Over $100,000 over-the-county medications given out for free

With thousands of people out of work and countless others struggling to make ends meet, the chance to get anything free is a blessing nowadays.
  WECT addresses concerns about vaccine roll-out in Brunswick County
  Health officials ask for patience as Novant, Brunswick work to ramp up vaccine effort
New Hanover County expecting 3,900 more vaccines next week
New Hanover County expecting 3,900 more vaccines next week
COVID-19 infected lungs damaged more than smoker’s lung, doctor says

  Duplin County hosts mass vaccine clinic

It was a historic day in Duplin County where the health department hosted its first mass vaccine clinic drive-thru at the Duplin Events Center in Kenansville.

  NHC estimates 37,000 people 65 years and older now eligible after state updates vaccine guidance

With the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services revising its guidance on Thursday to include individuals 65 years and older in the current group to be vaccinated, New Hanover County officials estimate that this update will make 37,000 people eligible for the vaccine locally.
  NCDHHS announces those 65 and older are eligible for vaccinations
  NCDHHS preparing for “large-scale” vaccine events across the state
  Host of problems slows the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in NC

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  Wilmington Health becomes first local provider to offer vaccine

Until this week, New Hanover County Public Health and New Hanover Regional Medical Center were the only authorized vaccinators in the county.

As COVID-19 cases surge across the state, PCS Board of Education members discuss school operations

PCS Board of Education discusses school operations with surge in COVID-19 cases

  ‘It’s imperative that the state understand our situation and our needs’: Brunswick County Commission chair petitions state for more vaccines

Inadequate supplies could result in Brunswick County being left behind.

N.C. trooper dies after lengthy battle with COVID-19

The N.C. State Highway Patrol says First Sergeant Timothy “Lee” Howell (A911) died after a “courageous, lengthy” battle with COVID-19.

  New Hanover County reports ‘busy but successful day’ of vaccine Phase 1b as those 75+ line up for shots

All appointments in the county are booked through Jan. 12.

  Air purifiers are being installed, vaccinations will be offered to improve health and safety in state prisons

IWave air purifiers work by making the virus particles heavier and easier to filter.

  Phone lines inundated, appointments filled as Southeastern North Carolina health departments begin Phase 1B of vaccine effort

The state controls how many doses are allocated to each county.

Cooper extends modified Stay at Home; Cohen issues Secretarial Directive

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that he is extending his modified Stay at Home Order while NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen has issued a Secretarial Directive telling North Carolinians to stay at home except for essential activities.

  Counties in the Cape Fear region begin transition to next phase in COVID-19 vaccination plan

Counties in the Cape Fear region announced their transition to the next phase in the the state’s COVID-19 vaccine plan

  Cooper activates National Guard to help speed up vaccine roll out

Governor Roy Cooper on Tuesday announced that he has activated the National Guard to help with the state’s COVID-19 vaccination roll out.

Area counties update plans to move to Phase 1b of vaccine rollout

In Phase 1b, vaccines will be administered to three different groups. The first group to received the vaccines will be anyone 75 years old or older regardless of medical or living condition.

Samaritan’s Purse starts building field hospital in Lenoir to help with COVID-19

A 30-bed emergency field hospital is being built to provide COVID-19 care support for western North Carolina as the pandemic has worsened this winter.

Columbus County Health Department ceases to provide COVID-19 updates

Columbus County Health Department will no longer provide bi-weekly updates of COVID-19 statistics

  New Hanover County sees hiccup in vaccine rollout as some non-1A workers get shots over weekend, communication issues blamed

The county says they still have plenty of supplies to vaccinate the first phase.

  Columbus County to begin vaccinating individuals 75 or older on Jan. 11

The Columbus County Health Department announced on Thursday that the agency will enter into the next phase of the state’s updated vaccination rollout plan on Jan. 11 which will allow those 75 years of age or older to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Unclear if new COVID-19 variant is present in North Carolina

A new variant of COVID-19 is now identified in Colorado and California. It’s unknown if the variant has reached North Carolina.

  Columbus County Schools switch to online learning in January

All students in Columbus County to change to virtual learning after holidays.

  NC health leaders announce updated vaccination rollout plan

The state currently is in Phase 1A of the rollout meaning health care workers caring for patients with COVID-19, workers administering vaccine and long-term care staff and residents can get the vaccine.

New Hanover Co. reports 14 additional COVID-19-related deaths since Dec. 23

According to the county, 1,158 new cases have been reported over the last two weeks while the health department has been informed of 14 deaths of county residents connected to COVID-19 since Dec. 23.

  Vaccine rollout continues across Southeastern North Carolina

Vaccines continue to go out across the Cape Fear region and the state.

  Gyms prepare for a new year and new members during COVID-19 pandemic

As gyms work to stay in business, owners hope to bring in new members in the new year, but doing it the safe way.

A ‘significant moment’: Dosher Memorial begins vaccinations of its frontline healthcare workers

Dr. Brad Hilaman, the CEO and chief medical officer of Dosher Memorial Hospital, described Tuesday as a “significant moment.”

  Anonymous donors pay rent for woman on the verge of eviction

Courtney McCormick calls it “a Christmas miracle”

  Public health experts work to overcome hesitance from minorities about COVID-19 vaccines

Public health experts are working to build confidence in the COVID-19 vaccine. In some communities, there are hurdles to overcome.

  Gov. Cooper to extend eviction moratorium

The details of the moratorium extension have not been released yet.

State Health Department expands contact tracing methods

The expansion of contact tracing to include text and email will speed up the notification process.

  New Hanover County receives Moderna Inc. vaccine, rolls out vaccination plan

New Hanover County (NHC) began administering vaccines according to the county’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

  NC nursing homes prepare for vaccination effort as state’s hospitalizations, death toll climb

Vaccinations at nursing homes and other facilities are slated to begin on Monday, Dec. 28.

  More than 90 percent of NC counties now in red or orange in latest alert system update

Gov. Roy Cooper is scheduled to hold a media briefing on COVID-19 Tuesday, Dec. 22, starting at 2 p.m.

  Community leaders outline COVID-19 vaccine plans for minority communities

A push Monday night, to reach marginalized communities and build their trust in the COVID-19 vaccines. Doctors, public health experts and leaders in the minority community answered questions as part of this virtual forum on the vaccine.

  Cape Fear area health departments prepare for arrival of COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccines are expected to begin arriving in Southeastern North Carolina Tuesday.

  Cooper signs order to allow to-go mixed alcoholic beverages

The order allows permitted establishments to sell mixed alcoholic beverages for consumption off premises.

State announces how many doses of Pfizer vaccine will be delivered this week

The federal government has allocated 61,425 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for North Carolina for the week of Dec. 21 through Dec. 27.

  Vaccinations underway at NHRMC

The first doses have been given.

  Woman faces eviction despite qualifying for statewide program to help pay rent

Courtney McCormick worked as a professional server for 17 years but the pandemic hit the restaurant industry hard and she lost her job.

  New Hanover Co. health officials say they’re seeing “Thanksgiving surge” of COVID-19 cases

New Hanover County Public Health officials say they’re seeing a surge of COVID-19 cases they are attributing to the Thanksgiving holiday.

NC health officials report single highest one-day increase in COVID-19 cases with 8,444

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of COVID-19 cases with 8,444 new cases reported on Friday, doubling a record day reported just one month ago on Nov. 19 when the state reported 4,296 new cases.

  COVID-19 vaccine has arrived at NHRMC, Brunswick Novant

The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center on Thursday.

  Bladen County charter school chosen to participate in statewide COVID-19 testing pilot program

The Emereau Bladen Charter School in Bladen County has been chosen to participate in a statewide pilot program to deploy COVID-19 rapid testing in K-12 public schools where any in-person instruction is happening.