North Carolina over-all has some of the most restrictive COVID-19 prevention measures in the nation, according to a WalletHub study released on Jan. 26. In a study of state-by-state restrictions, Oklahoma, the 28th largest state by population, ranked first for least restrictive measures and California, the largest state by population, ranked last. North Carolina, the 9th largest state by population, ranked 44th for least restrictive measures. With the U.S. starting to open up more but a full reopening only possible once the nation achieves widespread vaccination, the personal-finance website WalletHub released updated rankings for the States with the Fewest Coronavirus Restrictions. To identify which states haveRead More →

The NC Department of Transportation and the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced that approximately $2.5 million in Coronavirus Relief Funding is being distributed to local transit agencies across the state to help pay for rides for individuals who need transportation assistance to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. “Every North Carolinian has a spot and needs to get their shot,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “As vaccine supply increases, we are deploying every resource to make sure people have access and are not held back by barriers like lack of transportation.” Each local transit agency will receive a set amount of funding, and the initiativeRead More →

WALLETHUB | In a study released Jan. 21 about which states are most and least safe to be during this COVID-19 pandemic, North Carolina ranked 33rd — near the middle. Only 0.62% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of Jan. 20, with vaccination being an essential component for full reopening of the economy.  In order to find out the safest states during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics. Our data set includes the rates of COVID-19 transmission, positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible populationRead More →

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 →

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 →

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced it has updated its vaccination plan to align with new federal recommendations. The changes simplify the vaccine process and continue the state’s commitment to first protect health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19, people who are at the highest risk of being hospitalized or dying, and those at high risk of exposure to COVID-19. For more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage, go here. “While there is still much to do, we head into 2021 with a powerful tool to stop this pandemic– vaccines,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “However, because supplies areRead More →

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper strongly encouraged local officials to establish civil penalties for people who violate his executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The state is seeing record highs in cases, percentage of positive tests, and hospitalizations, according to a letter from Cooper, Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen, and Public Safety Director Erik Hooks. “This pandemic is threatening to overwhelm the capacity of our hospitals and health care workers, and we all want people seeking medical care to have a hospital or ICU bed if they need it for COVID-19, a hear attach or any other ailment,” the threeRead More →

Gov. Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen outlined the state’s plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine once it is authorized for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. “Having a safe vaccine within reach is an extraordinary achievement,” Cohen said. “At the same time, it is not a quick fix. It will take several months to have enough supplies that anyone can readily get a vaccine. Until most people are vaccinated, those three Ws remain our best tool to protect our loved ones, to make sure our hospitals are there for those who need them, and to save lives.”Read More →

10 more counties designated as Red for Critical Community Spread; Craven still Orange—’Substantial Community Spread’ Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, issued additional COVID-19 safety measures to tighten mask requirements and enforcement as cases continue to rise rapidly in North Carolina and across the country. Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and runs through Friday, Dec. 11.  “I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: We are in danger,” Governor Cooper said. “This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus. Our actions now will determine the fate of many.” In addition to extending PhaseRead More →

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 4,296 new cases reported. Craven County had 39 new COVID-19 cases reported during that time period. Craven County in total has had 2,754 COVID-19 cases, of which 162 are active and 68 have died. The record-high day follows several days of increasing trends in new cases, the percent of tests that are positive and hospitalizations. The weekly COVID-19 Surveillance SummaryOpen PDF report released Thursday on the number of people visiting the emergency department with COVID-like illness also showed an increase. “I am very concerned,” said NCDHHSRead More →