WNC COVID-19 Regional Community - April 9, 2021

April 12, 2021




Friday, April 9, 2021


North Carolina is working hard to close the vaccination gap and has now partially vaccinated more than 39% and fully vaccinated more than 27% of the state’s adult population. This week, all adults 16 and older became eligible to receive a vaccine. This month’s newsletter has information on COVID-19 vaccines and resources to support you and your community.


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Five Things


In this month’s news report you’ll find

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COVID-19 Trends

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Vaccine Updates

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What’s Working

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Community Resources

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Online Education

WNC COVID-19 Trends




North Carolina Is Opening Up. Governor Cooper has eased some restrictions and increased limits on large gatherings. The mask mandate is still in effect, but now many businesses can operate at 100% capacity; restaurants and gyms at 75%; and theaters, sporting and performance venues at 50%.

Vaccine Availability Is Increasing. All adults are now eligible to receive a vaccine under North Carolina’s “fast and fair” approach that has made vaccines available at more locations including health departments, community health centers, pharmacies, colleges, and pop-up community vaccine clinics.

COVID-19 Is Still Spreading. WNC counties are reporting daily positivity rates between 2.3% and 8.9%. Forty-one states, including North Carolina, are experiencing increases in cases in response to the easing of restrictions and COVID-19 variants circulating more widely, particularly the B.1.1.7. strain.


Want a Vaccine? It’s Your Turn!




If you are 16 years or older, you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Even better, vaccines are becoming easier to get. Waitlists are shrinking quickly as vaccine providers and supplies increase across our region.

Why wait? If you’ve chosen to “wait and see,” you may be encouraged to learn that more than 174 million Americans have been partially vaccinated and 20% of Americans fully vaccinated since December. The COVID-19 vaccines currently available have proven safe and effective, and most people experience only mild or no side effects after vaccination. By comparison, infection with COVID-19 can lead to severe illness and death, particularly for those with underlying health conditions.

Still have questions? Staying informed is a good way to support your health. You can learn more about how vaccines work, whether they are safe, and find other answers here.

If you're ready for your extra layer of protection against COVID-19, you can find your spot here:

I’m Vaccinated, Now What?


As more of us become fully vaccinated, we may wonder what we can and can’t safely do. New CDC guidance summarized below can help us navigate this new normal.

  • Be sure you are fully vaccinated. Full protection takes effect two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Get both doses. The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for maximum protection. Switching manufacturers is not recommended.
  • House rules. It is relatively safe for fully vaccinated members of one household to gather indoors with low-risk unvaccinated members of one other household without masks or social distancing.
  • Let risk be your guide. When gathering with unvaccinated people from more than one household and/or at higher risk for severe illness, wear a mask and maintain social distance.
  • When in doubt, play it safe. We know what helps protect unvaccinated people. Wearing masks, maintaining social distance, gathering outdoors, and avoiding unnecessary travel and crowds.

Even when fully vaccinated, continue to wear face coverings and maintain social distance in public to protect others who aren’t yet vaccinated.

Closing the Gap


North Carolina has made it a priority to ensure communities of color and historically marginalized populations have access to COVID-19 vaccines, a strategy that has ranked the state in the top ten for equitable vaccine coverage. For the first doses administered in the past month,

  • 19% have gone to Black and African American residents (approx. 23% of the population)
  • 10% have gone to Hispanic residents (10%)
  • 5% have gone to Asian American and Pacific Islanders (3%)
  • 1% have gone to Indigenous residents (2%)
  • 64% have gone to white residents (72%)

You can learn about local efforts to make vaccines more accessible in this recent WLOS news story. You can also help close the gap by sharing your reasons for getting vaccinated and by sharing information to help family and friends find their own reason. Below are a few resources you may find useful.

COVID-19 Community Resources


COVID-19 Information

Vaccine Facts


Vaccine Locations

  • Find My Spot (North Carolina) this online tool can help you find vaccine providers near you
  • Ingles online registration form
  • MAHEC/UNC Asheville at the Reuter Center on campus (Asheville)
  • Walgreens online search tool identifies available locations within 25 miles
  • Transportation to vaccination sites is available at no cost through your public transit system

Parenting Resources

  • At-Home Learning (NC Dept. of Public Instruction, NC State, PBS NC) airs daily livestream and YouTube video lessons for early learners through 12th grade.
  • Mental Health During COVID-19 (American Academy of Pediatrics) signs your child may need more support and how to support them
  • Parenting in a Pandemic (American Academy of Pediatrics) tips to support kids during uncertain times


Social Media You Can Share




Community Conversation Tools


COVID-19 Online Training




Bystander/Anti-Harrassment Training | Hollaback
Multiple dates

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) 2-Day Workshop | Vaya Health
Wednesday & Thursday, April 28-29, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Youth Mental Health First Aid | Vaya Health
Thursday, May 20 from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (these trainings fill up fast)

Recorded Webinars & FB Live Events:

COVID-19 and the Vaccine: African American Health Webinar Series |MAHEC

COVID-19 and Beyond Series for Youth (Black Coalition Against COVID)

Get the Scoop on Managing Stress Series (NC Governor’s Institute)

Let’s Talk COVID-19: The Vaccine Part I and Part II | YWCA of Asheville & BCHHS

Making it Plain: African Americans and the COVID-19 Vaccine (Howard University)



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