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NC COVID-19 Blog: Military personnel arrive to aid in Greensboro mass vaccination site set to open Wednesday

Get the latest updates from Gov. Roy Cooper and the state task force on the vaccine supply in North Carolina and find out where you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Get the latest updates on COVID-19 and vaccine supply from Gov. Roy Cooper and the state task force, health departments, universities, school districts, and more in this story. We'll put North Carolina's COVID-19 numbers in context for you, and explain what it could mean for the reopening process. Click here to find your spot to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

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9:27 a.m. Air Force personnel arrived yesterday and will be deployed here for 8 weeks. They all have some form of medical training, including doctors, nurses, pharmacy techs, medical techs, and more. They will be helping out at Greensboro's mass vaccination clinic set to open Wednesday. 

FRIDAY, March 5, 2021

11:46 a.m. Forsyth County Department of Public Health, Novant Health, and Wake Forest Baptist Health will hold a mass COVID-19 vaccination event on March 12-14 at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Education Building for healthcare workers, seniors, and essential frontline workers.

Appointments for the event will be available starting on Friday, March 5.  Public Health’s appointment call center will be open March 8 and 9 to take appointments at 336-360-5260. 

Staff from all three organizations will administer doses from the initial 9,000 dose shipment the organizations received of the new Johnson and Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, which is a single-shot vaccine. 

All three vaccines that are now available are built on years of research and have been proven to be effective in preventing hospitalizations and deaths, according to a release. 

Novant Health requested the Janssen vaccine on behalf of all three organizations. Novant received the vaccine on Wednesday and then transferred it to Forsyth County Public Health for the event.


8:20 p.m.  According to LTC Matt DeVivo, Director of Public Affairs at North Carolina National Guard, 140 US Air Force active duty clinicians and medical personnel will be coming to lead the efforts at a FEMA Vaccine Clinic in Greensboro.

In addition, the North Carolina National Guard will also have about 50 soldiers and airmen there to help with logistics and traffic flow and possibly data entry.

Similar to what the Guard has been doing in other vaccine locations across the state 

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4 p.m. - 9,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines are set to arrive in Forsyth County this week

Forsyth County is set to receive 9,000 doses of the new Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine sometime this week, according to a news release. 

Unlike other vaccines, Johnson & Johnson's vaccine is given in a single shot, and it can be stored under refrigerated conditions.

According to officials, the single-shot vaccines will be administered by the Forsyth County Health Department, Novant Health, and Wake Forest Baptist Health.

The hospitals and health department will still also continue to use the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.  

RELATED: 9,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccines arriving in Forsyth County this week

3 p.m. - NC frontline essential workers eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting Wednesday

All frontline essential workers in North Carolina will be eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine starting Wednesday, according to Gov. Roy Cooper.

Cooper announced the eligibility during a press conference Tuesday. 

Vaccines will be open to all people under Group 3, which include grocery store workers, restaurant workers, first responders, farmworkers and more. 

State leaders also announced people in Group 4 will be able to get the vaccine starting March 24. Group 4 includes those at higher risk from COVID-19 due to underlying medical conditions as well as people in certain congregate-living settings. 

RELATED: NC frontline essential workers eligible for COVID-19 vaccine starting Wednesday


12 p.m. -- Cone Health is treating 86 COVID-19 patients Monday - seven fewer than the previous day. Guilford County reported no new deaths in the last day. 

It's too soon to see the impact of eased restrictions, as symptoms take between five to seven days to present themselves and then another two or so days to get a test and results back to NCDHHS. 

A new statewide recovery report is expected Monday. You can find it here. 

Statewide COVID-19 is late for both Sunday and Monday. DHHS paused Sunday updates to do software upgrades on its COVID-19 dashboard. 

Check back for an update on the latest COVID-19 data for the state. 

Statewide data 3/1 (still waiting for report):

  • Newly-confirmed cases:
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  • Statewide hospitalizations:
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8 a.m. -- Another tested, safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is heading to North Carolina. The federal government authorized the distribution of Johnson & Johnson’s (Janssen) one-shot vaccine and more than 80,000 doses are expected to arrive in the state this week, beginning on Wednesday.

RELATED: North Carolina to get Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Wednesday


Remember facts, not fear when talking about the coronavirus. You should take the safety measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Abide by the three W's. That means wearing a mask, washing your hands, and waiting at least six feet from another person. You also want to avoid touching your face and make sure to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it away.


It is important to make sure the information you are getting about the coronavirus is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS. Be careful not to spread misinformation about coronavirus on social media.

For more information visit the CDC OR NCDHHS website.


The state also has a special hotline set up where you can call 866-462-3821 for more information on the coronavirus. You can also submit questions online at ncpoisoncontrol.org or select chat to talk with someone about the virus.

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