Local Covid updates -August 2021

Note: As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, please practice the 3W’s…Wait 6 feet apart. Wear that face mask, And Wash your hands!

New on September 20, 2021:  Pfizer announcing that its COVID-19 vaccine works for children ages 5 to 11 and will seek U.S. ‘emergency authorization’ for this age group soon. The vaccine made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech is already available for kids 12 and older. *The FDA’s Covid vaccine advisers on Friday recommended ‘boosters’ for older adults 65 and older as well as, people at high risk of severe infection.  In the past week, the US has averaged around 1,900 (1,926) Covid-19 deaths a day, that’s the highest average since early March. https://www.cnn.com/2021/09/17/health/fda-advisers-booster-five-things/index.html

*Helpful Links about vaccination sites on the NEWS BLOG at wbfj.fm

 

COVID UPDATE for Monday, August 30, 2021

Triad hospitals are experiencing long wait times at the ER, due to the surge in COVID-19 positive patients and a staffing shortage.  Hospital officials suggesting using ‘Tele-Health’ virtual options if possible.  https://www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/health/triad-hospitals-experience-long-wait-times-in-emergency-departments/

 

Novant Health has re-opened its COVID-19 testing location at Hanes Mall. Due to increased demand, the COVID-19 drive-through testing location located in the former Sears Auto Center will operate Monday – Friday, from 7am – 3pm. While drive-up testing will be available, appointments are required. Rapid tests are not available. Another source: Test Site Finder  https://www.novanthealth.org/home/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/newsid33987/2566/novant-health-reopens-covid-19-testing-location-at-hanes-mall.aspx\

 

Update: Randolph County Schools now requiring masks for students and staff inside school buildings starting TODAY (Aug 30). The vote happened on Sunday after a special-called meeting by the school board. www.wfmynews2.com/article/news/local/randolph-county-board-of-education-to-hold-meeting-about-covid-19-sunday/83

 

CDC: Unvaccinated more likely to get COVID-19 a second time.  https://www.wreg.com/news/cdc-unvaccinated-more-likely-to-get-covid-19-a-second-time/

 

It takes ALL of us to help slow the spread! As COVID-19 transmission continues to surge, please practice the 3W’s- Wait 6 feet apart. Wear that face mask, And Wash your hands! 

Krispy Kreme: Get two FREE donuts by showing your Covid-vaccination card. The promotion continues through September 5. https://journalnow.com/news/local/krispy-kreme-offering-two-free-doughnuts-for-vaccinated-people-promotion-runs-aug-30-through-sept/

 

Thursday, August 26, 2021- Let’s help slow the spread! Statewide hospitalizations related to COVID-19 continue to close in on the ‘record high’ for the pandemic set in January. Forsyth County, like most North Carolina counties, has been categorized by the CDC as an area with a ‘high transmission risk’.

Forsyth County has reached the 50% fully vaccinated level for all residents while the county’s ‘daily Covid case count’ remains at an elevated level. https://journalnow.com/news/local/statewide-covid-19-hospitalizations-spiraling-toward-pandemic-high-forsyth-reaches-50-fully-vaccination-level/

NEW: Moderna has completed its submission to the FDA for full approval of its Covid-19 vaccine for people 18 and older. Meanwhile, Pfizer has begun submitting data for full approval of a third “booster” dose of their vaccine.  https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/26/us/five-things-august-26-trnd/index.html

 

 

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, please practice the 3W’s…

Wait 6 feet apart. Wear that face mask, And Wash your hands!

*Helpful Links: Covid and Vaccines

-Pfizer, Moderna, J&J: Which COVID Vaccine is Best for You?

-COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Older Adults

LOCAL Covid 19 vaccination ‘sites’ on the News Blog            

Monday, August 23, 2021 – FDA grants Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine ‘full approval’ status for individuals 16 years and older earlier this morning. https://www.foxbusiness.com/healthcare/fda-grants-pfizer-covid-19-vaccine-full-approval

According to polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation, almost one-third of unvaccinated people said they would be more inclined to get a shot if it graduates from an emergency use authorization to a full license. https://www.vox.com/22628681/covid-19-vaccine-delta-variant-fda-approved-pfizer-moderna

 

Reminder: A mandatory ’Mask mandate’ is in effect in Winston-Salem. The mandate applies to all public indoor buildings as of 5:30pm Friday, August 20, 2021.  Also, masks are required in ALL city government buildings in Winston-Salem, regardless of vaccination status, in keeping with the latest CDC guidance.

https://journalnow.com/news/local/winston-salem-imposes-mask-mandate-beginning-friday

 

As COVID-19 cases continue to surge, please practice the 3W’s…Wait 6 feet apart. Wear that face mask, And Wash your hands!

 Update: Wake Forest University will require all individuals — regardless of vaccination status — to wear a mask indoors, including in the classroom, to begin the fall semester.  This will be a ‘temporary measure and adjustments will be made accordingly…’.

https://journalnow.com/news/local/education/wake-forest-will-begin-fall-semester-with-mask-mandate-in-place/

 

FDA: Third COVID-19 dose approved for people with weakened immune systems.

FDA: Transplant recipients and others with severely weakened immune systems can get an extra dose of the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to better protect them as the delta variant continues to surge nationwide and locally.

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/coronavirus-pandemic-vaccine-updates-08-13-21/

Pfizer, Moderna, J&J: Which COVID Vaccine is Best For You?  https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/pfizer-moderna-jj-which-covid-vaccine-is-best-for-you-heres-a-breakdown/2380426/

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Older Adults https://www.cdc.gov/aging/covid19/covid19-older-adults.html

 

Covid 19 vaccination ‘site locator links’   https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vaccines/covid-19-vaccine-incentives

https://www.vaccines.gov/

 

Verne Hill

Verne Hill

The News Guy – WBFJ Family Friendly Morning Show at WBFJ fm - Your family station!
I enjoy many things: Music. Family movie nights. My American flag flapping in the wind. Sunsets at the beach. Snow days. The Sweet Tea Party. Salvation through Grace…

VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150

QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.”

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verne@wbfj.fm
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Verne Hill

I enjoy many things: Music. Family movie nights. My American flag flapping in the wind. Sunsets at the beach. Snow days. The Sweet Tea Party. Salvation through Grace… VERSE: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD” Psalm 150 QUOTE: “A person who loves his job, will never work a day in his life.” MON-SAT 6A-10A (& Sunday@5 host) verne@wbfj.fm