N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike
  Tips to host a smaller but memorable Thanksgiving meal

  Retail stores prepare for the holiday shopping season under the new, stronger mask mandate

Governor Cooper's new executive order strengthening the mask mandate goes into effect Wednesday at 5 p.m.

  Governor Cooper’s latest mandate requires masks while exercising indoors

Up until this point, gyms and their members have enjoyed some freedoms from mask wearing while exercising.
  Two new clinical trials underway in Wilmington for COVID-19 vaccines
  COVID-19 patient opens up about her battle with the virus

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  Health officials warn COVID-19 spread will get worse if people don’t answer contact tracing questions

As more cases pop up around Southeastern North Carolina there’s an increased push for contact tracing. It’s where health workers track down people who may have been exposed to the virus and let them know they may need tested as well.

NHC Schools pauses Grab & Go meal service for Thanksgiving holiday

The New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Grab & Go meal service will not be available November 25, 26, and 27

‘Suicide Bridge’ survivor says simply asking someone if they’re okay could save a life

‘Suicide Bridge’ survivor says simply asking someone if they’re okay could save a life

COVID-19 cases spiking in rural areas in North Carolina

The state released a new report showing COVID-19 cases are spiking in rural areas.

N.C. sending nearly 75K rapid Covid-19 tests to colleges ahead of Thanksgiving

North Carolina officials on Thursday announced that nearly 75,000 federally-funded rapid antigen tests will be sent to colleges and universities to bolster student testing ahead of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

  Gov. Cooper: N.C. will remain in Phase 3; indoor mass gathering limit will go down to 10

North Carolina will remain in Phase 3 while the indoor gathering limit will go down from 25 to 10, Gov. Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.

Report: Cohen being considered for Biden cabinet post

POLITICO is reporting North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen is being considered for a top spot in the Biden Administration.

THE LATEST: Things to know about COVID-19 in the Cape Fear

THE LATEST: Things to know about COVID-19 in the Cape Fear

“We really need our community to step up:” NHRMC Chief Physician on spike of COVID-19 cases

Health officials fear a snowball effect will send the case count to our highest spike yet as we move beyond Halloween, the election season and into the holidays.

  COVID-19 and care facilities: County health department begins vaccine planning

New numbers from the state show at least half of all COVID-19-related deaths in North Carolina are from nursing or care homes.

NC reports 2,908 new cases of COVID-19 – the highest daily total ever

North Carolina health officials announced 2,908 new lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday – the highest daily total ever for the state.

Cooper urges NC to move forward with ‘science and facts’ instead of politics as COVID-19 numbers trend higher

Gov. Roy Cooper (D) said Thursday he’s concerned about the state’s already-high COVID-19 numbers trending even higher as the holiday season begins, holding his first briefing on the pandemic since winning re-election this week.

Bladen County Health Department hosting no-cost COVID-19 testing events

Free COVID-19 testing events to be held at the Bladen County Health Department on several dates in November

Federal prosecutors ask judge to shut down Wilmington pharmacy accused of fueling opioid epidemic

Prosecutors said Seashore Drugs developed a reputation in the Wilmington pharmacy community as a place that “filled the prescriptions other pharmacies refused.”

  Brunswick County sees 16% increase in positive cases of COVID-19

Like much of the state and country, Brunswick County is experiencing a spike in cases of COVID-19.

Three cases of COVID-19 confirmed at NHC elementary school

The positive cases of COVID-19 confirmed at Blair Elementary

  A grieving family asks: Why aren’t county jails doing more to stop spread of COVID-19?

While state-run prisons in North Carolina have been court ordered to take extra steps to protect inmates from COVID-19, the same rules do not apply to county jails. As a result, each county sheriff is operating their jail by a different set of rules.

  Student tests positive for COVID-19 at a NHC high school

A student at Hoggard high School in New Hanover County tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday

  U.S. Health and Human Services sends 3.15 million antigen tests to N.C.

North Carolina will receive 3.15 million Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 point of care antigen tests from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  Eligible Blue Cross NC members receive health and wellness retail cards

$200 million in health and wellness retail cards are being sent to more than 600,000 eligible subscribers or households across North Carolina

Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development offers COVID-19 quarantine support

Mt. Calvary Center for Leadership Development is offering a quarantine support program for anyone directed to quarantine because of exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 or testing positive yourself.

  COVID in the Classroom: Answering common questions and misconceptions about positive tests in schools

New Hanover County Schools reached the end of two weeks with students back in class Friday; inevitably, cases of COVID-19 have been identified in the district.

  Enrollment is complete for Moderna’s Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine trial

Moderna, Inc. announced Thursday it had completed enrollment of 30,000 participants in the Phase 3 coronavirus vaccine trial

  Local lawsuits against opioid manufacturers continue as NC Attorney General expresses frustration at Purdue Pharma deal

Considering the millions of lives lost or affected by the opioid crisis, many believe $8 billion doesn’t even begin to cover the damage done.

  UNCW to host free drive-through COVID-19 testing site

UNCW, in a collaboration with the New Hanover County Health Department, will offer a free drive-through COVID-19 testing site beginning next week.

  Family alleges Pender Correctional inmate did not receive timely treatment for COVID-19

Family members of a prison inmate say their loved one didn’t get timely medical care after becoming ill with COVID-19.

  UPDATE: Five COVID-19 cases identified in cluster at school in NHC

The New Hanover County Public Health Department identified a cluster of positive COVID-19 cases in the Lyceum Academy at New Hanover High School.

  Phase 3 to remain in effect until Nov. 13; State health officials ask county leaders to take action to slow spread of COVID-19

Previously, the Executive Order was scheduled to expire Friday.

  Pender County Schools approves Plan A for K-5 students

Pender County School Board voted 3-1 to approve Plan A for K-5 students

NHC Health and Human Services Board votes on amended tobacco use proposal

The New Hanover County Health and Human Services board voted Tuesday to approve the revised drafted rule to ban smoking and e-cigarette use in the county.

  Bladen Co. Schools superintendent says activity outside of school generates recent COVID-19 cases

After three school closures and ten positive cases so far this school year, the superintendent asks community members to take extra precautions when out in public.

  Bladenboro Middle to close for in-person learning starting today due to COVID-19 concerns

Bladenboro Middle School will close for in-person learning starting Tuesday, Oct. 20, due to COVID-19, according to Bladen County Schools.

  NC among last states to make death records electronic

North Carolina will soon launch a pilot program to begin digitizing electronic death records. It is currently one of just three states still processing death certificates by hand, which has made it hard to gauge the impact of COVID-19 on the state's mortality rate.

Judge puts Wisconsin capacity limit order back into effect

Wisconsin last week set new daily records for positive coronavirus cases, deaths and hospitalizations.

  New hospital planned for New Hanover County

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has submitted an application to the state to build a 66 bed facility in Scotts Hill. The Certificate of Need application is under review by the NC Division of Health Service Regulation.

NCDHHS submits plan to CDC prioritizing COVID-19 vaccine

The goal is to immunize everyone who is eligible for and wants a COVID-19 vaccine

  Cape Fear Heart Walk goes virtual this weekend

Cape Fear Heart Walk goes virtual this weekend

  Dublin Elementary School to close for at least two weeks due to increase in COVID-19 cases

Dublin Primary School will be closed for a minimum of two weeks “due to a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases and close contact cases,” Bladen County Schools announced Friday morning.

  “Our next peak is somewhere during election week”: Chief physician at NHRMC expects another rise in COVID-19 cases

Chief physician at NHRMC expects another rise in COVID-19 cases