The winter storm that’s been wreaking havoc as it makes its way across the country has put Guilford County into a State of Emergency and caused the postponement of vaccinations scheduled for this week. 

The county issued the declaration of a State of Emergency on Wednesday, Feb. 17 as the storm approached. 

County health officials postponed vaccination appointments scheduled for Thursday, Feb.18 and Friday, Feb. 19, and county staff began preparations to move a scheduled Thursday evening Guilford County Board of Commissioners meeting from the Old Guilford County Court House to the internet.

Freezing rain this past weekend left more than 50,000 residents across Guilford County without power – and another slew of power outages is expected with the new storm.  Thursday is also expected to be made very unpleasant by wind gusts, which, combined, with the ice, will lead to fallen limbs, trees and powerlines. 

Trees may topple more easily since this new winter storm comes on the heels of heavy rains across the county.

According to county officials, the bad weather in other parts of the country has caused delays of COVID-19 vaccine deliveries to Guilford County and that has led to the vaccine appointments scheduled for Thursday and Friday of this week being postponed at High Point University Community Center in High Point and, in Greensboro, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and the Greensboro Coliseum.

Anyone with a vaccine appointment scheduled for those two days is instructed to keep their same appointment time and report to their designated clinic location on Monday, Feb. 22 if the appointment was scheduled forThursday, February 18, and on Tuesday, Feb. 23 if the appointment was scheduled for Friday, February 19.

Those with vaccine appointments scheduled for this week should also receive a phone call from the county’s automated phone system to confirm or update vaccine appointments.

Guilford County has also closed the coronavirus testing sites at 505 E. Green Dr. in High Point and at the Greensboro Coliseum due to the storm.

The Guilford County commissioners plan to turn their Thursday night board meeting into a fully virtual one.  Those who wish to watch the meeting or speak during it can find information how to do so at