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Walker County Newsletter  Issue 53 - March 2021
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Catoosa, Dade and Walker Counties Establish Regional COVID-19 "Vaccination Station" at the Colonnade

A partnership between Catoosa, Dade and Walker Counties will expand access to COVID-19 vaccines for northwest Georgia residents.

The Catoosa-Dade-Walker Vaccination Station at the Colonnade launches this week with several thousand vaccination appointments available on Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25. The three counties combined resources to offer safe, fast and free protection against the coronavirus with a regional drive-thru vaccination site at the Colonnade, 264 Catoosa Circle in Ringgold. 

Eligible Georgia residents, as well as eligible Georgia workers who live in neighboring counties in Tennessee and Alabama, can now sign up for an appointment online at the following link.

A direct link to the Vaccination Station sign-up site can also be found on the following government websites and Facebook pages:

Appointments at the Vaccination Station are available Wednesday and Thursday of this week from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Additional appointment times, including evening hours, will be offered according to demand. A vaccination will be reserved for each individual who registers for an appointment. Failure to show up for a scheduled appointment means a vaccine is unavailable for someone else in need.

The vaccination process takes approximately 30-minutes from the time of arrival at the Colonnade. An express lane will be offered for those who fill out the required Vaccine Information and Consent form online in advance of their scheduled appointment, print it out and bring it with them to the Vaccination Station

COVID-19 vaccines have been deemed safe and effective by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC recommends getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as you are eligible. The vaccine remains the most effective tool available for getting families, communities, schools and workplaces “back to normal” sooner.

Vaccines available at the Catoosa-Dade-Walker Vaccination Station at the Colonnade site are made by Pfizer & Moderna.

COVID-19 Vaccination Effort Gets Shot in the
Arm with Drive-Thru Event

Walker County received a large shipment of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine earlier this month to help clear out the backlog of residents who called the county’s hotline back in January to get on the list to be vaccinated.

With the help of the Georgia Department of Public Health, Walker County Health Department, Walker County Fire Rescue and others, the Walker County Civic Center campus was transformed to handle 1,170 drive-thru vaccine appointments. Watch the video to see how the process worked.

Georgia recently expanded the criteria for vaccine eligibility in the state. See if you’re now on the list by visiting this link.

Click here for the latest COVID-19 updates from walkercountyga.gov
Board of Commissioner Meeting Minutes for March
The Walker County Board of Commissioners has tackled several topics during its recent meetings. Action taken includes: The Board meets Thursday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Walker County Courthouse Annex III building, located at 201 S Main Street in LaFayette. You can watch a livestream of the meeting on the county's Facebook pageItems on the agenda include:
  • Appointments to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Establishment of policies pertaining to the Walker County Animal Shelter, including public access and marketing of adoptions
  • Review of a request to rezone property at the corner of Happy Valley Road and Battlefield Parkway from R-2/A-1 to Commercial
Those attending Board meetings will encounter a number of COVID-19 related precautions, such as a temperature screening, sign-in sheet for contact tracing and limited seating so social distancing can be observed. We are only able to accommodate about 29 people. Face masks are recommended. Hand sanitizer will be provided.

Walker 180 Launches on Youtube

Walker 180 launched on the Walker County Government Youtube Channel March 1st. The video digest provides a round-up of news and notes in about 3 minutes, or 180 seconds.

The information contained in the March clip is a little dated as of this newsletter, but the April edition will be here soon. We encourage you to subscribe to our Youtube channel to receive notifications when new material is posted.

ESPLOST, Chickamauga Bond Approved by Voters

Walker County voters voted "yes" on two ballot questions during a special election on March 16.

ESPLOST passed with 817 votes in favor to 231 votes against.

A bond question before City of Chickamauga residents received 151 yes votes and 25 no votes.

March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month

March is Multiple Myeloma Awareness Month in Walker County.

Multiple myeloma, the second most common blood cancer in the world, is a cancer of plasma cells in the bone marrow and can occur in multiple areas inside the body. It affects more than 140,000 people in the United States.

The cause of multiple myeloma is not known, continued investment and innovation are necessary to determine safe and effective treatment options, including new drugs and therapies now in the research phase.

Learn more here: https://themmrf.org/

Captain Wood Bridge Replaced

The project to replace the bridge on Captain Wood Road over Mud Creek is nearing completion. The contractor still has some final touch up work to complete, but the bridge has reopened to traffic.

The next bridge replacement project scheduled in the county is on Hog Jowl Road over Shaw Branch. A timetable for construction has not yet been finalized.

Upcoming Schedule Changes

Walker County Magistrate Court will be closed on Friday, March 26 until 1:30 p.m. for training.

County offices will also be closed on Friday, April 2.

The Walker County Landfill will operate on a normal schedule on Friday, April 2.

Wildflower Season is Nearly Here

Wildflowers are starting to bloom again in the Pocket! Varieties of Virginia Bluebell, Celandine Poppy and Trailing Trillium are beginning to emerge at the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail.

Please note, you need a Go Outdoors Georgia Hunting, Fishing or Lands Pass License to be on this property.

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