Here’s a round up of COVID-19 related news for 12/18/20. See our Coronavirus Resource Guide for extensive resources and information.
Celebrate the Holidays safely
With the rising COVID-19 trends, NCDHHS strongly recommends avoiding holiday travel and limiting contact with people who do not live in your household.
If you do plan to get together with people you don’t live with:
Remember that following the 3 Ws (wearing a mask, waiting 6 feet apart and washing your hands often) are still the best tools to protect our loved ones and ensure our hospitals have the capacity for those that need them.
For detailed holiday guidance, please see the Winter Holidays Guidance Flyer.
COVID-19 Immunization FAQs from the County
Tested, safe, and effective COVID-19 vaccines will help us defeat the virus, get back in control of our lives, and back to the people and places we love.
Scientists had a head start. The vaccines were built upon years of work in developing vaccines for similar viruses. No short cuts were made in the development of the vaccine and through massive cooperation of the best minds in science all over the world, we now have a vaccine that can shield us from getting COVID-19. Just like the unprecedented global pandemic we are in now, the COVID-19 immunization is an unprecedented and exciting development for the health of the public. Read FAQs
The SCOOP on Managing Stress with Hope4NC
Many Organizations in our area are looking for resources to help their employees manage stress during this time of crisis and uncertainty. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has established two mental health resources to assist North Carolinians cope and build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NCDHHS Hope4NC website shares specific steps that can be taken to improve and maintain mental wellbeing, and offers additional resources to help everyone cope during this stressful time.
S – Stay connected to family and friends. Social connections build resiliency.
C – Compassion for yourself and others. Self-compassion decreases trauma symptoms and stress.
O – Observe your use of substances. Early intervention can prevent problems.
O – Ok to ask for help. Struggling is normal. Asking for help is empowering.
P – Physical activity to improve your mood. Exercise boosts mood and lowers anxiety.
Includes flyer that could be printed and posted at workplaces or emailed to employees.