Duplin County NC

Duplin County’s Weekly COVID-19 Update

 

DEPARTMENT:  Duplin County Health Department                                                                                                        

SALARY:   “Based on Nursing Degree and Public Health Nursing Experience”

OPENING DATE:   September 29, 2020      “OPEN UNTIL FILLED”

 

GENERAL DESRIIPTION OF DUTIES

The purpose of this position is to participate as a nurse on the communicable diseases COVID-19 Response Team. This position will provide public nursing health services in clinic and/or other community service settings which includes follow-up and outbreak management using federal, state, and local laws to support public health intervention and practice. Also involves education of peers and members within the community.  As a public health nurse, a high level of nursing skill is required to complete histories, exams and determine the appropriate action. This employee must stay current and have a working knowledge of standing orders, child health, family planning, maternal health. STD, chronic disease, communicable disease, adult health and immunizations.

 

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. It is not necessarily descriptive of any one position in the class. The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein if such functions are a logical assignment to the position.

85% COVID-19 Response Team

  • Responsible for assessing and evaluating need for COVID-19 community testing in consultation with the Health Director, Medical Director, and Communicable Disease Program Manager.
  • Assists with scheduling and organizing COVID-19 outreach testing events.
  • Ensures the NCDHHS COVID-19 community testing events webpage is updated to reflect events.
  • Ensure testing event flyers are created and displayed appropriately and in a timely matter.
  • Provides guidance to Health. Educator for social media outreach related to COVID-19 for the general and high-risk populations.
  • Collects nasopharyngeal and nasal nares COVID-19 specimens in a drive-thru/walk-up outdoor or clinic setting.
  • Responsible for ensuring and evaluating infection control measures are adhered to in COVID-1 9 testing events.
  • Ensures appropriate PPE is used by staff to maintain appropriate infection control measures by providing education to staff annually.
  • Track inventory of PPE and assist with the ordering supplies to secure PPE needed for community testing in community testing events.
  • Answer telephone calls from patients with questions, concerns, and providing information and referrals as necessary to ascertain patient’s needs are
  • Investigate COVID-19 cases using a scripted template to guide the interview process and assure all required questions are asked, education given, and interaction is conducted with professionalism and empathy to encourage forthrightness.
  • Follow the current protocol for contacting assigned newly diagnosed COVID-I9 case patients and document all contact attempts and timeframes in a          timely manner.
  • If unable to reach case patient after set number of required phone calls/texts/emails have been made, arrange to perform field visit if residential or work address is available.

10% Clinic

  • Participates in direct patient of clients receiving services in the Health Department clinic including adult health services, child health services, STD services, immunizations, communicable diseases and tuberculosis control.
  • Maintains knowledge of immunizations, physical assessment, TB skin testing and treatment, STD treatments, and communicable disease. .
  • Documents completely in EMR system.

MARGINAL FUNCTIONS

While the following tasks are necessary for the work of the unit, they are not an essential part of the purpose of this position and may also be performed by other unit members.

5% Other Duties

  • Participates in shelter duty and other activities relating to the Department’s emergency response and other disaster relief efforts.
  • Serves as a team member during outreach projects such as flu vaccine season and disease outbreaks.
  • Performs any other duties and responsibilities as directed.

 

MINIMUM TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

Graduation from a four-year college or university with a BS degree in nursing which includes a public health nursing rotation and one year of Public Health experience; or Graduation from an accredited school of professional nursing and two years professional nursing experience including one year in public health; or An equivalent combination of education and experience and Previous Public Health experience in CD is highly preferred for this position.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS

Certified in basic CPR life support; Valid NC driver’s license; Reliable means of transportation for work assignments; Complete the course and pass the test for Introduction to Principles and Practices of Public Health within 1 year, if employee lacks a BSN with public health rotation; Completion of Dispensing by Public Health nurses within one year of hire date; Completion of Introduction to Communicable Disease Surveillance and Investigation in North Carolina within one year of hire date; Completion of .0206 NC Infection Prevention Course within one year of hire date

 

 

 

Duplin County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) are launching new initiatives to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing across the state and help Duplin County families protect themselves and their neighbors. Testing and tracing are core public health measures and key components of North Carolina’s strategy to responsibly ease restrictions while continuing to slow the spread of the virus.

People in Duplin County can now access new online tools to determine if they should consider being tested for COVID-19 and find a nearby testing place. The tool will also help individuals monitor their symptoms if they have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19. In addition, NCDHHS launched a new platform to integrate contact tracing efforts across the state. Duplin County Health Department will transition over the next several weeks to use this specific software program for ongoing contact tracing work.

“There are a number of testing sites located within Duplin County so if you feel that you should be tested, then call your primary care provider or visit the new online tool to identify a local testing site,” said Tracey Simmons-Kornegay, Duplin County Health Director.

“These new COVID-19 testing tools and resources help North Carolinians have the support and information they need to take care of themselves and their loved ones,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. “When more people get tested, and we all work alongside the COVID-19 Community Team to do our part with contact tracing, we can protect our loved ones and slow the spread of the virus.”

New Online Tools to Increase Access to Testing
Having more than tripled the amount of testing completed just a month ago, North Carolina continues to ramp up testing. The new online tools are intended to help people know if they may need a test, how to get a test, and monitor their own symptoms if advised to do so by a contact tracer. These tools include:

     Check My Symptoms (www.ncdhhs.gov/symptoms), a public website that allows people to enter their symptoms to determine if they should      consider getting tested for COVID-19. If a test is recommended, they will receive a link to a list of nearby testing sites via email or text.

     Find My Testing Place (www.ncdhhs.gov/TestingPlace), a public website that allows people to enter their county or ZIP code and access a list of nearby testing site locations online.

     COVID-19 Community Team Outreach (CCTO) Tool, a password-protected online software that helps people track their own symptoms if they have been advised to do so by the COVID-19 Community Team. It is also a platform that helps streamline and integrate contact tracing work across the state.

Expanded Contact Tracing Through The COVID-19 Community Team
Through contact tracing, the COVID-19 Community Team reaches out to people who may have recently come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and connects them with the information and support needed to protect themselves and their loved ones.
It is important that people answer the call when the Community Team reaches out. Individuals being
contacted will get an initial text from the number 45394 or email from NC-ARIAS-NoReply@dhhs.nc.gov
with follow-up phone calls from Duplin County Health Department at 910-296-2130 or from NC
OUTREACH (844-628-7223). The Community Team will never ask for anyone’s Social Security Number,
bank or credit card numbers, or any other financial information at any time. Any information shared
during the call is a private health record and is strictly confidential.

Continued Prevention Measures
All North Carolinians should continue practicing their 3 Ws when they leave home: Wear. Wait. Wash.
      Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
      Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
      Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

“If we all do our part, we can protect our family and neighbors and get back to enjoying things
like family gatherings, pastimes, and community events outside of our homes,” said NCDHHS Secretary
Mandy Cohen, M.D. “By working together, we will slow the spread of this virus.”
For more information on testing and contact tracing, please call Duplin County Health Department at
910-296-2130 ext 8160.

NCDHHS has provided the following:
      Frequently Asked Questions about Testing (covid19.ncdhhs.gov/Testing)
     Frequently Asked Questions about Contact Tracing (covid19.ncdhhs.gov/ContactTracing)
     Latest information on COVID-19, visit nc.gov/covid19

For more data and information about North Carolina’s testing strategy, visit the COVID-19 North
Carolina Dashboard: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.

May 13, 2020

Local, state, and federal agencies, along with Villari Foods, are taking action together
to protect Villari team members, mitigate further spread of COVID-19, and protect the food supply chain
following a recent outbreak at Villari Foods production facilities in Duplin County. An outbreak is defined
as two or more positive cases identified within the same facility.

In recent months, Villari Foods took the appropriate action steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, including
strict sanitization protocols, social distancing everywhere possible, daily temperature screenings, and
required use of face masks when inside the facility. Villari Foods and Duplin County Health Department
have been working together very closely, which has been instrumental in helping Villari Foods contain this
pandemic to the best of its ability.

Duplin County Health Department is leading the outbreak response, including contact tracing to
determine who may have been exposed to each positive COVID-19 case. The health department gathers
all the necessary information when there is a positive case identified to include their close contacts to
ensure each individual is following the CDC guidelines and are in isolation at home. Villari Foods will
continue to provide pay for team members unable to work when testing positive for COVID-19, recovering
from the disease, or because they have been asked to self-quarantine by the health department or other
medical professional.

To protect team members and the food supply, Villari Foods is following the interim COVID-19 guidance
for meat and poultry processing, processing workers and employers from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/meat-poultry-processingworkers-
employers.html). Villari Foods aggressively continues to pursue initiatives that best protect
employees while they are at work. The company’s response efforts continue to evolve as new guidance
and supplies become available. Most recently, the company has implemented protective face shields for
production areas where physical distancing is not possible.

“We are grateful to have the support of local, state, and federal agencies through this unprecedented
time. Our goal is to protect the safety of our team members; this is crucial for us so we can continue to
help supply food for your tables,” said Joe Villari, CEO of Villari Foods.

For more information on North Carolina’s COVID-19 response and links to other guidance, please
visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19. Also, the Duplin County Health
Department has a COVID-19 phone line (910-296-2130 ext. 8160) for questions only as no medical advice
or assessments are provided from this line. Villari Brothers’ COVID Coordinator can be reached at 910-
293-2157 ext. 6527.

The Duplin County Health Department is reporting the first COVID-19 associated
death in Duplin County.

The individual died on May 1, 2020, from complications associated with the virus. The individual was older than 65 with underlying medical condition(s). To protect the family’s privacy, no further information about this individual will be released.

“My condolences to the individual’s family that is suffering from their loss. My thoughts and prayers will continue to be with them through the days and weeks ahead,” said Tracey Simmons-Kornegay, Duplin County Health Director.

To stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in North Carolina, visit North Carolina’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 Response’s webpage at https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19 or text COVIDNC to 898211. A local telephone line dedicated to COVID-19 questions has been established at the Health Department: 910-296-2130 ext. 8160. No medical advice or assessments will be given from this phone

April 27, 2020

Local, state, and federal agencies, along with turkey producer Butterball, LLC, are taking action together to protect employees, mitigate further spread of COVID-19, and protect the food supply following a recent outbreak at the Butterball production facility in Duplin County located near the town of Mt Olive. An outbreak is defined when there are two or more positive cases identified within the same facility.

In recent months Butterball took the appropriate action steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, including strict sanitization protocols, social distancing everywhere possible, daily temperature screenings and required use of surgical-style face masks when inside the facility. Butterball, LLC. and Duplin County Health Department have been working together with the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS) in addition to other local agencies such as Goshen Medical Center, local hospitals, and other local health departments.

Duplin County Health Department is leading the outbreak response, including contact tracing to determine who may have been exposed to each positive COVID-19 case. The health department gathers all the necessary information when there is a positive case identified to include their close contacts to ensure each individual is following the CDC guidelines and are in isolation at home. Butterball will continue to provide pay and benefits for employees unable to work while being tested for COVID-19, recovering from the disease or because they have been asked to self-quarantine by the health department or other medical professional.

To protect employees and the food supply, Butterball, LLC. is following the interim COVID-19 guidance for meat and poultry processing facilities, (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/meat-poultry-processing-workers-employers.html), from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Butterball continues to aggressively pursue initiatives that best protect employees while they are at work. The company’s response efforts continue to evolve as new guidance and supplies become available. Most recently, the company is sourcing protective face shields for production areas where physical distancing is not possible.

“We are pleased to have the support of local, state and federal agencies through this unprecedented time,” said Butterball President and CEO, Jay Jandrain. “Ensuring we have the proper safety and operational procedures in place to protect the safety of our team members is crucial for us to continue putting food on tables as the country responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For more information on North Carolina’s COVID-19 response and links to other guidance, please visit https://www.nc.gov/covid19. Also, the Duplin County Health Department has a COVID-19 phone line (910-296-2130 ext. 8160) for questions only as no medical advice or assessments are provided from this line. Butterball, LLC. employees may contact the team member care line at 919-255-7610.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on Duplin County residents and Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 124, Duplin County Water Department will not disconnect service to residential customers for non-payment for at least 60 days. We will not impose late fees during this, but we encourage customers to keep bill payments current, if possible, to avoid a large balance due once the deferment period has ended. 

Please note, our water bills are pre-printed with statements saying that service will be disconnected if bills are not paid by the due date; however, the enactment of payment leniency for utility bills is currently in effect. Please disregard the service disconnection statement on your Duplin County Water bill at this time.

A Duplin County resident has tested positive for the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  This is Duplin County’s first case since COVID-19 was reported in the state of North Carolina.  Duplin County Health Department was notified of the positive test on March 24th, 2020, by the resident’s primary care physician.  It has been determined by the Health Department, that this case was a result of travel related contact with someone having COVID-19.

Duplin County Health Department staff are monitoring the individual and are following up with all persons identified as a close contact to the case.  The patient, along with their family, are currently following isolation protocol at home in accordance with CDC protocol and are under the supervision of Duplin County Health Department.

Duplin County Health Department continues to reinforce and promote the message of social distancing,proper hand washing hygiene, as well as personal and community safety.  All residents are urged to take the appropriate measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19:

• Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or more, if soap is unavailable use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
• Do not touch your face, eyes, nose and mouth.
• Avoid all contact with sick people or persons.
• Implement social distancing at all times when around others.
• Clean and disinfect all surfaces.
• Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue away.
• Stay home if you are sick and keep sick children home.

It is important to implement social distancing at all times to avoid large crowds and personal exposure to anyone who falls in the high-risk category.  Duplin County Health Department has activated a telephone line specifically dedicated to COVID-19: 910-296-2130 (ext. 8160).  This line is for general questions and no medical advice or assessments will be given from this line.  Duplin County residents,who have traveled to an area where COVID-19 is present within the last 14 days and have symptoms and are concerned need to contact their primary physician or healthcare provider.

Meetings remain cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.

Purpose:

Duplin County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is responsible for the development and maintenance of Duplin County’s Emergency Response Plan. In these duties they must: review the plan at least annually, and provide information about chemicals in the community to citizens. The committee meets every two months, on the fourth Thursday. New officers for the committee are elected at the January meeting each year.

Meetings are held at 9:30 am in the Duplin County Emergency Operations Center, at 209 Seminary Street Kenansville, NC. 
To inquire for membership, simply attend a scheduled meeting of the group, or contact Duplin County Fire & Emergency Management at (910) 296-2160.

At a minimum, the group must include the following representatives:

  • Elected state and local officials
  • Police, fire, civil defense, and public health professionals
  • Environment, transportation, and hospital officials
  • Facility representatives
  • Representatives from community groups and the media

Community Emergency Response Plans must include the following:

  • Identification of facilities and transportation routes of extremely hazardous substances
  • Description of emergency response procedures, on and off site
  • Designation of a community coordinator and facility emergency coordinator(s) to implement the plan
  • Outline of emergency notification procedures
  • Description of how to determine the probable affected area and population by releases
  • Description of local emergency equipment and facilities and the persons responsible for them
  • Outline of evacuation plans
  • A training program for emergency responders (including schedules)
  • Methods and schedules for exercising emergency response plans

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

The Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA) of 1986 was created to help communities plan for emergencies involving hazardous substances. EPCRA requires hazardous chemical emergency planning by federal, state and local governments, Indian tribes, and industry.  It also requires industry to report on the storage, use and releases of hazardous chemicals to federal, state, and local governments.

North Carolina Tier II Reporting Requirements

Tier II reports are forms that organizations and businesses in North Carolina with hazardous chemicals above certain quantities, are required to fill out by the EPA. Known officially as Emergency and Hazardous Chemical Inventory Forms, Tier II Reports are submitted annually to local fire departments, LEPC and State Emergency Response Commissions (SERCs) to help those agencies plan for and respond to chemical emergencies.

To determine if you have chemicals in quantities that require Tier II reporting, check the EPA’s List of Lists click HERE

North Carolina only accepts Tier II information submitted through E-Plan

A single submission of Tier II information to E-Plan satisfies the requirements for individual submissions to the SERC, LEPC, and local jurisdictional fire department. Click HERE

You may contact the following for additional information:
Tier II Administration: North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
4236 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-4236
Phone: 919-825-2277
E-Mail: epcrareporting@ncdps.gov

Helpful Links:

US Environmental Protection Agency
NC Department of Public Safety
Bylaws of the DC Local Emergency Planning Committee
LEPC Hazard Vulnerability Assessment December 2017