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 →

Three more people were added to the COVID-19-related casualty list in Craven County between Monday and Tuesday, making it one of the deadliest 24-hour periods since the pandemic started here in March 2020. The three deaths bring Craven County’s total death count to 87. No other details about the deaths are available. The Craven County Health Department stopped issuing daily COVID-19 updates on Dec. 31. For more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage, go here. It is unknown when the individuals died, as was often the case previously, the day a death was reported sometimes was a day or many days after the actual death. ThreeRead 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 →

The number of COVID-19 cases in Craven County increased by more than 300 since the last report from the Craven County Health Department on Dec. 31, 2020. The number is alarmingly high, but artificially so — somewhat. Dec. 31 was not only the last report, it was the last time Craven County Health will be issuing daily reports. The department is handing that off to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. For more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage, go here. The number of cases reported at the county level has been trending lower than the number reported by the state. For consistency’sRead More →

Craven County has 5,040 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 31, 2020, ending the year at a sobering milestone, as well as breaking a new record: highest number of active cases so far. Craven County has 963 active cases and 26 hospitalized. There were 101 new cases between Wednesday and Thursday. For more New Bern Post COVID-19 coverage, go here. Meanwhile, 3,994 individuals have recovered or are presumed recovered based on guidelines set by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The death toll ended the year at 83. Transmission As of January 1, 2021, the Craven County HealthRead More →

Angelina Doyle was a single mother looking for a way to feel complete. With no acting experience, she started out as an actor with the New Bern Civic Theatre in 2006. Then she became the theatre’s administrative assistant. In 2010, she became the executive director. Riding out Florence and COVID The theatre earns 80 percent of its revenue from ticket sales during normal times. These being anything but normal, New Bern Civic Theatre has had only two shows in 2020. While national disasters hit hard financially, the fact that New Bern Civic Theatre has just two paid employees has enabled it to coast through disastersRead More →

In 2014, Karen Miller left Long Island where she was a caterer and event planner, with the goal to retire in New Bern. But she loved her career and just couldn’t give it up. She found herself going back and forth to New York to cater for her clients there. Gradually, she shifted her attention to New Bern. She opened Sweet Pea’s Café on Middle Street. She found success there, but the kitchen and refrigeration were insufficient for her catering. She sold the café and rented refrigerator space in a colleague’s kitchen so she could continue her catering business, Posh Palate Caterers. Business grew andRead More →

CarolinaEast Medical Center reached its highest number of COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, with 42 beds occupied and forcing a third COVID ward to be opened. CarolinaEast set its record on the same day that Craven County itself set a record for residents hospitalized due to COVID-19, with 29 patients. CarolinaEast Medical Center is a regional facility that serves Craven and surrounding counties. Dr. Ronald May, CarolinaEast Vice President of Medical Affairs, said staff members are exhausted and this current spike is still stemming from the Thanksgiving holiday, WCTI News Channel 12 reported. May said he believes there is more to come. “We haven’t seen anyRead More →