SPECIAL ALERT:
Representative Raymond E. Smith, Jr.
NC House District 21
Sampson & Wayne Counties
North Carolina General Assembly
Friday, July 9, 2021 Volume 7/ Issue 27

STANDING COMMITTEES
2021-2022:


* EDUCATION – COMMUNITY COLLEGES

* FEDERAL RELATIONS and AMERICAN INDIAN AFFAIRS

* FINANCE

* HOMELAND SECURITY, MILITARY,
and VETERANS AFFAIRS

* LOCAL GOVERNMENT

We have now had 1,017,435 laboratory confirmed cases in North Carolina. This includes 2647 newly reported cases with a percent positive rate of 3.1%. There are 418 people hospitalized with
COVID-19. Sadly we have 13,483 confirmed deaths for North Carolina. Currently 56.0% of the population has been vaccinated with at least one dose and 53.0% of the population has been fully vaccinated. 

Greater Urgency to Get Vaccinated as COVID-19 Cases Increase:
The more infectious and potentially more dangerous Delta variant is rapidly spreading in North Carolina and across the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention classified the Delta variant as a “variant of concern” because it spreads faster than current COVID-19 variants, and early studies have also shown a possible increased risk of hospitalization in people infected with the Delta variant.

Since May, more than 99% of new cases in North Carolina have occurred in people who are not fully vaccinated. Getting a COVID-19 vaccine is easy and safe. Vaccines are proven to be effective against COVID-19 and its variants. More than 150 million Americans have been safely vaccinated are protected from COVID-19 related hospitalization and death. North Carolinians can go to MySpot.nc.gov to find a vaccine location.

While the state’s trends are far below where they were at the height of the pandemic, cases increased by 12% the week ending on July 3 compared to the previous seven days, and hospitalizations have increased by 8% over the past seven days. The state’s sampling of wastewater treatment plants also shows recent increasing of viral particles in four locations since June 24.

Those who have not yet received their COVID-19 vaccines must continue to practice the 3 W’s – wearing a mask, waiting six feet from others and washing hands often – to protect themselves, their families and their communities from the virus. People should also seek testing for COVID-19 if they develop COVID-like symptoms or if they have not yet been vaccinated and are exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for children over the age of 12, and NCDHHS has provided safety guidelines for schools to keep children safe, in addition to mask requirements in schools and other specific settings. K-12 public schools can also participate in the COVID-19 Rapid Testing in Schools Program to provide on-site testing at no cost to parents, staff or the district.


The dashboard is available here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard
The full vaccine dashboard is available here: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard/vaccinations


Sampson County:

Appointments and Walk-Ins Welcome (Mondays & Fridays)

Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines are available between 8am - 5pm, every Monday & Friday at the Sampson County Health Department. APPOINTMENTS AND WALK-INS ARE WELCOME. For more information call (910) 490-1056 or (910) 592-1131. Appointment times are limited and are subject to vaccine availability. 

To schedule an appointment at Sampson Regional Medical Center or to be added to the waitlist to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine, click here


Wayne County:
2021 - 2022 District Budgets:
NC Department of Employment Security:

This memo provides information about the upcoming expiration of federal pandemic unemployment programs. 

National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month
July is National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to bring awareness to the unique struggles racial and ethnic minority populations face regarding mental illness in the United States.
This year, the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) will focus on promoting tools and resources addressing the stigma surrounding mental health in racial and ethnic minority communities, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through Think Cultural Health, OMH offers a free and accredited behavioral e-learning program, Improving Cultural Competency for Behavioral Health Professionals, which is designed to help health professionals provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services (CLAS). Behavioral health providers and education systems are recognizing the value of CLAS in advancing behavioral health equity. To advance this effort, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) collaborated with the OMH to develop the Behavioral Health Implementation Guide for the National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health and Health Care. The guide underlines the importance of improving access to behavioral health care, promoting quality behavioral health programs and practice, and ultimately reducing persistent disparities in mental health and substance use treatment for underserved, minority populations and communities.
 
Visit our National Minority Mental Health Awareness Month webpage, also available in Spanish, for downloadable materials and mental health resources.
Identifying Barriers in USDA Programs and Services; Advancing Racial Justice and Equity and Support for Underserved Communities at USDA.

DATES: We will consider comments received by July 15, 2021.

FOOD DISTRIBUTION:

'Three In One Family Center' Food Distribution (non-profit).

CLINTON:
Sampson Expo Center
414 Warsaw Road
Clinton, N.C. 28328
EVERY THURSDAY @ 10:00 AM
First Come, First Serve Come and Be Blessed!!!!
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‘Pathway’ To Food Assistance
July 13th & 27th 9:00AM
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GOLDSBORO: 
Wayne Correctional Center
700 Stevens Mill Road
Goldsboro, N.C. 27533 
 
EVERY MONDAY @ 10:00 AM 
First Come, First Serve/Come and Be Blessed!!!!
Please continue to be safe during this time of uncertainty and use all safeguards available to you to remain healthy!!!

Know Your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash:

If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash
  • Wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
These actions can protect our families and neighbors as the state works to ease restrictions while the virus is still circulating.
All North Carolinians are encouraged to share this message in their businesses and through their organizations.