Friday February 12, 2021

Cabarrus This Week: Honoring local black history

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Honoring local black history

COVID-19 news and information

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Challenge

Cabarrus offers free paint swap 



Honoring local black history

February marks the start of Black History Month, a federally recognized celebration of the contributions African-Americans made to this country. This month is also a time to reflect on the continuing struggle against racial discrimination.

The Kannapolis African-American Museum and Cultural Center (KAA-MaCC) has amplified the voices and stories of black people in Cabarrus County for over seven years.

Dr. Larry B. Johnson shares more on their mission and plans for a local museum and cultural center. Plus, KAA-MaCC Museum Hall of Famer—101-year-old Corine Lytle Cannon—shares her story of being the first African-American hired in a traditional role at Cannon Mills.

Want to learn more about the legacy and contributions of black people in Cabarrus County? Keep an eye on our Black History Month series by following our hashtag #CabCoBlackHistoryMoment​ on social media.

COVID-19 Resources

Find My Vaccine Group

You Have A Spot, Take Your Shot

NCDHHS launched an online tool to help North Carolinians know when they'll be eligible to get their vaccine. The "Find My Vaccine Group" walks users through a series of questions to determine which vaccine group they are in. You can also sign up to be notified when your group is active.

North Carolina is currently vaccinating health care workers, long-term care staff and residents, and people 65 and older (Groups 1 and 2).

For more information, visit Find My Vaccine Group (nc.gov).

CHA vaccination update

The Cabarrus Health Alliance is successfully providing COVID-19 vaccinations for individuals within Group 1 and Group 2. Chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners Steve Morris qualified for vaccine Group 2 and shared his experience during a recent board meeting.

Cabarrus Health Alliance COVID-19 vaccine groups

As distribution is made available locally, Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA), our local public health authority, is working to vaccinate individuals that identify as Group 1 or Group 2. Definitions below.

GROUP 1:

  • Healthcare workers with in-person patient contact
  • Long-term care staff and residents people in skilled nursing facilities, adult care homes and continuing care retirement communities

GROUP 2:

  • Anyone 65 years or older, regardless of health status or living situation

As vaccines are made available, qualified individuals can schedule an appointment at www.cabarrushealth.org/vaccineclinics.

1KB4K Reading Challenge: Literacy tips

Cabarrus County libraries recently launched a new reading initiative for young children called 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten (1KB4K). While a thousand books may seem daunting, our local librarians are here with a few tips to help you and your child along the way. Share tips and resources from @CabarrusCountyLibrary on Facebook and Instagram.

Cabarrus offers free paint swap program

County Environmental Management Director Kevin Grant tells us the proper way to dispose of paint and how you can pick up a free can for your next project. Take advantage of our Household Hazardous Waste collection days, the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month. Download the CARTology app for waste schedules, reminders and wizards that help you learn the right way to recycle in Cabarrus.

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