Thursday March 11, 2021

Cabarrus This Week: Recycle right: Curb the cart contaminants

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Recycle right: Curb the cart contaminants

Commissioners approve Cardinal disengagement plans

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Recycle right: Curb the cart contaminates
When in doubt, throw it out

Recycling contamination is an issue that affects us all.

Nearly one out of every four items found in Cabarrus recycling carts don’t belong there. Increased contamination is sending more recycling trucks to the landfill and causing the cost of recycling to increase.

In the video below, Cabarrus County Environmental Management Director Kevin Grant shares more about contamination and the reasons why it’s important for Cabarrus to recycle right.

Commissioners approve Cardinal disengagement plans

Last year, Cabarrus County began the process of disengaging from Cardinal Innovations Healthcare and realigning with Partners Health Management for behavioral health services provided to Cabarrus County residents.

At the February meeting of the Board of Commissioners, Human Services Director Karen Calhoun presented nine steps the County has since taken to ensure a smooth transition with continuous care, and Commissioners voted to send our formal plan for disengagement to the state. The State will provide the County with a decision in the next 90 days.

Here's a clip from that discussion.

COVID-19 Resources

Have you been fully vaccinated? 

Remember, you are not fully vaccinated until two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series (Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after your single-dose vaccine (Johnson & Johnson). 


Residents (including those who have received their first and second vaccine) are encouraged to continue practicing the 3W's:
• Wear a mask
• Wait 6 feet apart
• Wash your hands often


To learn about all the recommendations for those that are fully vaccinated, visit the CDC's vaccination site. Following the NC Department of Health and Human Services phased rollout plan of prioritized vaccinations groups, health officials expanded clinic operations to include night hours and one additional clinic. 

Frontline essential workers in Group 3 are now eligible for vaccination. 

Gov. Cooper also outlined an expected timeline for Group 4 vaccinations. Beginning on March 17, people in Group 4 who have a medical condition that puts them at higher risk of serious illness and people who live in certain congregate settings will be eligible for vaccination. The rest of Group 4, which includes other essential workers, will become eligible on April 7. (See Deeper Dive for additional detail

CHA vaccination update

The Cabarrus Health Alliance had record-breaking vaccination numbers last week--more than 1,250 education and child care workers received their first dose.

Following the NC Department of Health and Human Services phased rollout plan of prioritized vaccinations groups, health officials expanded clinic operations to include night hours and one additional clinic.

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Cabarrus Health Alliance COVID-19 vaccine groups -- Current as of 3/4/2021

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, Group 2 and Group 3. 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

GROUP 3:

GROUP 4:

  • Expected rollout on March 17 for people who are at higher risk due to medical conditions and those who live in certain congregate settings

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

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