Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health and some community partners are coupling family fun with a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) Clinic to combat COVID-19 on Saturday.
In addition to live music, henna tattoos, face painting and free refreshments for all, “There will be gift cards for anyone who submits a saliva test sample or receives a vaccine to thank you for your efforts in keeping the community safe,” the health department posted on social media.
There will also be prize drawings from local businesses, according to LDCPH.
Public health leaders are pushing to increase the numbers of those fully vaccinated as the more-contagious delta variant of COVID-19 continues to spread.
Since the beginning of July, the number of new cases reported to the Douglas County health department — which had been in the single digits — has jumped back into double digits, including 11 new cases overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday.
Lawrence Mutual Aid Network, Student National Pharmaceutical Association (SNPhA), Sanctuary Alliance, and the Equity Impact Advisors are helping with the event, which is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Holcom Park, 2700 W. 27th St.
To help the hosts prepare, sign up by visiting LDCHealth.org/GetmyVaccine and entering the code 071021.
If you have questions or want to volunteer for the event Saturday, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is open to everyone, according to the health department.
We asked the Lawrence school board candidates what they think of the district’s now-universal mask mandate and, if elected, would they encourage district administrators to lift the mask mandate or keep it in place?
Anyone in need of a COVID-19 vaccine can get one without an appointment at Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health starting Monday, Aug. 2.
The Lawrence Times has published an interactive statistics dashboard for COVID-19 cases, vaccinations and more in Lawrence and Douglas County.
Story updated at 5:07 p.m. Tuesday: Following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health issued a news release encouraging locals ages 2 and older to wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.
Douglas County has confirmed 22 new cases of COVID-19 since Wednesday, and the county’s moving 14-day case average continued to tick upward as the United States deals with rising case totals due to the more contagious Delta variant of the virus.