NCDHHS Secretary Issues Secretarial Advisory Urging Vaccination and Boosters Against COVID-19, Omicron Variant | Beaufort County Now | North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. today issued the below Secretarial Advisory, urging the following actions to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Press Release:

    RALEIGH     North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. today issued the below Secretarial Advisory, urging the following actions to prevent serious illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19.

    NCDHHS Secretarial Advisory, Dec. 20, 2021

    COVID-19 cases are currently rising in North Carolina due to the Delta variant. The highly contagious variant, Omicron, is beginning to spread rapidly and is expected to cause the highest rates of COVID-19 infections of the pandemic in the coming weeks. The Omicron variant is two to three times as contagious the Delta variant, making it four to six times as contagious as the original COVID-19 virus.

    With the holidays approaching and people gathering, it is critical and urgent to act now to protect yourselves and your family and friends. Vaccinating and boosting against COVID-19 remain the most effective ways for people to protect themselves from serious illness, hospitalization and death. Early evidence shows that boosters provide a significant level of protection against Omicron.

    This Winter and Holiday Season, Everyone Should:

  • Vaccinate and Boost: Get vaccinated now, including a COVID-19 booster as soon as you are eligible. This is particularly critical for those over age 65, those with underlying medical conditions and healthcare workers. The Moderna and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines are the best choice for most people. Layer protection by getting a flu shot.
  • Test: Get a COVID-19 test before joining indoor gatherings with others who are not in your household and before and after traveling, regardless of your vaccine status. Get tested if you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  • Mask: Wear a face covering indoors in public, even if you are vaccinated. If possible, wear a medical grade mask for more protection (e.g., surgical mask, procedural mask, KN95, N95).

    Holiday Travel

  • Wear a mask while traveling. If possible, wear a medical grade mask.
  • Get tested 1-2 days before and 3-5 days after traveling, and be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, including boosters, and against flu.
  • Do not travel if you are not fully vaccinated and boosted. If you do travel and are not fully vaccinated and boosted, in addition to testing, stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if you test negative.
  • Follow CDC's guidance for travel during COVID-19 and NCDHHS's guidance for public transportation.

    Gathering During the Holidays

  • Require guests and family members to be vaccinated and boosted if eligible before the event.
  • Get tested 1-2 days before joining indoor gatherings with others who are not in your household.
  • Guests over 2 years old who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask and maintain physical distance from others, especially when they are indoors. If possible, wear a medical grade mask.
  • Keep gatherings small and host gathering outdoors, when possible.
  • If gathering indoors, use a space that is large enough to allow for physical distancing. Increase circulation of outdoor air by opening windows and doors. Follow CDC guidance on Improving Ventilation in Your Home.
  • If you are sick or have symptoms, do not host or attend a gathering. Get tested and seek treatment. More information on treatment is available at https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/treatment.

    Visit the NCDHHS website for more information about boosters and additional doses. More information about vaccines for kids can be found here.

    To find a vaccine location, or for more information about COVID-19 vaccines in North Carolina, visit MySpot.nc.gov or call the state's COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center for free at 888-675-4567.


    Contact:

    North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

    Email: news@dhhs.nc.gov     Phone: (919) 855-4840
Go Back

HbAD0

Latest Governing Beaufort County

Project will inform the potential transition to oral health managed care under NC Medicaid
North Carolina households receiving Food and Nutrition Services benefits will continue to receive the maximum amount for their household size for the month of February, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced.
Beaufort County's Budgeting process begins with the Great and Annual Beaufort County Commissioner Retreat, where the Commissioners are told and shown and tasked to acknowledge just how much of the public's money is necessary to keep their government afloat.
Federal Money could be available if the Beaufort County Commissioners would work in a diligent many to secure it for a more effective solid waste solution, with an emphasis on real re-cycling.
I see that Ernie had a fund raiser in Bath Saturday night that was well attended by his staff and a few other people.
Please see below and attached for today's updated Beaufort County Surveillance Data.

HbAD1

Each month, Beaufort County's governing board convenes to do the People's business, and each month Commissioner Hood Richardson has a plethora of issues.
Beaufort County Health Director Jim Madson keeps Beaufort County citizens informed, through his monthly address to the Beaufort County Commissioners, of developments regarding Covid19.
The Beaufort Soil and Water Conservation District's Board of Supervisors will meet on Monday, January 31, 2022 at 5:30 PM in the FSA/SWCD Conference room located at 155 Airport Rd, Washington, NC, 27889.
Please see below and attached for today's updated Beaufort County Surveillance Data.

HbAD2

As Beaufort County's premier internet related company, Symbiotic Networks (SNI), we create the highest quality representation of the Beaufort County Commissioners' general meeting of January, 2022 to provide for the public's complete awareness of their most important local government.

HbAD3

 
Back to Top