Most North Carolinians – and most people around the world – would like to just put the whole two-year-plus COVID-19 pandemic behind them.

But state health officials with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) don’t want anyone to drop their guard, which is one reason the department is hosting a live “fireside chat and tele-town hall” on Wednesday, May 11.

Though the state is in much better shape right now than it has been in the past with regard to the disease, there are quite a few points of emphasis state health officials continue to stress.  During the livestream event, which will be from 6 to 7 p.m. there will be a  discussion on coronavirus vaccines, testing and boosters with a focus on these specific topics:

  • The latest info on free COVID-19 tests and testing locations
  • . The dangers of “long COVID” and how to know if you’ve got it
  • New information on COVID-19 treatment options and locations
  • Ways that state residents can keep up to date on vaccines and boosters
  • Vaccines and booster shot considerations for pregnant women

NCDHHS State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson and other health and preparedness experts will participate.

The fireside chat will stream live on the various NCDHHS social media accounts, and viewers will be able to submit questions. The department’s social media platforms are Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

To help ensure that everyone who’s interested can participate, the event will include a “tele-town hall,” through which people can listen by phone and submit questions.

Anyone can dial into the event by calling (855) 756-7520, Ext. 80957#.

There’s been a whole lot of confusion about who’s supposed to get a booster, and how many to get and, if you do, what kind.

The event announcement states that NCDHHS recognizes that people have questions about “who needs a second booster, how to identify trusted COVID-19 testing sources, treatments, vaccines for children ages 5 and under and more.”

This event will address those common questions.