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North Carolina Ranks 6th in the Nation for Total Doses of Vaccine Administered PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 29 January 2021 11:11
On January 27, North Carolina reported administering 99% of its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine, and as of this morning the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ranks the state as 6th in the nation for total doses administered, 12th for first doses administered per 100,000 people, and 17th for total doses administered per 100,000 people. 
 
“North Carolina vaccine providers have done a phenomenal job serving the people of our state. This is incredibly hard work, and they’ve shown that they are both up to the task and committed to partnering in new ways so that we vaccinate North Carolinians as fast as possible. These national rankings are the result of the strong work of our entire vaccine team,” said North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.
 
The state was also recognized by the Washington Post as being one of only three states providing thorough reporting on vaccine administration by race. The state’s dashboard will be updated every weekday beginning next week. It is the source for the most accurate and timely information for vaccine data for the state. 
 
To provide vaccine providers with as much stability as possible given the constraints of the federal allocation process, NCDHHS shared with vaccine providers a new two-part allocation process, composed of a “baseline allocation” and a “set-aside allocation.” Allocations prioritize geographic equity and ensuring access to vaccines for older North Carolinians and historically marginalized communities, while continuing to expect that all doses are used the same week. The goal is to vaccinate as many people as quickly and equitably as possible with very limited supply of vaccines.
 
For the next three weeks, the state is guaranteeing baseline vaccine allocations to providers. Approximately 90,000 “baseline” doses are allocated based on population data from the State Center for Health Statistics to provide vaccine to all 100 counties. The 55,000 “set-aside” doses of the state’s allocation are going to:  

 

Counties with higher numbers of people 65 and older with low income, counties with higher numbers of historically marginalized populations 65 and older, and counties that received less doses per population in previous weeks.

 

New vaccine providers who will provide greater access to rural and underserved communities and those who can provide vaccine to long-term care facilities not participating in the federal program. 

 

Community vaccination events geographically spread throughout the state. Decisions about events are based on equity, readiness and speed, and partnership.

 

Vaccine supply continues to be very low. There may be wait times. North Carolinians can find out when they will be eligible to get their vaccine through the
online tool, Find My Vaccine Group. The screener walks users through a series of questions to determine which vaccine group they are in. People can then sign up to be notified when their group can get vaccinated. North Carolina is currently vaccinating people in Groups 1 and 2, which include health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, and people 65 and older.
 
Until the country begins to get a head of the pandemic, the CDC says everyone should keep wearing a mask, waiting at least six feet apart and washing hands often. 
 
Learn more at YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov (English) or covid19.ncdhhs.gov/vacuna (Spanish). 
 
Congresswoman Foxx Re-Appointed To Oversight Committee PDF Print E-mail
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By Donna Martinez   
Thursday, 28 January 2021 09:50
Representative Virginia Foxx (R-NC), who serves western North Carolina, has been reappointed to the House Oversight Committee:

 

“I’m so pleased to return as a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee for the 117th Congress, and I consider it an honor to continue my work alongside many of my Republican colleagues so we can address the pressing needs of the American people.

 

“Federal oversight remains a core and solemn responsibility of the United States Congress, and this year, the minority on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will now have the opportunity to hold the Executive Branch to a higher level of accountability through what is referred to as the ‘Seven-Member Rule’.

 

“In December, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that members of the minority in the House of Representatives can utilize a statute known as the ‘Seven-Member Rule’ to demand that executive agencies turn over pertinent, requested information that falls within the jurisdiction of federal oversight. 

 

“Oversight for the sake of oversight itself is not enough to place full transparency and accountability in government at the feet of the American people. I intend to work closely alongside my Republican colleagues on this panel to hold President Biden accountable on his use of executive authority. There is much work to be done, and I’m proud both to return to the committee and having been chosen for this important role.”
 
Governor Cooper Extends COVID Modified Stay At Home Orders PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 28 January 2021 09:40
RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today extended Modified Stay At Home Orders requiring people to be at home from 10 pm – 5 am. Face covering requirements and restrictions on individuals gathering in both indoor and outdoor settings are still in place. Executive Order No. 189 will be in effect through at least Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. 

 

The extension of Executive Order No. 190 allowing for the sale of “to-go” or delivery of mixed beverages will continue to help businesses that are struggling right now. The extension of Executive Order No. 191 will help families have the ability to stay in their homes, a critical component of slowing the spread of the virus. 

 

The Executive Orders for “to-go” or delivery sales of mixed beverages and the evictions moratorium both received concurrence from the Council of State. “With more than 3,300 people in the hospital, and the percent of positive tests in double digits, we know this virus is still spreading,” said Governor Cooper. “And with at least one new contagious variant of COVID-19 in our state, we still have work to do.  We cannot let our guard down, especially in these cold winter months.”

 

In addition to the Modified Stay at Home Order, the DHHS secretarial directive remains in effect. People should stay home and only leave for essential purposes such as buying food, accessing health care, and going to school or work.

 

“The 3 Ws are as essential as they have always been,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “Remember people can have COVID-19 and not know it. The best way to protect those around you is to act as if you do have the virus and could be contagious. That means always wearing a mask – over your mouth and nose, always waiting apart from others, and always washing your hands frequently.” 

 

North Carolina continues to administer Covid-19 vaccines across the state. As of today, 99.8% of all first doses received by the state were reported as being administered and 859,695 total doses have been administered. Vaccine supply continues to be very low and the state is hopeful for more vaccine to be on the way. On a call with Governor Cooper and other governors yesterday, the Biden Administration committed to increase vaccine shipments to the states by 16% over the next 3 weeks. 

 

NCDHHS expanded its vaccine data dashboard to provide information about vaccine doses allocated to and received by the state and updated guidance to ensure equitable distribution and speed of administration.
North Carolinians can find out when they will be eligible to get their vaccine through a new online tool, Find My Vaccine Group. The screener walks users through a series of questions to determine which vaccine group they fall in. Learn more about North Carolina’s vaccine rollout at YourSpotYourShot.nc.gov.
 
On January 23, NCDHHS reported the first identified case of B.1.1.7 COVID-19 Variant in North Carolina. Early data suggest that this variant may be more contagious than other variants and state health officials continue to recommend staying at home when possible and practicing the 3 “W’s:” Wear a face covering, Wait 6 feet apart and Wash your hands. 
 
Dr. Cohen provided an update on North Carolina’s data and trends.
Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing, but high.

 

Trajectory of Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s trajectory of cases is stabilizing, but high.

 

Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive is leveling, but high.

 

Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days
North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is leveling, but high.
In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread in testing, tracing and prevention.

 

Testing
Testing capacity remains high.

 

Tracing Capability
There have been more than 666,000 downloads of the exposure notification app, SlowCOVIDNC.

 

Personal Protective Equipment
North Carolina’s personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are stable.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 January 2021 09:46
 
Speaker Wants Health Committee To Continue COVID Oversight PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 27 January 2021 11:58
A letter sent by Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) to members of the House Health Committee  urged the panel to continue oversight of North Carolina's COVID-19 vaccine distribution process as the legislature returns to work this week. 
 
Speaker Moore wrote at length about concerns raised by local health officials and providers, telling committee members that "the shifting priorities of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) are marginalizing rural communities where residents lack mobility." 
 
"Local health departments, including my own in Cleveland County, have expressed concerns that the shifting priorities of the Department of Health and Human Services are marginalizing rural communities where residents lack mobility, particularly among elderly populations," Speaker Moore wrote to the committee Tuesday. 
 
"County leaders have complained of receiving conflicting information regarding distribution plans and the size of vaccine deliveries. Secretary Mandy Cohen apologized directly to county health departments for this lack of transparency and communication this week, but further action is needed." 
 
"This inconsistency puts our local health departments in an impossible position, damaging the credibility of state and county officials with citizens who rely on them for critical information about this process. I hear concerns from county officials that they are given limited information from DHHS, but are then expected to dialogue directly with North Carolinians without any answers to their concerns."  
 
"Significant concerns were also raised by healthcare institutions in our state this week with the changes to vaccine supply chain management implemented by DHHS. As DHHS has now announced further reforms to their protocols in response to those concerns, the work of the House Health Committee is vital to ensure their response does not further exacerbate an urban-rural divide." 
 
A joint House and Senate healthcare committee of the General Assembly met previously on January 13 to seek answers regarding the administration's shifting distribution plans. 
 
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