School reopening options focus of Board of Education meeting

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education will meet virtually in a specially called meeting beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

The board is expected discuss school reopening options and is expected to take action on the adoption of the 2020-2021 calendar. A committee of Board of Education members has been looking at different reopening scenarios.

The public can watch the meeting via WS/FCS Educational TV Cable 2 (Spectrum customers) or it can be watched live on the Cable 2 website.

Lisa O’Donnell

Health department gets $1.23M from CARES Act

The Forsyth County Department of Public Health has received $1.23 million in federal CARES Act funding for COVID-19 pandemic efforts, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Counties can use the money for staffing, infection controls, testing and tracing, information-technology infrastructure, and data sharing and visualization.

Local health departments will receive a base allocation of $90,000 per county with additional funding based on population size and their cumulative positive COVID-19 caseload. Some local health departments represent multiple counties.

The 14-county Triad and Northwest N.C. received a combined $6 million.

The breakdown of the remaining health department funding follows: Alamance, $461,821; Appalachian, $417,667; Davidson, $486,755; Davie, $185,324; Guilford, $1.34 million; Randolph, $580,039; Rockingham, $236,095; Stokes, $175,162; Surry, $285,808; Wilkes, $383,669; and Yadkin, $223,484.

Richard Craver

Infant killed in vehicle collision in Statesville

A 2-month-old died in a head-on crash Friday afternoon.

Jamaree Simpson died and a second child, 2-year-old Maari Simpson was injured and Is being treated at a local hospital.

The Statesville Police Department, in a news release, said the two children were passengers in a vehicle driven by Jaheim Simpson. In the 1200 block of Museum Road, Simpson’s vehicle went into oncoming traffic and collided with a vehicle being driven by Tanisha Lashay Marshall.

Marshall was taken to a local hospital while Jaheim Simpson was taken by Iredell EMS to Wake Forest Baptist Health Center and was in critical but stable condition. Marshall was also listed in stable condition.

Forsyth County wins innovation awards

Forsyth County has won two achievement awards for innovation in county government from the National Association of Counties.

Emergency Medical Services’ community paramedics program won in the health category. The program helps divert patients from frequently calling 911 when there are other services that might meet their needs better, such as behavioral health or substance abuse services.

A collaboration between Moji Coffee and More and the Forsyth County Central Library won in the human services category. The nonprofit Moji Coffee provides good jobs with transferable skills for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The nonprofit approached the county for start-up funds in 2019. When a space for a coffee shop opened up in the Central Library, the county offered it to Moji.

Forsyth County libraries are currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, but are expected to reopen, along with the Central Library Moji Coffee location, on June 29.

Staff report

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