The coronavirus and its variants will likely be with us for some time.
Wayne County launched a new COVID-19 Connection call event on Thursday, bringing together local leaders and experts to talk about the latest developments with the ongoing pandemic.
Wayne County Health Director Dr. Brenda Weis says they’re administering about 125 vaccine doses per day, and staffing is becoming an issue at the department.
Weis says the national shortage of nurses is being felt in Wayne County.
Wayne UNC Health Care President and CEO Dr. Jesse Tucker says there were 43 COVID patients in the local hospital on Thursday, and Wayne UNC’s respiratory therapists are being stretched.
Wayne County Health Department Medical Director Dr. Jim Stackhouse warned it may take time to get enough of the forthcoming 3rd doses of the COVID vaccine for all of North Carolina.
Wayne County EMS Director Dave Cuddeback says call volume is up 26% during the current COVID surge, and the EMS staff remain committed to helping their community.
Wayne County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Marcia Manning says there are 24 nurses on staff at WCPS, and they’ve been able to utilize some federal COVID relief funding to increase the district’s nursing staff.
The Wayne County COVID-19 Connection call will be held once-a-month and is open to the public.