People with high-risk medical conditions or who live in certain congregate settings now eligible for vaccination North Carolina continues to focus on distributing vaccines quickly and equitably. To date, the state has administered over 3.4 million doses. 25.7 percent of those 18 and up is at least partially vaccinated, and 16.5 percent of those 18 and up have been fully vaccinated. N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. gave an update Wednesday on the state’s current data, trends and vaccination progress. Wednesday also marks the opening of vaccine eligibility for people who have a medical conditionRead More →

The COVID-19 pandemic’s negative impact on the nation’s mental health is not likely to abate even after the pandemic is over. Now is the time not only to help those currently in crisis, but also to plan forbetter access to mental health services in the future. The pandemic has exacerbated already high rates of mental illness and substance use. In North Carolina, thisis playing out in emergency departments where overall visits are down, but, of those visits, there has been asignificant increase in patients needing psychiatric care. “Just as the pandemic has highlighted racial inequities in our health system, so, too, has it shed lightRead More →

For the third consecutive year, CarolinaEast Medical Center was named one of the top hospitals in the United States by Newsweek magazine in its annual “World’s Best Hospitals” rankings released in March. The 2021 list put CarolinaEast at 115th out of 6,090 hospitals in the United States. Newsweek, a news magazine with roots dating to 1933, is in its third year with World’s Best Hospitals rankings. “The 2,000 hospitals named in this list—which covers 25 countries, including United States, United Kingdom, Germany and Canada — stand out for their consistent excellence, including distinguished physicians, top-notch nursing care and state-of-the-art technology,” said Nancy Cooper, Global Editor-in-Chief of Newsweek. Newsweek collaborated with StatistaRead More →

A broad group of organizations representing the community’s physicians, physician assistants, health clinics, hospitals and local health departments strongly encourages everyone currently eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible. Organizations include the North Carolina Medical Society, North Carolina Academy of Family Physicians, North Carolina Healthcare Association, North Carolina Community Health Center Association, North Carolina Association of Local Health Directors, and the North Carolina Public Health Association. Getting vaccinated with one of the three authorized vaccines is crucial to stemming the severity of the illness caused by the COVID-19 virus and the spread of its more transmissible variants, the groupRead More →

For the sixth year in a row, CarolinaEast Medical Center has been named one of the top best hospitals in the state by Business North Carolina magazine in their annual “Best Hospitals” issue released in March. The 2021 ranking lands CarolinaEast tied for sixth. CarolinaEast is the highest ranked hospital in Eastern North Carolina. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington tied for 20th. No other hospitals in Eastern North Carolina made the Top 20 rankings. Carteret Health Care in Morehead City and Vidant Medical Center in Greenville both received recognition for bariatric surgery but were not listed in the over-all rankings. Onslow Memorial HospitalRead More →

Available for individuals who meet NC vaccination criteria On Saturday, March 6, 2021, CarolinaEast Health System will be hosting a multi-site COVID-19 Community Vaccination Event in Craven County. The event will take place at three locations, including CarolinaEast Internal Medicine in Vanceboro (620 Farmlife Ave., Vanceboro), CarolinaEast Internal Medicine in Havelock (532 Webb Blvd., Havelock) and New Bern Riverfront Convention Center (203 S. Front St., New Bern). Vaccinations, by appointment only, will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We are pleased to have the ability to offer the vaccine to more in our community,” said Brandy Popp, Public Relations and Community Outreach ManagerRead More →

Report also shows latest statistics and information on Alzheimer’s prevalence, incidence, mortality and cost of care in North Carolina and nationally Statewide deaths attributable to Alzheimer’s and dementia spike during COVID-19  Findings from two national surveys appearing in the Alzheimer’s Association 2021 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report reveal that discrimination is a barrier to Alzheimer’s and dementia care. More than one-third of Black Americans (36 percent) and nearly one-fifth of Hispanic Americans (18 percent) and Asian Americans (19 percent), believes discrimination would be a barrier to receiving Alzheimer’s care. In addition, half or more of non-White caregivers say they have experienced discrimination when navigating health care settings for their care recipient.Read More →

With states opening up more but a full reopening only possible once most of the population has been vaccinated, the personal-finance website WalletHub on Tuesday released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions. To identify which states have the fewest coronavirus restrictions, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 14 key metrics. Our data set ranges from whether restaurants are open to whether the state has required face masks in public and workplace temperature screenings. Source: WalletHub North Carolina numbers Coronavirus Restrictions in North Carolina (1=Fewest, 25=Avg.): 16th – Requirement to Wear a Face Mask in Public 18th – State GuidanceRead More →

Craven County remains one of the highest among COVID-19 spread in North Carolina, but numbers have dropped dramatically since the post-Christmas Holiday spike. COVID-19 spread in Craven County is described as “substantial” (orange) in the County Alert System managed by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Craven County had been “critical” (red) in the previous report, along with the majority of counties in the state. Craven County has had 445 new lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks, an elevated rate but half what it experienced following the Christmas break and a lower rate than what is occurring in neighboring PamlicoRead More →