiac arrest. This is partly due to the advanced technology our EMS team uses to provide the best possible cardiac care.

Each role in the response is critical and sets a course for recovery. In the case of Sam Scozzari, a collection of highly trained personnel used evidence-based treatment guidelines to help create a light at the end of a life-threatening tunnel.

In the video below, Scozzari and his medical response team share their memories of that night.

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources Governor Cooper announces updates to vaccination rollout
Frontline essential workers eligible for vaccination

Gov. Roy Cooper announced that additional frontline essential workers in Group 3 are now eligible for vaccination. The expedited timeline follows the approval of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot vaccine and an expected increase in vaccine supply to North Carolina.

“The state and our providers continue to work extremely hard to get people vaccinated in a way that’s fast and fair,” said Gov. Cooper. “The third vaccine and improving vaccine supply will help us get more people vaccinated more quickly. Our essential frontline workers have remained on the job throughout this pandemic and I am grateful for their work.”

Gov. Cooper also outlined an expected timeline for Group 4 vaccinations. Beginning on March 24, people at higher risk from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions became eligible to receive a vaccine, as well as people in certain congregate-living settings. (See Deeper Dive for additional detail)

NCDHHS also shared clarifications for Groups 1 and 4. The definition of long-term care in Group 1 has been updated for people with an intellectual and developmental disability. Higher-risk medical conditions for Group 4 include intellectual and developmental disabilities including Down Syndrome, and neurologic conditions, such as dementia.

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

For more information, visit Find My Vaccine Group (

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 3/4/2021

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 and Group 3 child care/school workers. Definitions below.


  • 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


  • Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation



  • • Expected rollout on March 24 for 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

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