The Richmond Observer – OPIOID EPIDEMIC: Richmond County Overdose Victims Recalled

ROCKINGHAM – One hundred and sixty-seven purple and silver pinwheels spin in the wind and shimmer in the sunlight in front of the Richmond County Department of Social Services.

A banner hanging above indicates that each wind turbine represents a Richmond County resident who died of an overdose in 2020.

The wind turbine garden is one of several in the area as the Sandhills Opioid Response Consortium commemorates Overdose Awareness Day in Richmond, Moore, Hoke, Montgomery, and Lee counties.

There are two windmill gardens in Richmond County; the other is at FirstHealth Richmond EMS in Ellerbe.

According to a press release from FirstHealth, Overdose Awareness Day is “the world’s largest annual campaign to end drug overdose, remember the deceased without stigma, and honor the grief of family and friends left behind”.

In the five-county region, there were 949 deaths from drug overdoses.

Citing statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, FirstHealth reported that there have been nearly 814,000 overdose deaths across the country since 1999 – more than 70% of them related to opioids.

According to Theressa Smith, coordinator for the Richmond County Drug Endangered Family Task Force, Social Services and Health Department workers wore purple on Overdose Awareness Day in honor of those who lost their lives to drug addiction and those who are still struggling. The Department of Health also released a nearly six-minute video by the Steve’s Wings group with names and photos of overdose victims.

“We are trying to raise awareness of the opioid crisis and what is happening right here in Richmond County in our community,” said Smith. “We collect a lot of data and that helps us to find out in which direction we want to direct our resources.”

The task force also seeks to educate the community by disseminating information at events.

The DEFT page on the county’s website provides statistics on substance-affected infants, overdoses, and naloxone administration.

According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services Opioid Action Plan Data Dashboard, the number of opioid-related deaths in Richmond County rose at a rate from 24.2 to 11 in 2015 – higher than the national average of 10.5.

The state’s metrics include deaths from prescription opioids, heroin, and other synthetic opioids like fentanyl.

The county’s opioid dashboard shows that nine of the overdose deaths in 2015, most this year, were due to commonly prescribed opioid medications. However, heroin or other synthetic narcotics topped the list at six in 2019.

Prescription opioids accounted for the majority of overdose deaths from 2010 to 2017, except in 2016 when they combined three each with heroin and cocaine.

In 2020, Richmond County had 76 emergency room visits with opioid overdose, among the highest in the state, according to DHHS.

A look at the county’s 2019 overdose deaths statistics:

  • Men make up almost 60%
  • Whites make up more than 70%
  • The 35 to 44 year olds make up about 60%.

There were 64 emergency room overdose visits in the first seven months of the year – compared to 58 in the same period in 2020, according to NCDETECT’s Injury and Violence Prevention Unit, for the following reasons:

  • 37 – unspecified narcotics (opiates or narcotic-related drugs)
  • 17 – heroin
  • 9 – commonly prescribed opioids
  • 1 – Fentanyl / Fentanyl Analogs

As of June 18, the Hamlet Police Department had responded to 45 suspected overdoses since July 20, 2019. Three ODs since April 2020 had been fatal.

In Rockingham police responded to at least 49 overdose calls in the first six months of this year. Six of them resulted in death.

The Richmond Observer is working to obtain statistics from the Richmond County Sheriff’s office.

District data from this year show that 34 patients were administered naloxone in May and 35 in June, more than twice as many as in the preceding or following months.

Smith said the task force is also handing out bags for residents to safely dispose of unused medication, which is available at several funeral homes and pharmacies, as well as social services departments.

There are also drop boxes in each of the county’s three law enforcement agencies.

“We don’t want them lying around where someone can get their hands on them, taking medications they shouldn’t … that aren’t prescribed for them,” said Smith. “We are trying to educate the population about how important it is to dispose of these drugs appropriately.”

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1 injured in a knife fight in Springfield Mall

A person is recovering in the hospital after being stabbed to death Tuesday night in the Springfield Mall, Virginia.

A person is recovering in hospital after being stabbed to death Tuesday night at Springfield Town Center, Virginia.

Fairfax County Police said the stabbing occurred shortly before 7pm in the food court. The victim had injuries that were not life threatening.

The police are looking for a suspect who fled the mall after being stabbed.

The officials do not believe the incident was random.

A sustained threat to the community is currently not discernible.

Below is a map of where the incident took place.

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The Richmond Observer – Lady Raiders gather at the start of the conference in 5 sets against Southern Lee

After losing the first set, Richmond rallied a 3-2 win over visiting Southern Lee High School. It was the first time the Lady Raiders played five sets in six matches this fall.

The Lady Raiders fell back in the first set 19-25, moved forward with wins in the second (25-20) and third (25-22) sets, dropped the fourth set 26-28 and closed the door with a 15-9- Victory in the decisive fifth set.

“We talk about it all the time, this idea of ​​relentless persecution,” said Larsen after the victory. “They didn’t give up on each other and played, they tried everything and fixed some bugs.

“We (Southern Lee) made more mistakes than we did tonight and I think that was the biggest plus.”

One thing Larsen said was also a turning point to win every set the Lady Raiders served first. Richmond won the coin toss at the beginning of the fifth set and decided to serve.

On her college debut, Edmondson forced five mistakes from Southern Lee’s thugs to open the fifth. The Lady Cavaliers (4-1, 0-1 SAC) got two points back, but junior middle hitter Catherine Dennis made a block on the net that forced a digging mistake to take a 6-2 lead.

A few volleys later, junior defensive specialist Joy Styles jumped into the net, but senior full-back Allyiah Swiney was there to knock the ball over for one more point.

Southern Lee called a timeout, 9-6 back, and after the break Jenna Gardner, second hitter on the right, served an ace. Swiney followed with a big kill from the left, extending Richmond’s lead to 11-6 .

Senior outside hitter Allyiah Swiney (1) delivered a kill during Richmond’s win on Tuesday. (Kyle Pillar / The Richmond Observer)

Swiney served an ace for the 13th point and Edmondson made a nice tip on the net that found the open ground to set up the match point. Two games later, Southern Lee made a slap mistake that landed the ball out of bounds to secure Richmond’s victory.

“I wanted her to get some experience with JV and she developed a lot,” said Larsen of Edmondson, who plays setter. “I think we got things rolling a bit, we moved Jenna to the right so we still have her hands for the jump.

“I think we have settled in and found a good home for them. I hope she will perform and carry on. “

Richmond led 11-6 in the first set, but the two teams battled to a 15-15 tie. Southern Lee finished the set on a 10-4 run to take a set lead.

With the second frame tied at 11 points, an Edmondson push and an ace from the second libero Allie Rodgers took the Lady Raiders two points. This started a 9-4 stretch that also included a Swiney kill and a Dennis block.

Richmond’s last three points to tie the match in one set came from a swiney ace and consecutive mistakes from Southern Lee.

Richmond jumped 10-4 in the third set, but a 6-1 run by the Lady Cavs made it one point clear. The two teams exchanged points in a 21:21 tie. Larsen called for a break.

Second year Katie Way won the set with a big kill on the net, followed by two kills from Dennis. Another Southern Lee hitting error gave the Lady Raiders a 2-1 lead.

Freshman Ava Edmondson (7) puts the ball on second middle hitter Katie Way (15) in the third set. (Kyle Pillar / The Richmond Observer)

The Lady Raiders led 11-6 in the fourth set, but as in the third set, the two teams kept the score close. After 22-19, kills from Way and Swiney, paired with a Gardner ace, thwarted the bill.

Way blocked a shot at the net and later tipped it over for a point to re-tie the set with 24 points. Ties at 25 and 26 points were canceled by a 2-0 run by the Lady Cavs to force fifth place.

Larsen tipped her cap in front of the home crowd on Tuesday, thanking the fans and the Richmond student section, the Bleacher Creatures, for creating an intense atmosphere late in the game.

“I think (the fans) were a big presence,” said Larsen. “They cornered for us in the fourth and fifth sets and I hope they keep coming and making things rowdy.”

Richmond (2-4, 1-0 SAC) will look for another conference win on Thursday and host Pinecrest High School (5-1).

Note: Official stats from Tuesday’s game will be added to this release as they become available.

VIDEO INTERVIEWS: Click the links below to hear from Dennis, Swiney and Larsen after Tuesday’s win.

Catherine Dennis, junior middle hitter

Allyiah Swiney, Senior Outside Hitter

Ashleigh Larsen, head coach

JV Lady Raiders also wins conference opening

The SAC game on Tuesday also opened the junior volleyball team, which rallied 2-1 after losing the first set against the Lady Cavaliers.

The scores were 22-25, 25-21, and 15-6. The JV Lady Raiders equalized their season record to 3: 3 with the win.

Coach Melissa Dennis and the JV squad will also receive Pinecrest on Thursday at 5 p.m.


Alexandria Lakes Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s Event | Events

Larry and Mary Waldorf and their family are leading the Alexandria Lakes Area Walk on Saturday, September 11, 2021. After losing her job, Mary was diagnosed with younger Alzheimer’s about 10 years ago at the age of 54, and husband Larry was taking care of him continued to care for Mary while working at Douglas Machine. Mary currently lives on the Care Campus, where she sees her husband and family regularly. Attend the Alexandria Lakes Area Walk to End Alzheimer’s on Saturday, September 11, 2021 at the Alexandria Area YMCA Check-in at 1:00 p.m. with an opening ceremony at 2:00 p.m. followed by a walk. Walking is free, please register in advance at The walk collects money and awareness for care, support, education, advocacy and reaches local families like Waldorf residents. Participants can walk in their neighborhood or via the official mobile app or in person according to the COVID safety logs provided. Check-in is at 1:00 p.m. and the opening ceremony is at 2:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to register early and raise funds to help the Alzheimer’s Association meet its $ 30,000 goal. Registration is free – register yourself, your family or start a company team! Let us come together as an age-friendly region and support families in the fight against this disease and other forms of dementia. Health and Safety Precautions: The health and safety of participants is a top priority. The COVID-19 protocols implemented follow recommendations from the local, state, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including contactless registration, physical distancing, masks (if required), hand sanitizing stations, and more. Walk from Home: Supporters are welcome to walk from home by participating in many Walk Day experiences through the Alzheimer’s Association website and mobile app. Experiences include a pre-recorded opening and promise garden ceremony, an augmented reality promise garden where attendees can choose and plant a flower, among other things, and a route map to track your walk home.


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Arlington is sweeping suffern, both teams enjoying volleyball’s return for the fall

SUFFERN – Last season there was a scramble and compromise to make volleyball possible in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sport is now celebrating a comeback in autumn. The Fall II season had mixed feelings, but now that volleyball is back where it belongs, it just feels right.

“For the first time it didn’t feel rushed, you know?” said Megan Jarc, a senior citizen of Arlington. “It wasn’t like, ‘Hey, you have a season, go to the gym in two weeks.’ We finally had the certainty that we could work and have time for test runs and that we could work with everyone. “

Arlington's Megan Jarc (9, right) shoots the ball past a Suffern blocker in the Admirals' 3-0 victory in Suffern on August 31, 2021.

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Suffern hosted Arlington in their first volleyball game of the fall season since 2019. The Admirals defeated the Mounties in three sets on paper, 25-14, 25-22, 25-21, but it was a win for both teams and the entire volleyball Community the Hudson Valley.

There were some holdovers from the Fall II season while the pandemic continues, such as the required use of masks, but the crowd was back in the gym for both teams and JV teams cheered on their peers from college.

“Today was a little more exciting than last year, and I’m really looking forward to the crowds and noise in the gym,” said Suffern Senior Nicole Pitt.

Pitt, who underwent two knee surgeries in the past 18 months, didn’t miss the Fall II season. As a senior citizen, she will definitely not sit out in her final year and is happy about the step towards normality.

Despite the defeat, she remains optimistic about what an entire season can bring.

“I played with a broken knee all season (Fall II) and it was extremely difficult, but my team had my back down the whole time,” said Pitt. “If I hadn’t gotten a ball, they were right behind me and could do that for me. I’m excited because I didn’t think I was graduating and I’m really excited.” to have this opportunity this year. “

Nicole Pitt of Suffern returns a ball against Brooke Yorey and Megan Paolilli of Arlington during a volleyball game at Suffern High School on August 31, 2021.  Arlington defeated Suffern in three straight straight sets.

There was a horror in late summer following the release of the New York State Education Department’s Return to School Guide, potentially putting high-risk sports like volleyball at risk, but it appears that all Department 1 teams and state championship events are still intact are continuing to play.

“I’m really excited to come back to it,” said Arlington coach Maria Greenwood. “Granted, we’ve already been through it so we knew we could do it … Hopefully everyone does what they’re supposed to do so we can keep it.”

In the first game of the volleyball season, the Admirals took the first set comfortably. The Mounties regrouped and shook off their nervousness at the start of the season and took an early lead in the second and third sets of the game.

However, Arlington managed to calm down and come forward too late in each of the last two sets of the game.

“It really helped to have that positive attitude,” said Jarc. “We’re working together as a new team, so go in and stay open and say if things go wrong you just end up being positive.”

While the match wasn’t going in Suffern’s direction, his gradual improvement with each set offered some building blocks for the future.

“I thought today was a really good assessment for our team, where we stand and where we have to go in the course of the season,” said Suffern coach Samantha Gutmann. “I think they’re finding ways to blend in. We’ve talked a lot about confidence, both in yourself and in your teammates.”

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Turning point

After Suffern took an early lead in the second set, Arlington calmed down and caught up with the Mounties. It was a back and forth match on the track until Jarc scored a kill to give the Admirals a 23-22 lead. Arlington scored two more points to take them 2-0 up.

Player of the game

Megan Jarc, Arlington: The senior hitter had a team high of nine kills, with seven digs and a pair of aces.

According to the numbers

Arlington (1-0) – Marissa Ventura had 13 digs and three aces. Sathya Jarembek had three aces.

Suffering (0-1) – Nicole Pitt had four aces and two kills. Haley Bridges had six kills, two blocks, and an ace. Lia Römer had a pair of aces.


“Much more special than that,” said Pitt about this season compared to previous years. “It’s all still in the air. There’s still the variant, COVID is still very much a thing, so it could even be put on hold anytime, but I think we’re having a good time and doing a really good job.” We cherish the moments we have together and look forward to the team bond and really giving our all and not giving up anything. “

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Lack of a Vaccine Mandate Becomes Competitive Advantage in Hospital Staffing Wars

In the rural northeastern corner of Missouri, Scotland County Hospital has been so low on staff that it sometimes had to turn away patients amid a surge in covid-19 cases.

The national covid staffing crunch means CEO Dr. Randy Tobler has hired more travel nurses to fill the gaps. And the prices are steep — what he called “crazy” rates of $200 an hour or more, which Tobler said his small rural hospital cannot afford.

A little over 60% of his staff is fully vaccinated. Even as covid cases rise, though, a vaccine mandate is out of the question.

“If that becomes our differential advantage, we probably won’t have one until we’re forced to have one,” Tobler said. “Maybe that’s the thing that will keep nurses here.”

As of Thursday, about 39% of U.S. hospitals had announced vaccine mandates, said Colin Milligan, a spokesperson for the American Hospital Association. Across Missouri and the nation, hospitals are weighing more than patient and caregiver health in deciding whether to mandate covid vaccines for staffers.

The market for health care labor, strained by more than a year and a half of coping with the pandemic, continues to be pinched. While urban hospitals with deeper pockets for shoring up staff have implemented vaccine mandates, and may even use them as a selling point to recruit staffers and patients, their rural and regional counterparts are left with hard choices as cases surge again.

“Obviously, it’s going to be a real challenge for these small, rural hospitals to mandate a vaccine when they’re already facing such significant workforce shortages,” said Alan Morgan, head of the National Rural Health Association.

Without vaccine mandates, this could lead to a desperate cycle: Areas with fewer vaccinated residents likely have fewer vaccinated hospital workers, too, making them more likely to be hard hit by the delta variant sweeping America. In the short term, mandates might drive away some workers. But the surge could also squeeze the hospital workforce further as patients flood in and staffers take sick days.

Rural covid mortality rates were almost 70% higher on average than urban ones for the week ending Aug. 15, according to the Rural Policy Research Institute.

Despite the scientific knowledge that covid vaccinations sharply lower the risk of infection, hospitalization and death, the lack of a vaccine mandate can serve as a hospital recruiting tool. In Nebraska, the state veterans affairs’ agency prominently displays the lack of a vaccine requirement for nurses on its job site, The Associated Press reported.

It all comes back to workforce shortages, especially in more vaccine-hesitant communities, said Jacy Warrell, executive director of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. She pointed out that some regional health care systems don’t qualify for staffing assistance from the National Guard as they have fewer than 200 beds. A potential vaccine mandate further endangers their staffing numbers, she said.

“They’re going to have to think twice about it,” Warrell said. “They’re going to have to weigh the risk and benefit there.”

The mandates are having ripple effects throughout the health care industry. The federal government has mandated that all nursing homes require covid vaccinations or risk losing Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements, and industry groups have warned that workers may jump to other health care settings. Meanwhile, Montana has banned vaccine mandates altogether, and the Montana Hospital Association has gotten one call from a health care worker interested in working in the state because of it, said spokesperson Katy Peterson.

It’s not just nurses at stake with vaccine mandates. Respiratory techs, nursing assistants, food service employees, billing staff and other health care workers are already in short supply. According to the latest KFF/The Washington Post Frontline Health Care Workers Survey, released in April, at least one-third of health care workers who assist with patient care and administrative tasks have considered leaving the workforce.

The combination of burnout and added stress of people leaving their jobs has worn down the health care workers the public often forgets about, said interventional radiology tech Joseph Brown, who works at Sutter Roseville Medical Center outside Sacramento, California.

This has a domino effect, Brown said: More of his co-workers are going on stress and medical leave as their numbers dwindle and while hospitals run out of beds. He said nurses’ aides already doing backbreaking work are suddenly forced to care for more patients.

“Explain to me how you get 15 people up to a toilet, do the vitals, change the beds, provide the care you’re supposed to provide for 15 people in an eight-hour shift and not injure yourself,” he said.

In Missouri, Tobler said his wife, Heliene, is training to be a volunteer certified medical assistant to help fill the gap in the hospital’s rural health clinic.

Tobler is waiting to see if the larger St. Louis hospitals lose staff in the coming weeks as their vaccine mandates go into effect, and what impact that could have throughout the state.

In the hard-hit southwestern corner of Missouri, CoxHealth president and CEO Steve Edwards said his health system headquartered in Springfield is upping its minimum wage to $15.25 an hour to compete for workers.

While the estimated $25 million price tag of such a salary boost will take away about half the hospital system’s bottom line, Edwards said, the investment is necessary to keep up with the competitive labor market and cushion the blow of the potential loss of staffers to the hospital’s upcoming Oct. 15 vaccine mandate.

“We’re asking people to take bedpans and work all night and do really difficult work and maybe put themselves in harm’s way,” he said. “It seems like a much harder job than some of these 9-to-5 jobs in an Amazon distribution center.”

Two of his employees died from covid. In July alone, Edwards said 500 staffers were out, predominantly due to the virus. The vaccine mandate could keep that from happening, Edwards said.

“You may have the finest neurosurgeon, but if you don’t have a registration person everything stops,” he said. “We’re all interdependent on each other.”

But California’s Brown, who is vaccinated, said he worries about his colleagues who may lose their jobs because they are unwilling to comply with vaccine mandates.

California has mandated that health care workers complete their covid vaccination shots by the end of September. The state is already seeing traveling nurses turn down assignments there because they do not want to be vaccinated, CalMatters reported.

Since the mandate applies statewide, workers cannot go work at another hospital without vaccine requirements nearby. Brown is frustrated that hospital administrators and lawmakers, who have “zero covid exposure,” are the ones making those decisions.

“Hospitals across the country posted signs that said ‘Health care heroes work here.’ Where is the reward for our heroes?” he asked. “Right now, the hospitals are telling us the reward for the heroes: ‘If you don’t get the vaccine, you’re fired.’”

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Richmond woman honors 5 year old boy who was shot dead with a fundraiser in NC

RICHMOND, Virginia (WWBT) – After hearing of the death of a 5-year-old boy in North Carolina, a Richmond woman decided to run a fundraiser to show her support.

Cannon Hinnant was tragically shot while riding his bike in front of his father’s house. The accused murderer was a neighbor.

The senseless crime touched the hearts of people across the country, including Teresa Welch.

“I am a recovering alcoholic and have been sober for almost two years. I was very selfish during that time and thought to myself that now is the time to give something back. When I found out about 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant, it became organically huge, ”says Welch.

The Ride-on Cannon Foundation was born out of her pain, but has become the happiness of hundreds of children in central Virginia.

Welch started fundraising shortly after Cannon’s death, and with the help of the community, she was able to give away more than 100 new bikes to deserving children.

Several vendors and bands came to the event to set the tone for the future of this growing organization.

Since then there has been a growing backpack program in which every child gets everything they need, a pair of shoes and an outfit for the first day of school.

An Easter egg hunt is held around Cannon’s birthday, and the organization is also adopting several families for Thanksgiving and Christmas and providing them with food and gifts.

Chantelle Bradley, Teresa’s good friend, wanted to honor her with the NBC12 Acts of Kindness.

“She’s done so much in the last year and a lot of people who have faced adversity stay in bed doing nothing, but that’s not her. She made up her mind to do something, and keep doing something, and I think she should be recognized for that, ”says Bradley.

Welch says she got close to the Hinnant family and plans to continue giving back on his behalf.

In fact, she is already in the process of raising money and other donations for several future events.

The “Ride-on Cannon Foundation” has more than 3,000 followers on Facebook and is looking for even more volunteers.

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Nova Minerals Limited (ASX: NVA) Infill drilling paves the way for Korbel Indicated MRE Update

Infill drilling paves the way for Korbel Indicated MRE UpdateMelbourne, September 1, 2021 AEST (ABN Newswire) – Nova Minerals Limited (ASX: NVA) (AB: QM3) (OTCMKTS: NVAAF) is pleased to announce its current infill drilling program to mitigate risk and expand its Korbel Main project within the company’s flagship Estelle gold project in the productive Tintina gold belt.

Infill drilling is a major focus with the aim of upgrading the majority of the Inferred Resource to the Indicated Category. This significantly reduces the project risk and enables Nova to advance the financing options.

Korbel Drilling will continue, more results will follow in the near future. The company currently uses the laboratory facility for on-site sample preparation, which will result in a lower cost per assay and faster turnaround time.

Infill drilling confirms continuity of mineralization within the 4.7 million ounce Korbel Principal Resource:

The latest results include:

o 67 m @ 0.7 g / t Au
o 30 m @ 0.8 g / t Au
o 6 m @ 1.0 g / t Au
o 9 m @ 1.1 g / t Au
o 3 m @ 2.0 g / t Au
o 3 m @ 2.9 g / t Au

(KBDH-075 returned an average total grade of 0.5 g / t Au over 216 meters of 36 meters within the Korbel mineralized intrusive which contains several high grade zones)

o 85 m @ 0.5 g / t Au
o 18 m @ 0.6 g / t Au
o 12 m @ 1.0 g / t Au
o 9 m @ 1.2 g / t Au
o 6 m @ 1.4 g / t Au
o 3 m @ 2.3 g / t Au

(KBDH-077 averaged 0.4 g / t Au over 219 meters by 6 meters within the Korbel mineralized intrusive which contains several high grade zones)

– These results continue to indicate that the Korbel Main deposit is of substantial size with high grade “blow-out” zones within the continuous mineralization.

– The mineralization remains open along strike to the northwest and southeast with a projected strike length of over 3 km of continuous gold mineralization

– Assay results pending for over 10,000m of wells from Korbel Main and RPM

– The latest results will be part of the global resource update planned for Q4 2021 and will include the infill and extension drilling of the Korbel Main resource with the aim of proving a significant portion of the indicated resource category

– Aggressive infill and extension (step-out) drilling is ongoing at Korbel Main, currently focusing on the high-grade SE feeder zone, with the aim of recovering the 4.7 million ounce (ASX 7th) feasibility study for projects to speed up.

– The metallurgical test work of the Korbel Main PFS is now under way

– RPM remains on track for a Maiden resource through the end of 2021 with initial results now in the lab’s fire testing phase

– The status update from Snow Lake Resources (a majority-owned lithium company) is expected shortly and is expected to add significant value to Nova Minerals in the near future.

Christopher Gerteisen, CEO of NVA, commented, “Nova’s multi-track drilling strategy aims to move the Korbel Main deposit towards a bankable project by 2023. Our planned start-up operation, while at the same time advancing the resource development program on the RPM project and the broader Estelle Gold District, with more prospectuses going online quickly, will add value to the company as we advance the Korbel Project in parallel. This approach will maximize our ability to monetize our prime asset faster, bring production start time forward along with cash flow, and allow us to future operations in a short time in the Korbel Valley and the broader Estelle Gold District.

In addition to the exciting drilling at Korbel, another important milestone is in the crosshairs. Drilling at the RPM area is now in full swing with 6 holes completed. This is very positive as we are developing a second resource deposit at RPM that has the potential to add significant ounces to the global resource inventory of the Estelle Gold Project. Assays for the initial holes RPM-001 and RPM-002 are in the final stages of analysis and will be announced shortly, with results from the remaining holes to follow. Based on this drilling, we plan to release a Maiden RPM resource estimate later this year.

At the same time, the regional exploration exploration teams have now completed their activities. More news will follow based on their findings as we advance the other high-priority targets across the project area as part of our mission to develop the district and develop a pipeline of deposits.

Please note that an additional diamond drill rig has now also been ordered as we want to ramp things up significantly. We expect this drill rig to be mobilized and begin rotating in the coming months. While assay lab turnaround times and supply chain disruptions continue to be frustrating, the newly commissioned on-site prep lab is already helping to alleviate some of the challenges associated with the assay turnaround. Drilling news and results will continue throughout 2021 and beyond, along with a global resource update for the fourth quarter. ”

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About Nova Minerals Limited

Nova Minerals LtdNova Minerals Limited (ASX: NVA) (FRA: QM3) (OTCMKTS: NVAAF) is a dynamic discoverer and developer of its flagship property Estelle Gold in the Tintina Gold Belt. Nova’s strategy is to significantly increase the current 4.7 million ounce resource on the Korbel project. It then continues to secure value by shifting Korbel towards production while increasing the resource base via the pipeline of targets within the Estelle gold district. Nova Minerals also has strategic interests in Snow Lake Resources Ltd (Thompson Brothers Lithium Project), Torian Resources Ltd (ASX: TNR) and RotorX Aircraft Manufacturing Co.


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The Richmond Observer – Richmond County Health Department reports 2 more COVID deaths, 51 cases

The two new deaths were announced at 4 p.m., bringing the cumulative total to 126 since April 2020.

According to the Department of Health, the updated race and gender breakdown looks like this: 21 African American women, 19 African American men, three “other race” women, one “other race” man, two Hispanic women, one Hispanic man, two American Indian men , 41 Caucasian women and 36 Caucasian men.

All patients were between 31 and 95 years old: 34 were 80 years or older; 32 were in their 70s; 37 in their 60s; 16 in their 50s; five in their 40s and two in their 30s.

Of the deaths in the county, 96 were in a hospital, 23 died in another health facility, and seven died outside a health facility.

According to previous reports, one death was that of an African American and the other of a Caucasian woman. Both died in a hospital; one was in his 50s, the other in his 40s.

That year, there have been 72 COVID-related deaths that year, including 13 in February and 23 in January and August. There were 15 COVID-related deaths this month in neighboring Scotland County, according to a spokesman.

Local deaths account for about 0.28% of the county’s population.

According to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, there have been 14,468 COVID-related deaths nationwide – 316 since Saturday.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University at 6:35 p.m. on August 31, the US leads the world’s nations in COVID-related deaths with 639,678, followed by Brazil with 579,574.

Two hours before the obituary was announced, the health department reported 51 new positive cases.

There have been 873 new cases since July 29, making August the second highest month during the pandemic. The health department reported 806 in December 2020 and 961 from January 1st to January 29th.

Since class started last week, 45 students at Richmond County Schools have tested positive – including seven on Tuesday:

  • Two each on Monroe Avenue Elementary and Cordova Middle
  • One each on Washington Street Elementary and Richmond Senior High

High school had the most positive cases (11), followed by Richmond Early College High School (6) and Hamlet Middle (5).

There were also five school employees – two each at Fairview Heights and West Rockingham Elementary Schools and one on Monroe Avenue Elementary – and two Headquarters employees who tested positive.

Governor Roy Cooper signed Senate Act 654 Tuesday, which gives school districts in North Carolina partial authority to make decisions about whether to convert individual schools or classrooms to distance learning.

Cooper also signed an executive order renewing standing orders for tests and vaccinations.

“As our state’s COVID-19 metrics continue to move in the wrong direction, it’s important that we continue to do everything we can to get people tested and vaccinated,” Cooper said in a statement. “This order will help us and our cabinet authorities in their efforts to ensure the safety of employees.”

The governor also signed another order that “provides regulatory relief for the operation of commercial vehicles that provide direct assistance in support of emergency relief efforts related to COVID-19”.

DHHS reported 5,351 new cases across the state on Tuesday, making it the 17th day since August 6 with more than 5,000 cases. The daily nationwide cases were exceeded at 8,620 cases on August 26.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that all 50 states plus the territories of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam have high transmission rates.

The Territory of Palau has moderate transmission and the Mariana Islands and the Republic of the Marshall Islands have low community transmission. No data are available for American Samoa or the Federated States of Micronesia.

Nationwide hospital admissions related to COVID were at the third highest level (3,612) in the last month on Monday.

FirstHealth reported that 106 of its 388 patients (27%) are COVID positive. Of these:

  • 21 are vaccinated, 85 are unvaccinated
  • All but two of the 20 patients in the intensive care unit are unvaccinated
  • All but one of the 16 ventilated patients are not vaccinated

The healthcare system’s COVID patients are from more than 13 counties in North Carolina and the surrounding states, according to an infographic.

A spokesman for the Scottish health system said Tuesday that on August 17, Scotland Memorial Hospital had the highest inpatient count in the hospital’s 75-year history, with 119 patients. On the same day, seven patients were waiting for a room in the emergency room.

The hospital is only licensed for 104, but the public health exemption allows the hospital to treat more, the spokesman said.

Of the 254 COVID hospital admissions since April, the spokesman said 241 (94.9%) of the patients were unvaccinated.

The health department reported Tuesday that 16,749 residents were vaccinated – an increase of 133 from the previous day.

According to DHHS, 60 percent of the state’s adult population is fully vaccinated.

Due to limited supplies of the Pfizer vaccine, the only one approved for children ages 12-17, Interim Health Director Cheryl Speight said the Department of Health is restricting it to the younger population and giving the Moderna vaccine to adults. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is no longer available through the Department of Health.

Vaccines are available from the health department Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Free of charge and without making an appointment.