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Posted on: March 12, 2021

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Carrboro Connects March 18 Meeting

Get Connected!

Participate in the Carrboro Connects Community Workshop to listen, learn and share input into Carrboro’s first comprehensive plan.

On the site, you can mark comments on a map, share photos, and weigh in on what you think would help improve Carrboro.

Carrboro Connects is a comprehensive planning effort that is addressing climate action, race and equity, affordable housing, and economic and fiscal sustainability. At the Community Workshop you’ll be able to meet your neighbors to exchange ideas and make Carrboro a stronger and more inclusive community.

Please contact Ben Berolzheimer at bberolzheimer@townofcarrboro.org or 919-918-7330 with any questions.

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News from NC Department of Health and Human Services 

Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen have announced that beginning on March 17, people in Group 4 who have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk and people who live in additional congregate settings will be eligible for vaccination. The rest of Group 4, which includes other essential workers will become eligible April 7th. 

North Carolina follows the recommendations of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as to who is at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, sickle cell disease, obesity, or smoking. (A complete list is available in our Deeper Dive.) In addition, this population includes anyone who is living in higher risk congregate or close group living settings who is not already vaccinated including, people experiencing homelessness or living in a homeless shelter and people in a correctional facility, such as jail or prison. 

More information can be found online in our Deeper Dive Group 4: Adults at Higher Risk of Exposure and Increased Risk of Severe Illness (Higher-Risk Conditions and Additional Congregate Settings) https://files.nc.gov/covid/documents/vaccines/Deeper-Dive-Group-4-Higher-Risk-Conditions.pdf 

Currently eligible groups – health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, people 65 and older, and child care and school staff – will continue to be prioritized. Some vaccine providers may not be ready to open to people with a medical condition on March 17 if they are still experiencing high demand for vaccines in Groups 1, 2, and 3.

NC's COVID-19 Vaccine Resources:

  • 👥 Find My Vaccine Group: findmygroup.nc.gov 
  • 📲 COVID-19 Vaccine Help Center: 888-675-4567
  • 📍 Find A Vaccine Location: myspot.nc.gov/map-view   
  • 🌐 Spanish-Language Resources: Vacunate.nc.gov

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Vaccination

Orange County, NC Launches New Online Registration System for the COVID-19 Vaccine Registration

News from Orange County Health Department 

Orange County Health Department is unveiling a new online registration system for residents seeking to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. The new system will allow residents to choose how to be notified when an appointment is available—either via text, automated phone call or email—and will help the county manage the process to ensure that all vaccines are distributed efficiently.

The system will go live on Tuesday, March 9, and will replace the county’s existing form. It may be accessed at the same link as the previous form: https://redcap.link/OCHDvax. Residents who have already registered, either via phone or the online form, will not have to re-register. Their information will be migrated into the new system.

“The automated system will help the county manage the COVID vaccine distribution more effectively,” said Orange County Health Director Quintana Stewart. “We hope to receive more vaccines as supply increases, and this system will help us distribute them quickly.”

Residents are asked to save (919) 913-8088 and covid19vaccine@orangecountync.gov as trusted contacts to avoid the calls and emails being treated as spam. 

Individuals who can’t access the Internet or need assistance filling out the form can register by calling (919) 913-8088 seven days a week, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Spanish and other languages are available.

“This is yet another tool in our toolbox aimed at ensuring the vaccination process is as efficient, effective, and equitable as possible,” said Orange County Emergency Services Director Kirby Saunders. “We are proud of everyone who has worked tirelessly to get this operational while also continuing to manage the ongoing vaccination process.”

Individuals who have previously registered but have received the vaccine from another provider will be able to remove themselves from the list by choosing that option when contacted.

Individuals who are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine will be notified when appointments become available based on their place in line. When you receive a notice that an appointment is available, you must respond quickly to guarantee your spot. Spots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you are unable to make the appointment based on the time or location, or you do not respond before all slots are filled, you will remain in the queue and will be notified the next time appointments are available.

If you get the vaccine from another provider, you can opt out of future notifications and be removed from the system.

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Community Food Distribution

A Community Food Distribution event is scheduled for 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, March 25, at Henry Anderson Community Park, 302 N. Carolina Hwy 54W, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

Anyone in need is welcome. The distribution is first come, first served. It is free of charge, and there are no eligibility requirements.

Distributions are held on a drive-through basis. Boxes are placed inside vehicle trunks. Free masks will be distributed to anyone who needs them.

The event is sponsored by the Town of Carrboro and the Orange County Social Services Department.

Please share the event flyers:

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The Covid-19 Vaccination: Make an Informed Decision

An event co-sponsored by the Orange County Health Department 

Join us on Saturday, March 13 at 3 p.m. for a virtual panel discussion, "The COVID-19 Vaccination: Make An Informed Decision."

During this program, you will hear from a panel of four physicians, scientists, and public health professionals as they provide relevant data, along with details of their frontline efforts and experiences to help you make decisions about the COVID-19 vaccine for you and your families, as well as tips on how to remain safe as we continue in this pandemic. The purpose of this webinar will be to assist participants with a plan of action when faced with making a decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccination and to provide more culturally appropriate answers to the questions that many communities of color have about the COVID-19 vaccinations. 

This program is being co-sponsored by the Mu Omicron Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated®, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Branch of NAACP, and the Orange County Health Department.

Register at: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Cr5Kr-34TKCpbhIUUz_6v

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Carrboro Farmers' Market hours are changing soon!

Mark your calendars - the Carrboro Farmers' Market hours are changing soon! The Wednesday afternoon market will start back up again on Wednesday, March 17, and the Saturday morning market will expand to main season hours, 7 a.m. to noon, starting Saturday, March 20. 

More at http://townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1640

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2nd Annual Joint Creek Clean-Up

The towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill are inviting residents and businesses to help clean our urban streams this March.

 Due to the public health safety concerns, we are not leading organized groups for the cleanup effort this year. Families and pods are encouraged to participate in smaller litter cleanup groups.

 Joining the challenge is easy, just follow these steps:

 Learn more at http://townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1637

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Town Council Live Stream

Town Council Update

Meeting agendas and updates are issued from the Town Clerk’s Office. To receive these by email or text, sign up for Carrboro Town News at townofcarrboro.org/signup  

Civic involvement is a valued tradition in our community.  Reach the Town Council with your ideas, views and questions at council@townofcarrboro.org 

Coming Up
The Town Council will meet virtually at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, to consider an agenda https://bit.ly/3rMvjjI that will be posted with complete meeting materials at carrboro.legistar.com    

To view, livestream at carrboro.legistar.com OR YouTube.com/CarrboroNC OR Cable TV 18 (in Carrboro). To speak at the meeting email publiccomment@townofcarrboro.org 

Get the complete update including a summary of the last meeting at https://www.townofcarrboro.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1643 

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Spring Forward

Don't forget to set clocks forward before going to bed on Saturday! Daylight Saving Times begins Sunday, March 14.

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