The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced that vaccine providers that are ready to expand may vaccinate all health care workers and anyone 65 years and older. “Doctors, hospitals and local health departments are working hard to get people vaccinated. There may be a wait, but when it’s your spot, take your shot to stay healthy and help us get back to being with family and friends,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.  Because vaccine supplies are currently limited, states must make vaccine available in phases.Open PDF To save lives and slow the spread of COVID-19, independent state and federal public health advisoryRead More →

Craven County’s cumulative COVID-19 count was at 6,338 late Saturday afternoon, with deaths remaining steady at 89. The last New Bern Post COVID-19 update was on Jan. 13, when the count stood at 6,094. The county has averaged 81 new cases per day during that three-day period. In the last 14 days, Craven County has seen its cumulative case count rise by 1,041 cases. Put another way, 16 percent of Craven County’s COVID-19 total cases have occurred since the end of the Christmas Holiday break. A total of 439 Craven County residents have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. Thirty-four of the COVID-19 cases were hospitalizedRead More →

The Craven County Board of Education announced the resignation ofBoard of Education member Beatrice Smith. Smith resigned her position to enable her to take the seat on the Craven County Board of Commissioners that was vacated upon the death of Commissioner Johnnie Sampson Jr. In receiving Smith’s resignation on Monday, School Board Chairman Frances Boomer said, “I am deeply grateful for the service of Mrs. Beatrice Smith to the children of Craven County Schools, and most especially to the families she served from District 4. Beatrice Smith is a wise and committed leader who will serve our community and the values of public education withRead More →

Craven County passed 6,000 COVID-19 lab-confirmed cases between Tuesday and Wednesday, with a new death bringing the county’s COVID-19 death toll to 89. There have been four deaths so far in Craven County in January 2021. Craven County has 6,094 lab-confirmed cases, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. For more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage, go here. Craven County Schools has reported eight staff and 22 students have tested positive so far in January. So far this school year, 71 staff members and 76 students have tested positive for COVID-19. North Carolina is currently providing vaccinations to individuals in Phase 1a:Read More →

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore InStore Silent Auction for the month of January is now open at 930 Pollock St. and will close on Thursday, Jan. 28 at noon. There are items this month with starting bids ranging from $25 for a fused glass plate to $300 for a framed oil painting depicting a Paris street scene. Also featured this month are two bronze sculptures, a Japanese three-panel screen, a Baker’s kitchen rack, and some Coca-Cola collectibles. “We’ve added something a little different to keep things interesting,” said Evelyn Richards, ReStore Manager. “We have a number of items that are not listed as part of ourRead More →

By Wendy Littrell, RN – RACCarolinaEast Medical Center My name is Wendy Littrell and I have been a nurse here at CarolinaEast Medical Center for 18 years. Some of you may know me as the “tall blonde” wearing the mask during the flu season for years. I did not know that I would be setting a trend for years later! My COVID-19 story is a little different from others. My story revolves around my sister Kaiya. She is 59 years old and lives in Jacksonville. She and her husband are retired Marines and have two college-age children. Shortly after the onset of COVID-19, Kaiya wasRead More →

The improv comedy group Walk-In Bathtub will host a 4-hour “Improv-A-Thon” at New Bern Civic Theater (NBCT) Saturday, Jan. 9. The performance will begin at 5 p.m. and include four 45-minute shows, with 15 minutes of cleaning between each show. Performing a series of silly and unscripted games that are inspired by audience suggestions, Walk-In Bathtub’s performances are reminiscent of the popular TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” Team members must create scenes and act out suggestions from the audience without the help of a script–or dialogue in some cases–that result in comedic and unexpected scenarios. Saturday’s Improv-a-Thon is a celebration “National Bubble BathRead More →

COVID-19 vaccinations will begin Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, for the Phase 1b priority population, which includes individuals ages 75 and older as well as health care workers. CarolinaEast, Coastal Carolina Health Care (CCHC), and Craven County Health Department are working together to vaccinate citizens. If you are a patient of CarolinaEast Physicians or CCHC, your physician or physician office will contact you to schedule an appointment; you do not need to call your physician’s office. For more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage, go here. CarolinaEast Health System is working with local medical providers to begin vaccination of the Phase 1b priority population consistent with theRead More →

The Next Chapter Books & Art celebrates the release of issue 2 of The Next Chapter Literary Magazine at ArtWalk Friday, Jan. 8 from 5-8 p.m. The Next Chapter Literary Magazine is edited by Michelle Garren Flye, local author and owner of The Next Chapter Books & Art, and features stories, essays, poems, art and photography from Eastern North Carolina authors and artists. “This area is full of creative people,” Flye said. “I wanted to showcase that. The magazine includes authors you can find on my store’s shelves, but it also includes new authors and artists you may never have heard of.” The January 2021Read More →

The Craven County Health Department has been swamped by a surge in new COVID-19 cases amid the rollout of vaccine. “Right now the entire state is an area of concern,” Health Department spokesperson Amber Tabarrini said. “We went from 36th in the nation to 7 in the nation for COVID-19 transmission a few days ago. We are trying to test and give vaccinations and stand up a call center. It is all hands on deck and we are doing all that we can do.” The Health Department stopped issuing daily reports to the public due to the increased workload, Tabarrini indicated. “Most of the reportingRead More →