Daily cartoon and live briefing: Sunday August 22, 2021
Today in the eyes of the editorial staff: Hurricane Henri is heading towards Long Island, NY, as we end up with another scorcher with highs in the lower 90s and heat index readings 102 to 106. Krugman on masking: “Saying what should be obvious”, writes Paul Krugman, getting vaccinated and wearing a mask in public spaces are not “personal choices”. When you reject your shots or refuse to mask yourself, you increase my risk of catching a life-threatening or crippling disease, and also help perpetuate the social and economic costs of the pandemic. In a very real sense, the irresponsible minority deprives us of life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. […] since masks have become a front in the culture war, it is clear that many opponents of mask mandates are not just asking for the right to unmask themselves – they want to prevent others from acting responsibly. Tucker Carlson has called on his viewers to confront people they meet who wear masks, and there have been scattered reports of violent attacks on mask wearers.
Vaccination and testing schedule from August 13 to 20: With the start of the school year and the continued rise in the number of reported COVID cases each week, the Flagler County Department of Health (DOH-Flagler) continues to expand its testing and vaccination clinics. Appointments for testing and vaccinations are now available seven days a week at 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell and tests five days a week at 120 Airport Road, 2sd ground. Please consider the following when contacting the health department for a COVID-19 test or vaccination:
- Weekdays 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 120 Airport Road, second floor, Palm Coast is for testing of students, parents, teachers and school staff. No appointment is necessary. This site does not offer vaccines.
- Weekdays 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. at 301 Dr. Carter Blvd in Bunnell offer both driving test and Pfizer walk-in vaccines. This drive-thru service is designed to people with symptoms of COVID on appointment. Appointments fill up quickly and can be scheduled by calling 386-437-7350 on weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
No appointment is necessary for walk-in vaccinations, offered exclusively at location 301 Dr. Carter. The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone 12 years of age and older.
- NEW! Saturdays and Sundays 9 am-11am at 301 Dr. Carter Blvd. in Bunnell will host testing for students, teachers and school staff in Flagler who are considered close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID. These are people who have been quarantined for at least four days and who are performing tests as part of the “Test to Return” program.
- The health department does not offer travel verification testing at this time.
For more information on local COVID-19 vaccination and testing efforts, please call 386-437-7350 ext. 0 weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
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