New Hanover County Schools stocks up on PPE for start of plan B

Plasma from Red Cross blood donors helps people with COVID-19

Plasma taken from whole blood donations from individuals previously diagnosed with COVID-19 can help the most critically ill patients fighting the coronavirus because it contains antibodies.

  COVID or flu? Doctors urge children get the flu vaccine so symptoms aren’t mistaken

A local pediatrician answers common questions regarding children and the flu.

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UPDATE: NHC Schools postpone virtual town halls for Plan B transition

New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will host a series of virtual town hall meetings for families on the district’s transition to Plan B.

  NCDHHS launches new app to alert people of recent exposure to COVID-19

A new exposure notification app called, “SlowCOVIDNC,” has just been launched by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to help slow the spread of the virus.

“I am scared”: Covid-weary teacher prepares will instead of lesson plans

Covid-weary teacher prepares will instead of lesson plans
“I am scared”: Covid-weary teacher prepares will instead of lesson plans
Confirmed case of COVID-19 at a Columbus County School

Case of West Nile virus confirmed in Rock Hill, S.C.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) recently alerted York County Emergency Management about a confirmed case of West Nile virus in a Rock Hill citizen.

Brunswick Co. health officials update ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at congregate living facilities

Brunswick County health officials say there are ongoing COVID-19 outbreaks at two congregate living facilities in the county while a third outbreak was recently closed.

  NC officials say no lesions, markings on dead fish found at Ocean Isle Beach

Researchers with North Carolina’s Division of Marine Fisheries are trying to find out what caused dozens of menhaden to wash ashore Thursday at Ocean Isle Beach.

NCDHHS expands mental health support for educators and their families

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) recently expanded the Hope4Healers Helpline to support North Carolina teachers, school personnel and their families.

  September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day

After stopping short of taking her own life, Abi Orde published a video on YouTube sharing the stories of several people in southeastern North Carolina who have experienced that struggle, firsthand.

NC health officials won’t allow athlete’s families to attend college football games

North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen has denied a request for colleges across North Carolina to allow families of football players to attend games in-person.

  WECT Investigates: Students involuntarily withdrawn from college training program, not offered refunds

Students say they are being involuntarily withdrawn from their training program, effectively losing credit for all of their studies up to this point, and still being required to pay for that coursework.

  Double your social distancing at the gym, doctor recommends

Advice from a doctor on how to stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19 when returning to the gym

NC: Trump rally exceeded pandemic limits, but not illegal

A spokeswoman for North Carolina’s governor says President Donald Trump’s rally in Winston-Salem this week violated state health and safety protocols but was not illegal.

N.C. governor asks politicians to lead by example by wearing masks, social distancing on campaign trail

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says elected leaders and candidates need to lead by example during the coronavirus pandemic by wearing masks and social distancing on the campaign trail.

  Tourism Development Authority among industry groups looking to Congress for relief

Like many tourism-related businesses across the country, the New Hanover County Tourism Development Authority has taken a hard hit because of the coronavirus pandemic. The industry is asking Congress for help, and to be included in the next round of federal coronavirus relief.

  Added screen time can spell trouble at bedtime

Advice from a sleep expert for you and your children

LabCorp launches a single test for multiple respiratory infections including COVID-19

LabCorp announced Tuesday, September 8, it had created a combined test that detects multiple respiratory infections including COVID-19, Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) and influenza A/B.

  UNCW looking to relocate all on-campus students to single-room dorms

In an effort to stem the tide of rising coronavirus infections in college-aged individuals in the county, UNCW is offering students who have roommates at on-campus residence halls the chance to move into single-room dorms for the remainder of the academic year or return home.

  As early voting days approach, some NC counties still need poll workers

At least a quarter of North Carolina’s counties are struggling to recruit poll workers for the 2020 election.

  Labor Day weekend ends with packed beaches despite COVID-19 concerns

Some beach-goers at Carolina Beach and Wrightsville Beach say they're keeping their distance and staying vigilant all while enjoying the last days of summer

  Gyms, playgrounds and museums reopen under “Phase 2.5”

Governor Roy Cooper’s “Safer at Home” reopening phase 2.5 took effect at 5 p.m. Friday, September 4 allowing gyms, museums and playgrounds to reopen.

  With holiday weekend on deck, Cape Fear region sees uptick in virus cases after students return

Experts urge those celebrating this Labor Day to wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash hands frequently.

  Pravda and KGB reinvented as cafes in order to reopen

Something new is brewing at two downtown Wilmington businesses, closed since the start of the pandemic in March

Gov. Cooper signs $1 billion COVID-19 relief bill that includes stimulus payments for parents

Gov. Roy Cooper will sign into law the $1 billion COVID-19 relief bill, according to a news release Friday evening from his office.

Gyms, playgrounds now open as NC moves to Phase 2.5 of reopening

It’s official, North Carolina has moved to Phase 2.5 of Gov. Roy Cooper’s “Safer at Home” reopening plan.

NHC and Partnership Advisory Group to meet virtually to refine agreement

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Partnership Advisory Group and New Hanover County will meet Wednesday September 9 at 5 p.m. to share input and vote on key terms and conditions to be included in the agreement with Novant Health.

New program provides no-cost COVID-19 testing for the uninsured

A new program launched by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) will reimburse the cost of COVID-19 testing of people without insurance.

UNCW Health Center offering free COVID-19 testing for students

The UNCW Student Health Center is offering free COVID-19 testing to students, Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli announced Thursday.

N.C. health leaders continue public face-covering push with new ‘Whatever Your Reason’ campaign

The message will be shared across the state through commercials to television and radio, social media, billboards and advertisements on public transportation.

NC lawmakers pass $1 billion COVID-19 relief bill, now heads to Gov. Cooper’s desk

The North Carolina House passed a COVID-19 relief bill Thursday morning that spends about $1 billion in response to the pandemic, including sending stimulus payments to parents.

Students in two Topsail Elementary classes asked to quarantine

After exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, students in a kindergarten class and a fourth-grade class at Topsail Elementary School were asked to quarantine, Wednesday, September 2.

  Sen. Thom Tillis visits local businesses, discusses pandemic relief

Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC) sat down with business owners to discuss the Paycheck Protection Program.

  ‘Downtown Alive’ extended through mid October, city allocates coronavirus-related funding

Wilmington City Council voted unanimously to extend the ’Downtown Alive’ program, hoping to further assist downtown businesses ailing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  N.C. moving into Safer at Home Phase 2.5 on Friday; gyms allowed to open, bars to remain closed

The news conference is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.

CFCC teams with 4MedPlus to offer online contact tracing training

Contract tracers interview individuals recently diagnosed with COVID-19 to identify and notify their close contacts of potential exposure.

  UNCW identifies another cluster in a residence hall

University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) identified a cluster of seven cases of COVID-19 in Cornerstone Hall, Monday, August 31.

Brunswick County gives status update about COVID-19 outbreaks in congregate living settings

As of Monday, August 31, there are currently three COVID-19 outbreaks in Brunswick County, with two outbreaks in nursing homes and one affecting a residential care facility.

New Hanover County appoints new Health and Human Services Agency director

New Hanover County appointed Donna Fayko as the county’s Health and Human Services Consolidated Agency director; she will start in her new role October 6.

Summer Nutrition Programs are extended through the end of 2020

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) extended a suite of nationwide waivers Monday August 31 to continue operating summer nutrition programs.

  ‘There is hope’: recognizing International Drug Overdose Awareness Day

Aug. 31 is International Overdose Awareness Day. It aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma of overdoses.