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 →

North Carolina reached a grim milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic — more than 10,000 North Carolinians have died from the virus as of Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2021. The state also surpassed 800,000 total cases on Tuesday.  “Together we grieve with the family and friends of the North Carolinians who have lost their lives to this terrible pandemic,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “Each one of these numbers represents a daughter or son, a parent or grandparent, a neighbor or friend — people who are deeply loved and who were part of the fabric of our community.” Both CDC and NCDHHS guidelines say everyoneRead More →

The N.C. Department of Transportation is beginning construction on the U.S. 70 Improvements in James City project. The U.S. 70 Improvements span 5.1 miles from the Neuse River Bridge in James City to just east of Thurman Road in Craven County. The fact sheet, found here, provides an overview of what to expect during construction. The $327.56 million project is scheduled to be completed in 2023. The embedded video below shows you what to expect during construction and visit www.ncdot.gov/jamescity to learn more. NCDOT’s goal is to help you reach your destination safely and on time. REAL-TIME ROAD CONDITIONS IN JAMES CITYhttps://drivenc.gov/ SOURCE: N.C. Department of Transportation As construction trucksRead More →

A COVID-19 relief bill passed through the North Carolina General Assembly with unanimous support and is now waiting for Gov. Roy Cooper to sign it. The votes were 45-0 in the Senate and 117-0 in the House. The House approved the bill on Thursday. District 3 N.C. Rep. Steve Tyson said that if Cooper signs it, Senate Bill 36 will put approximately $18 million into Craven County Schools. “We hope it will be used to help get our kids back in school and allow failing students to attend summer school to get caught up,” Tyson said Throughout the state, the bill puts $39 million forRead More →

By TAYLOR SISK This is part one of a two-part series exploring racism as a public health crisis in Appalachia and its compounding due to COVID-19. Read part two here. Shortly after midnight on Sept. 29, Felisha Walter assumed an identity very much at odds with the fullness of her life: statistic.  Walter was a devoted mother, a chef and caterer; gracious, giving and forgiving; spiritual and kind. And when she passed away, just after her 62nd birthday, at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, she was one more African American life lost to COVID-19 – a virus that has brought suffering and death to a disproportionateRead More →

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 →