Bladen County has been dealing with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) Pandemic for almost a year. The Bladen County Health Department has seen thousands in reference to the virus.
According to Dr. Teresa (Terri) Duncan, Bladen County Health and Human Services Director, there have been over 20,000 COVID-19 tests given in Bladen County. The Bladen County Health Department continues to provide COVID-19 testing Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. unless there is bad weather.
“We are averaging 13 to 15 percent positive cases based on the drive-through,” Dr. Duncan reported.
“The health department started to give vaccines for the coronavirus on the Tuesday before Christmas. We continue to meet the allotment we continue to receive,” She added.
Yesterday, Dr. Duncan reported over 1,000 vaccines have been administered in Bladen County.
“We got an additional 100 doses on Thursday morning and we had them in the arm before 5 o’clock on Friday,” Dr. Duncan stated.
During last night’s Bladen County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, Dr. Duncan gave kudos to local first responders who have helped make administering vaccines a smooth process. She mentioned Emergency Services, Nathan Dowless and his team, the paramedics and EMTs, who work with David Howell, the Division of Aging, the Bladen County Library staff, and the nurses and staff who work at the health department.
Dr. Duncan said, “They have been phenomenal!”
The phone lines have been busy accepting calls for vaccine appointments. Some citizens have complained about not getting through to the local health department by phone. Dr. Duncan did notify the Board of County Commissioners regarding the phone issues.
The health department continues to offer vaccines when they are made available. If the health department is unavailable, Bladen County citizens may check with the Bladen County Hospital about receiving a vaccine.
Today’s COVID-19 Update is below.
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