Macon County announces enhanced COVID-19 testing

Beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 19, Macon County Public Health in partnership with Macon County EMS will be conducting COVID-19 testing and vaccinations Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Macon County Department of Public Health, located at 1834 Lakeside Drive.

Testing and vaccination schedule at MCPH.

Upon implementation, the revised testing and vaccination schedule will give us the capacity to test and vaccinate approximately 1750 individuals per week. While capacity for testing and vaccinations will increase dramatically, it is important to remember with respect to vaccinations that Macon County can only administer those vaccinations that we have received from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

As of Jan. 14,  MCPH has received 800 doses, of which 280 have been administered.

Furthermore, Macon County can only administer vaccines to individuals who have registered and been deemed eligible by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services under the states phasing guidelines.

Updates to the Macon County Website will now clearly display phasing information related to the statewide COVID-19 Vaccination distribution effort.

By clicking on the Vaccination Phase, located on the website homepage HERE, users will be directed to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services website, where detailed information on timing and eligibility for each vaccination phase is available.

In addition to phasing information, daily COVID-19 updates on the Macon County homepage will now contain vaccination information including number of vaccines administered as well as number of vaccines in stock.

Prior to Jan. 21, Macon County will continue to operate on a modified testing and vaccination schedule. The testing and vaccination schedule can be viewed on the Macon County website homepage.

Macon County Emergency Services will be hosting a drive-thru COVID-19 testing clinic for anyone who believes they may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the Nantahala community at the EMS Base on Junaluska Road on Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until tests run out. No appointment is necessary.

Community Assistance Requested

To assist in the community-wide vaccination enrollment process, Macon County has directly contacted local religious organizations in addition to community clubs and civic organizations, providing each of them with forms necessary to enroll their members in the CVMS program. A training session to assist those within the organizations designated to gather information from their membership will be conducted by Macon County on Jan. 20 at 11 a.m. via Zoom.

For more information on the upcoming training session or assisting any group/organization with the vaccination enrollment process, please email Tammy Keezer at tkeezer@maconnc.org.

Macon County is now advertising for five (5) part-time, processing assistant positions to assist our local Health Department in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. Primary duties will entail information dissemination as well as data entry and will be compensated at a rate of $15 per hour. Additional information and application instructions are available on the Macon County website HERE.

Deadline for application submittal is 6 p.m. on Jan. 19.

In addition to submitting applications on-line and in person, NC Works will be hosting a job fair at the Robert C. Carpenter Building located at 1288 Georgia Road on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from 2-6 p.m. for those interested in applying for the part-time processing assistant positions.

Macon County is seeking volunteers to assist our local Health Department in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic.

A volunteer registration form is posted on the Homepage of the Macon County website. Those interested in serving can fill out the registration form and submit it in person to the front desk of the Macon County Tax Office located at 5 West Main Street Franklin NC, 28734, or via email by sending it to volunteer@maconnc.org.

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