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Posted on: January 1, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - January 1, 2021

For Immediate Release


Phone: 980-432-1800

Rowan County Case Information:

Vaccine Information and How to Take Action to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

A tested, safe and effective vaccine will be available to all who want it, but supplies will be limited at first. Rowan County continues to follow the phased approach with guidelines provided by the NC Department of Health and Human Services. Independent state and federal public health advisory groups have determined that the best way to fight COVID-19 is to start first with vaccinations for those most at-risk, then reach more people as the vaccine supply increases throughout 2021. Rest assured: you have a spot to take your shot. As phases open up, information will be shared through press releases, on the county website, on verified social media pages, and with local media. 

Keep practicing the 3 W’s—wear a mask, wait six feet apart, wash your hands—until everyone has a chance to get vaccinated.

The 3W’s:

  • WEAR (a cloth face covering over your mouth and nose anytime you exit your home)
  • WASH (your hands often or use hand sanitizer when soap and water are not accessible)
  • WAIT (at least 6 feet apart from anyone outside your immediate family)


Avoid the 3C’s:

  • Crowded places (where many people are nearby or in close proximity to each other)
  • Close-contact settings (where people have close-range conversations)
  • Confined and enclosed spaces (with poor ventilation)

As a reminder, the risk of contracting COVID- 19 is even higher in places where all three of these factors overlap.


In addition to practicing the 3W’s and 3C’s every day, you should continue to practice the following things as well:


  • Clean items with disinfectant that may be used by multiple people
  • When possible, open windows and doors for better ventilation
  • Keep your hands clean and always cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wear your face mask so that it covers BOTH your nose and your mouth
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home unless you need urgent medical care

Remember we will never get ahead of this pandemic if everyone does not do their part to stop the transmission of this virus. Be a responsible citizen by practicing the 3Ws and avoiding the 3Cs!


Alyssa Harris

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