MCHD to provide COVID-19 vaccine and tests during football celebrations

September 21, 2021

MCHD to provide COVID-19 vaccine and tests during football celebrations

MOBILE, Ala. — The Mobile County Health Department’s (MCHD) COVID-19 Response Team is announcing more opportunities for getting vaccine shots and to being tested. As with all MCHD COVID-19 events, this will follow a first-come, first-served format. No appointments will be taken.

The latest outings will be in conjunction with this week’s Gulf Coast Challenge football game. The 2021 contest will feature the Tuskegee Golden Tigers and the Alabama A&M Bulldogs.

There are several events taking place prior to the game. For a full listing, visit https://thegulfcoastchallenge.com.

On Wednesday, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine during the Wednesday Night Concert at Cathedral Square (300 Conti Street in Mobile) from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older). Rapid testing will also be available during this event.

On Friday, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine during the Friday Night Concert and Second Line at Cathedral Square (300 Conti Street in Mobile) from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older). Rapid testing will also be available during this event.

On Saturday, MCHD will provide COVID-19 vaccine during the Saturday Game Day Tailgate event on Marti’s Tailgate Row at Ladd-Peebles Stadium (1621 Virginia Street in Mobile) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This will offer the Pfizer mRNA vaccine (which has been approved for those 12 and older). Rapid testing will also be available during this event.

While the concerts will be open to the public, Saturday’s event will be available to those attending the game as MCHD will be setup inside the stadium’s tailgate area.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

On every Thursday, MCHD will offer 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.

The public can now get either the Pfizer vaccine (for those 12 and older), the Moderna vaccine (for those 18 and older) or Johnson & Johnson vaccine (for those 18 and older) at both the Keeler Memorial Building (251 North Bayou Street in Mobile) and the Newburn Building (248 Cox Street in Mobile facing Saint Stephens Road).

At the Newburn Building, the weekday hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vaccine and testing will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The facility will now be closed on Sundays.

At the Keeler Memorial Building, vaccines and testing are available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The CDC now recommends that people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems receive an additional dose of mRNA COVID-19 vaccine at least 28 days after their second dose of Pfizer vaccine or Moderna vaccine. Those coming for their second or third dose 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.

Along with offering vaccine, the Keeler and Newburn staffs provide walk-in rapid testing during those same hours. 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).

Prichard updates Sanitary Sewer Overflows report

September 21, 2021

Prichard updates Sanitary Sewer Overflows report

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board has provided updates to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management regarding numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nicholas on September 15-16. The nearest manhole locations, estimated amounts, and receiving waters are listed below:

Location                                              Estimated Gallons                               Receiving Water

Patricia St. @ Whistler St.                     972,000                                                Gumtree Branch

Bessemer Ct. @ Whistler St.                 750,000                                                Gumtree Branch

Dr. MLK Jr. Dr. @ Wood St.                 432,000                                                Gumtree Branch

2408 Whistler St.                                  216,000                                                Gumtree Branch

1907 First Ave.                                     500,000                                                Gumtree Branch

Chin St. @ Butts St.                              1,296,000                                             Storm Drain

821 N. College St.                                864,000                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

Prichard Ave. @ Newsome Ave.           720,000                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

705 Sample St.                                     600,000                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

830 Strauss St.                                      432,000                                                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.

ADPH provides an update on the ordering of monoclonal antibody doses

September 20, 2021

ADPH provides an update on the ordering of monoclonal antibody doses

MOBILE, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) has asked that information about ordering and tracking monoclonal antibody doses be shared with medical personnel in Mobile County.

ADPH’s Pharmacy Division will send a “ReadyOp” survey link out to existing monoclonal antibody providers each week (probably on Tuesdays). The providers must respond with the number of patients they anticipate treating the next week (the deadline will probably be Wednesday evening).

ADPH will receive from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) the number of vials allocated to Alabama and determine how many will go to each facility. It is expected that requests will exceed our allocation. ADPH then tells the drug wholesale company Amerisource how much to send to each facility.

“During this transition, our highest priority will be to ensure that the ordering process for monoclonal antibodies is in place, so Alabama healthcare providers can be sent needed products as soon as possible,” said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.

The increased incidence of the Delta variant of COVID-19 has caused a substantial surge in the use of monoclonal antibody products. Monoclonal antibody treatments help those at high risk for serious COVID-19 illness, individuals who have recently tested positive for the virus, or people who are close contacts of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19. Monoclonal antibody treatment builds rapid immunity to the virus and helps prevent hospitalization, but they are not a replacement for COVID-19 vaccination.

ADPH emphasizes that it is critical that non-hospital providers (including long-term care facilities) accurately report utilization through the TeleTracking data collection process while hospitals report through the Alabama Incident Management System (AIMS). Utilization is used to determine how many vials are allocated to Alabama, and it will be used by ADPH to determine how many vials, if any, are approved for that provider.

Providers that do not report utilization will be given a lower priority because reporting is so critical in determining the state’s allocation. Non-hospital providers that need assistance with a TeleTracking account should send an email to hhs-protect@teletracking.com.

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by force main break

September 17, 2021

MAWSS reports Sanitary Sewer Overflow caused by force main break

MOBILE, Ala. — Mobile Area Water & Sewer System (MAWSS) responded to a Sanitary Sewer Overflow at 8020 Three Notch Road that began September 16 and ended September 17. Approximately 20,340 gallons of wastewater overflowed because of a break on a sewer force main.

MAWSS crews were able to reclaim 12,340 gallons of the overflow, while 8,000 gallons flowed into Baker Creek. MAWSS crews have repaired the broken force main and are taking steps to prevent future overflows at this location.

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.

Area residents should take precautions when using Baker Creek for recreational purposes because of this overflow. All seafood harvested in this general area should be thoroughly cooked before eating. People should wash hands after cleaning seafood and before preparing food.

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows

September 17, 2021

Prichard reports on Sanitary Sewer Overflows

 

MOBILE, Ala. — Prichard Water Works & Sewer Board responded to numerous Sanitary Sewer Overflows (SSO) caused by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Nicholas on September 15-16. The nearest manhole locations, estimated amounts, and receiving waters are listed below:

Location                                              Estimated Gallons                               Receiving Water

Bessemer Ct. @ Whistler St.                 More than 500,000/Less than 750,000    Gumtree Branch

Patricia St. @ Whistler St.                     More than 500,000/Less than 750,000    Gumtree Branch

2408 Whistler St.                                  487,000                                                Gumtree Branch

Dr. MLK Jr. Dr. @ Wood St.                 390,000                                                Gumtree Branch

W. Highland Ave.                                   108,000                                        Gumtree Branch

Wilcraft Road                                      72,000                                                 Gumtree Branch

821 N. College St.                                780,000                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

Prichard Ave. @ Newsome Ave.           585,000                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

705 Sample St.                                     292,000                                                Toulmins Spring Branch

830 Strauss St.                                      288,000                                                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.

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