Did you know Americans throw away 25% more trash from Thanksgiving to New Year's Day than any other time of year? In fact, every person creates about 36 more pounds of waste in December, the same as throwing away seven computer monitors!
All that holiday decorating, cooking and gifting means unnecessary waste can pile up at the landfill and harm the environment. So our Wake County Solid Waste team is celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas by sharing 12 easy tips to spend more time with loved ones and less time filling up the trash can!
Following approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Wake County Public Health is preparing to offer updated COVID-19 boosters for use in children 6 months and older. Both the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna bivalent vaccine shipments have arrived. Wake County plans to begin allowing parents to schedule their children’s booster appointments on the morning of Friday, Dec. 16.
Hundreds of people in North Carolina each day are waiting inside hospital emergency departments for behavioral health care. One reason is that a real-time list of operational beds isn’t available, which makes it difficult to connect people in emergency departments to care in more appropriate settings. To address the growing behavioral health crisis, the NC Department of Health and Human Services is today launching a new tool to help hospitals and other providers quickly find an open bed where people can get the behavioral health treatment they deserve.