Free Drive-Thru Mask Event In Harford County Planned Wednesday

BEL AIR, MD — The Harford County Health Department is hosting a drive-thru mask event for Harford County businesses Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Businesses will be able to visit 120 South Hays Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday to pick up their masks.

Register to specify the number of masks and to reduce the wait time.

The free event is held in partnership with the Maryland Department of Health as part of its campaign to promote mask usage.

“Wearing a mask can help slow the spread of COVID-19, and we welcome any business who is in need of masks for their staff or guests to drive-thru on Wednesday,” Acting Harford County Health Officer Marcy Austin said in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to distribute masks for our local community, without charge, to continue with safety precautions against COVID-19.”

There are 3,430 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Harford County as of Tuesday, Oct.20, according to state health officials.

The timing of Wednesday’s drive-thru mask giveaway was intentional, local health experts said, as the flu season typically begins in October.

“Especially with the upcoming flu season, your actions can define the health of our community,” Harford County Health Department Emergency Coordinator Lisa Swank, R.N., said in statement.

“The Harford County Health Department is encouraging all residents to continue to wear masks and social distance, especially during flu season,” Swank said. “This is why we are providing Harford County businesses with free masks to distribute to their patrons and employees during this time of year.”

The most recent flu surveillance report from the Maryland Department of Health shows no positive test results for influenza so far, although there was one influenza-related hospitalization for the week ending Oct. 3, officials said.

In early October, Gov. Larry Hogan said Maryland was shifting its coronavirus strategy as flu season arrives, bracing for a potential hospital surge and ramping up its flu testing capacity.

Both coronavirus and influenza are contagious illnesses that can be spread through respiratory droplets.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing face coverings in public, maintaining 6 feet of distance and frequently washing hands to prevent the spread of illness.

People in Maryland are required to wear face coverings inside most businesses if they are older than 2. Among the exceptions are those who have medical conditions that preclude mask wearing and patrons who are eating and drinking.

The Harford County Health Department at 120 South Hays Street is hosting its drive-thru mask event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

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Drive-Thru Flu Clinic For Lawrence Township Residents On Oct. 28

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Lawrence Township is hosting a drive-thru flu clinic for residents on Oct. 28.

Residents need to register for the clinic and an appointed time will be designated for each registrant.

Vaccines will be administered by a Rite Aid pharmacist. Please bring your Medicare and/or health insurance card.

Without insurance information, you will be charged $32. Vaccines will be available for children between 13-18 years, when accompanied by a parent, and for individuals over the age of 18. Wear clothes that will easily expose your upper arm.

The township has implemented new safety procedures for the upcoming clinics due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic.

All attendees will be expected to adhere to the following regulations when they arrive at the clinic:

Contact the Lawrence Township Health Department at 609 844-7089 for more information. Once registration closes all those who registered will receive an email with a time slot to arrive for their flu vaccination.

To register, click here: https://docs.google.com/forms/…

Location:
Lawrence Township Senior Center – Parking Lot 30
East Darrah Lane
Lawrence Township
New Jersey 08648

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Peabody To Offer Free Flu Shots At Drive-Thru Clinic

PEABODY, MA — With all students in the state — both in school and remote — required to have a flu shot this school year, the Peabody Health Department is offering a free, drive-thru clinic on Saturday at the Department of Public Services.

The clinic for those 6 months old and older will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Farm Avenue location. Those seeking a vaccination can pre-register here.

All public school students must get the flu shot by Dec. 31, unless they have a medical or religious exemption or are homeschooled, Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said, noting the flu vaccine is “the smart thing to do.”

According to Polito, students enrolled in remote learning are not exempt.

The clinic is open to Peabody residents.

The standard quadrivalent flu vaccine will be available, along with a limited quality of high-dose flue vaccines for those over 65 years old, as well as the FluMist vaccine for children, if requested.

The Board of Health said all participants should wear masks and short-sleeve shirts so the shot can be administered. People are also reminded to leave their pets at home.

Those with health insurance should bring their cards and Medicare cards, but no one will be turned away if uninsured or underinsured.

Vehicles should enter the parking lot through the Centennial Park/Jubilee Drive area.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus should not come to the clinic.

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