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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Orange County buildings to remain closed to public as staff focuses on COVID vaccine distribution

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Staff from many departments, including the Orange County Public Library, are playing a crucial role in helping with the county’s top priority of vaccinating residents for the pandemic. Dozens of employees have been temporarily reassigned to answ...

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Posted on: February 15, 2021

Public Transportation Announces On-Demand Ride Service pilot program begins March 5 in Hillsborough

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Orange County Public Transportation (OCPT) is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of Orange County MOD (Mobility On Demand), an innovative pilot program that will provide flexible and dynamic transportation service within the Hillsborough service area...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

LIEAP program offers assistance with heating bills for low-income households

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The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that provides for a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.

Households are eligible to sign up for assistance from through March 31 or until...

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Posted on: March 3, 2021

BOCC recognizes March 3 as Day of Reflection on one-year anniversary of first COVID case in NC

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Orange County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution as its March 2 meeting designating March 3 as a Day of Reflection to remember the one-year anniversary of the first diagnosed case of COVID-19 in North Carolina. The resolution recognized the toll ...

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

2019 Consolidated Annual Performance Report (CAPER) For The Orange County Home Program

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Each year, Orange County reports on activities undertaken with funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program. This annual report is called the Consolidated Annual Performance Report...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Health Department Launches Health Equity Website

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In 2017, a group of Orange County Health Department (OCHD) staff members began a health equity journey to ensure that all members of the community receive health services and support based on their needs and not their race. The health department has since...

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

Gov. Cooper Announces Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions as North Carolina Trends Stabilize

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As North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Gov. Cooper announced Feb. 25 that the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect Feb. 26 at ...

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

Safer CPR during a Pandemic: Orange County EMS to add LUCAS-3 Chest Compression Systems

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Orange County Emergency Services has added five Stryker LUCAS-3 Chest Compression Systems to provide for safer and higher quality response to emergency calls that require Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).

“Cardiac arrest resuscitation is a team effort,...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Orange County names winners of 2021 Pauli Murray Awards; virtual presentation to be held Feb. 28

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The Orange County Human Relations Commission is holding the 31st Annual Pauli Murray Awards on Sunday, February 28, 2021 from 3:00-5:00 pm via Zoom Webinar. The award is presented annually to an Orange County adult, youth, and/or business that embody the ...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

PreK-12 School Personnel and Childcare Workers Are Now Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine

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Governor Roy Cooper announced Feb. 10 that childcare workers, educators and school personnel in pre-K through grade 12, including private and charter schools, will be eligible to receive a COVID vaccine beginning Feb. 24. Other frontline essential workers...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Housing and Community Development and The Chamber recognize outstanding landlords

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The Orange County Housing and Community Development Department, with support from The Chamber For a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro and the Big Bold Ideas Committee on Housing, hosted a free, virtual information session for Orange County landlords and proper...

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Posted on: February 22, 2021

Animal Services Chosen for Life-Saving Cat Pawsitive Pro Program

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Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) has been selected by The Jackson Galaxy Project (JGP), a signature program of Greater Good Charities, to participate in the 2021 class of Cat Pawsitive Pro, a life-saving initiative that introduces ad...

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Posted on: February 18, 2021

County appoints members to Broadband Task Force

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The Orange County Board of Commissioners filled the five public openings on its new Orange County Broadband Task Force at its Feb. 2 business meeting.

The appointed members are: Vasu Kilaru, Paul Cardillo, Todd Broucksou, Patricia Hull and Terri Buckner. T...

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Posted on: February 17, 2021

Orange County begins disengagement process with Cardinal Innovations as LME/MCO provider

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On February 16, 2021, the Board of Orange County Commissioners approved continuing the process of requesting a change to the organization that currently administers mental health, traumatic brain injury, substance use and intellectual/developmental disabi...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

PreK-12 school personnel and childcare workers become eligible for vaccine Feb. 24

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Gov. Roy Cooper announced Feb. 10 that childcare workers, educators and school personnel in pre-K through grade 12, including private and charter schools, will be eligible to receive a COVID vaccine beginning Feb. 24. Other frontline essential workers lis...

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