When a Yadkin County man was affected by pneumonia in each lungs with COVID-like signs, paramedic Kayla Johnson headed to his dwelling to assist. She discovered him barely in a position to stroll with dangerously low oxygen ranges. As soon as on the hospital, he was identified with blood clots in each lungs and the treating doctor advised Johnson that the person would have been in mortal hazard if he hadn’t come to the hospital when he did.
One other of Johnson’s sufferers was in quarantine at dwelling, and wanted assist attaching a blood-glucose monitor to their arm. Because of the quarantine, nervous relations weren’t in a position to come assist, so Johnson readily stopped by to pitch in.
By the county’s lately created COVID Specialist Paramedic place with Yadkin County EMS, Johnson has helped greater than 150 individuals, usually visiting sufferers at dwelling a number of occasions. The brand new place empowers Johnson to reply group questions on COVID-19 in addition to assist bridge communication between residents and their treating medical professionals. Johnson’s repute has unfold, and sufferers she has helped now suggest household and buddies attain out to her once they have COVID-related questions.
Johnson, who introduced an replace on her place at Monday’s Yadkin County Commissioners assembly, was fast to present credit score to her colleagues, as properly.
“It’s not simply me that makes this program occur,” she mentioned. “It’s the entire group.”
Additionally at Monday’s assembly, commissioners and County Supervisor Lisa Hughes mentioned the county’s functionality of administering greater than the 300 doses of the Moderna vaccine that the state allocates to Yadkin County every week. The county can also be simply accommodating the administration of the second dose wanted for every particular person, that are issued by the state along with the 300 weekly new doses of vaccine. Commissioners lamented the restricted provide.
County leaders are exploring methods to make the case for Yadkin to obtain greater than 300 per week as a result of they’ve heard the state could also be making extra accessible. One solution to set off qualifying for extra vaccines could also be to carry a big vaccination occasion, maybe in partnership with different counties, Hughes mentioned.
In different enterprise, the board thought-about a contract with Davis-Martin-Powell Associates, an engineering agency out of Excessive Level/Winston-Salem, to design a 601 waterline extension to allow a warehouse to put in a sprinkler system. The engineering part of the mission, which nonetheless wants Yadkinville City Commissioners’ approval, is value $73,300 and already has funds allotted totally from state and grant sources as a result of its standing as an financial improvement initiative. Hughes really useful the mission skip the request for quotes part and be awarded to Davis-Martin-Powell due to the agency’s present familiarity with the water system. The board accepted the request in a 5-0 vote.
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