CNN visits MCHD to report on COVID-19 vaccination efforts

July 23, 2021

CNN visits MCHD to report on COVID-19 vaccination efforts

MOBILE, Ala. — It was quite an exciting day at the Mobile County Health Department (MCHD) on Thursday. A team from CNN was present to produce a segment for the “Anderson Cooper 360” show. The episode is scheduled to run tonight between 7 and 8 p.m.

Gary Tuchman, a correspondent with the “Anderson Cooper 360” program, had reached out on Tuesday about doing a story on MCHD’s efforts to get more individuals vaccinated against COVID-19. In his initial email, he wanted the story to inspire viewers by showing them that “heroic people are out there ready to give you a COVID vaccine when you are ready for it.”

The team from CNN consisted of Mr. Tuchman, producer Anne Clifford, and cameraman Mark Biello. They traveled from across the country to converge in Mobile. Mr. Tuchman drove from Atlanta, Ms. Clifford flew in from New York, while Mr. Biello arrived from Jacksonville, Fla.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer of Mobile County, and Dr. Laura Cepeda, MCHD’s Chief Medical Officer, met the CNN staff when they arrived Thursday morning at the Keeler Memorial Building in Downtown Mobile. The CNN crew began by recording the COVID-19 vaccine operations that take place at Keeler each weekday.

After conducting an interview with Dr. Rendi Murphree, an Epidemiologist who oversees MCHD’s Bureau of Disease Surveillance and Control, the CNN team continued to speak with clients who agreed to tell their stories on why they had decided to come to Keeler that day to be vaccinated.

The filming continued into the night as the CNN trio followed our COVID-19 Response Team as it set up a vaccination clinic at the Bay Bites Food Truck Festival inside Mobile’s Cooper Riverside Park. It was the third outreach of the day for the COVID-19 Response Team, as MCHD had already given shots during the Dauphin Island Market in the Park and at the Occupational Health Center.

The stories from the clients at Cooper Riverside Park were much different from those who had come to Keeler. The ones getting their shots at the food truck event were not originally planning to be vaccinated on Thursday. However, when they saw MCHD was onsite ready to provide either the Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson vaccine, they took advantage of the opportunity.

MCHD and Family Health, its primary care division, have administered more than 30,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine. After hosting 22 clinics at the Alabama Cruise Terminal, they have gone on to conduct approximately 130 community-based clinics. This includes providing vaccine to international crews on cargo ships visiting Mobile and Theodore, as well as giving shots to homebound residents and their caregivers.

Overall, only 1 in 3 residents of Mobile County are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The weekly number of people infected with COVID-19 is going up, while the weekly number of people getting vaccinated for COVID-19 is going down. The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms in Mobile County has gone from 32 on July 9 to 75 on Wednesday.

The public can get either the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (for those 18 and older), the Pfizer vaccine (for those 12 and older) or the Moderna vaccine (for those 18 and older) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at both the Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile) and the Newburn Building (248 Cox Street in Mobile).

The daily COVID-19 data can be found at https://mchd.org/covid-19-dashboard. To learn the latest on MCHD’s vaccine events, visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243). Information is also available under the Events section of https://www.facebook.com/ILOVEMCHD/

MCHD schedules COVID-19 vaccine events

July 23, 2021

MCHD schedules COVID-19 vaccine events

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) COVID-19 Response Team has more opportunities to get your vaccine shots in the coming weeks. As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, this will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

Today, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine at Dotch’s Barber Shop (2912-C Dauphin Island Parkway in Mobile) from 10 a.m. to noon. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older). The second doses will be for those who got their initial shots on June 26.

On Saturday, July 24, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine at American Legion Post 250 (10950 Dauphin Island Parkway in Theodore) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older). Free COVID-19 rapid testing will also be offered.

On Tuesday, July 27, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine at Mary W. Burroughs Elementary School (6875 Burroughs Lane in Theodore) from 1 to 3 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older).

On Thursday, July 29, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine on the second floor of Mobile Regional Airport terminal (8400 Airport Boulevard in Mobile) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older) and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (which has been approved for those 18 and older). This clinic takes place at this location every three weeks on Thursdays.

On every Thursday, MCHD will provide Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older) at the Occupational Health Center. This facility is located near the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley (2050 Michigan Avenue in Mobile). The vaccine clinic will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

On Friday, July 30, MCHD’s COVID-19 Response Team will provide Pfizer vaccine at the Church of the Good Shephard (605 Donald Street in Mobile) from noon to 3 p.m. This vaccine has been approved for those 12 and older.

On Saturday, July 31, MCHD will provide Johnson & Johnson vaccine during the Back-to-School Extravaganza at Aquavia Event Home (2140 Lott Road in Eight Mile). This one-shot vaccine is approved for those 18 and older.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Those coming for their second-dose booster shot should bring the CDC vaccination card that was presented to them after their primary shot. If you no longer have the card, please be prepared to wait for the MCHD staff to retrieve your information from the statewide vaccination system.

The public can now get either the Johnson & Johnson vaccine (for those 18 and older), the Pfizer vaccine (for those 12 and older) or the Moderna vaccine (for those 18 and older) Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at both the Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile) and the Newburn Building (248 Cox Street in Mobile).

Along with offering vaccine, the Keeler and Newburn staffs also provide walk-in rapid testing weekdays between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Testing is free to all ages. Results are provided within 15 to 30 minutes while you wait. No appointments are necessary.

Individuals requesting a molecular test (Abbott ID Now) or a PCR test (through LabCorp) for personal preference or for travel must be tested at Family Health location. Appointments for these specific tests may be made by calling 251-690-8889.

For those wishing to make an appointment to receive COVID-19 vaccine, MCHD is now offering first-dose and second-dose Moderna vaccinations at several of its Family Health locations conveniently located throughout Mobile County. To secure a time to receive the shot, please call 251-690-8889.

To learn the latest on MCHD’s vaccine events, visit www.MCHDcares.com or call 251-410-MCHD (6243). Information is also available under the Events section of https://www.facebook.com/ILOVEMCHD/

 

Major Stallworth ends COVID-19 mission at MCHD

July 21, 2021

Major Stallworth ends COVID-19 mission at MCHD

MOBILE, Ala. — When Mobile County first began to feel the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alabama Army National Guard stepped in to embed a medical advisor to the Mobile County Health Department. Assigned to the post on April 20, 2020, was Major James Stallworth.

The selection was a perfect fit. Just prior to being activated, Major Stallworth became a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner. He has been a Registered Nurse at South Baldwin Regional Medical since 2002.

“I really didn’t know what to expect when I was directed to assist the Mobile County Health Department last year,” said Major Stallworth, who is currently the commander of the Medical Detachment of Alabama. “I had very limited experience with public health, and I was to learn what an asset you are to Mobile County and the surrounding areas.

“I really appreciate your patience, guidance, and expertise. This has been one of the most beneficial and meaningful deployments that I have ever had.”

Major Stallworth’s tour with MCHD came to a close on Tuesday. Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer of Mobile County, presented the major with a certificate of commendation for his work in helping to stem the spread of COVID-19.

“Major Stallworth is an outstanding soldier and nurse practitioner,” Dr. Eichold said. “He eagerly engaged with various members of the community. He helped with logistics and organized clinical delivery of vaccine to patients.”

Major Stallworth said he plans to start working as a Family Nurse Practitioner soon after leaving active duty.

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows caused by heavy rains

July 21, 2021

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer has responded to numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by recent heavy rains. The events stopped on July 20 at approximately 10 p.m.

The nearest manhole locations, estimated amounts and receiving waters are listed below:

Location                                              Estimated Gallons                               Receiving Water

Patricia St. @ Whistler St.                     120,000                                                 Gumtree Branch

N. Bessemer Ct. @ Whistler St.           42,000                                              Gumtree Branch

Dr. MLK Jr. Dr. @ Wood St.                 21,000                                                 Gumtree Branch

1205 N. Prichard Ave.                            72,000                                                 Toulmins Spring Branch

821 N. College St.                                    72,000                                                 Toulmins Spring Branch

705 Sample St.                                         63,000                                                 Toulmins Spring Branch

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of these overflows. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

Area residents should take precautions when using Gumtree Branch and Toulmins Spring Branch for recreational purposes because of these overflows. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

July 21, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by grease blockage

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow on July 20 at 2456 Old Shell Road. Approximately 600 gallons of wastewater overflowed and was contained as a result of a grease blockage. It did not reach a body of water.

MAWSS crews have cleared the blockage, stopped the overflow and are taking steps to repair the mainline to prevent future overflows at this location.

Grease blockages occur when foods containing fats, oil or grease are put down the drain. MAWSS provides free containers for grease recycling. You can learn more about the program by visiting www.itseasytobeungreasy.com.

Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II, Health Officer for Mobile County, advises area residents to take precautions when coming into contact with any standing water that may have accumulated as a result of this overflow. Those who have come into direct contact with untreated sewage are advised to wash their hands and clothing thoroughly.

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