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preparations are underway to ensure maximum safety for players and spectators as outlined in recent state and NCHSAA guidance
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  Bladen County prioritized teachers at vaccine clinic Wednesday
  Local reaction to Governor Cooper easing restrictions on bars

  Community quilts will commemorate stories of the COVID-19 pandemic

Quilts displayed at the Cameron Art Museum will tell the story of how those in the Cape Fear remembered and lived through the COVID-19 pandemic

  COVID-19 causes Whiteville High School to revert to online learning

Whiteville High School (WHS) will revert to full-time, online instruction beginning Tuesday, February 24, because of a rise in positive COVID-19 cases and the associated quarantines.
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  School systems working to schedule COVID-19 vaccinations for employees
NC now receiving COVID-19 vaccine shipments delayed by last week’s weather

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  State rejects NHMRC’s bid to build hospital in Scotts Hill

The North Carolina Department of Health and Services rejected NHRMC’s application for the $210 million project.

  South Brunswick High School to transition to 100 percent remote learning through March 5

South Brunswick High School is transitioning to 100 percent remote learning for students through March 5 due to an increase in COVID-19 activity, according to the school system.

  COVID-19 cluster identified at Holly Shelter Middle School

According to New Hanover County Schools, seven individuals have tested positive due a connected exposure. In total, 14 individuals were quarantined due to this close contact.
  COVID-19 cluster identified at Holly Shelter Middle School
  COVID-19 vaccine raises skepticism among some members in the Black community

  Some line skipping, little oversight for COVID-19 vaccine administration

After weeks of waiting on hold or hearing about COVID-19 vaccination events only after they’d filled up, the 65-year-old Wake County resident finally got a shot.

  Wilmington retirement community charters buses to vaccinate residents

Residents were vaccinated at the NHC Health and Human Services building in Wilmington.

Seniors raise concerns of being skipped as NC moves into Group 3 of vaccination

About 60 percent of North Carolina’s 65 years and older population still needs to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. But in just two weeks, an additional 240,000 people will become eligible to get the vaccine in Group 3.

Vaccine Tourism: A closer look at vaccine residency requirements in S.C., neighboring states

Across the country, the lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine supply remains scarce, while the demand to get it remains high.

  Smithfield Foods delivers lunch to over 500 essential workers

Smithfield foods feeds over 500 essential employees in Pender County

  John Gizdic, former CEO at NHRMC, named to new role with Novant Health

John Gizdic, former CEO at NHRMC named in new role with Novant Health

  Brunswick County to receive additional 400 doses of COVID-19 vaccine

The state will send an additional 400 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Brunswick County this week, following a meeting County Commission Chairman Randy Thompson had with state officials on Monday.

  Gov. Cooper: “More work to be done” in getting vaccines to minorities

Gov. Roy Cooper held a news conference Tuesday to provide an update on COVID-19.

Wilmington Health now offering text alerts when open vaccine appointments are available

Wilmington Health is now offering the community the ability to sign up for text alerts when vaccine appointments become available.

  Coming soon: Online appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations in Pender County

Pender County Health Department announced Monday it is to begin offering online appointments for COVID-19 vaccinations.

  Wave Transit DART driver tests positive for COVID-19, no service interruption

A driver in the WAVE Transit Dial-A-Ride Transportation (DART) program has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a post on the system’s Twitter page. But the result has not caused any changes in the system's services.

  Day one of weekly COVID-19 testing moves smoothly at UNCW

The new COVID-19 testing program is now in place at UNCW.

NC Republicans continue push for in-person school option as teachers advocate for vaccine prioritization

Republican leaders in the General Assembly said they plan to pass a bill this week that would require school districts to offer the option of in-person learning.

  Brunswick Co. officials frustrated state advising its residents to drive elsewhere for vaccine

Brunswick County has received enough COVID-19 vaccines to cover all first dose appointments for the week of Feb. 8-12, according to a Facebook post Friday.

More than $100 million sitting unspent in program meant to help pay rent, utility bills

The N.C. HOPE Grant program has only spent $42 million of $160 million set aside to help people pay their rent and utility bills. State officials have approved a total of $120 million in grant awards but cannot explain why it's taking so long to get checks cut.

  NCDHHS COVID-19 dashboard adds vaccination data, numbers highlight racial disparities

New vaccination data added to the state health department’s COVID-19 dashboard shows the extent of racial disparity among those receiving COVID-19 vaccinations.

  Brunswick County Schools balances construction and COVID

Construction continues at Brunswick county schools during pandemic.

  Alzheimer’s Association hopes Tony Bennett’s diagnosis brings more awareness to incurable disease

The family of legendary singer Tony Bennett revealed his Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis earlier this week

New Hanover Co. Board of Education to hold special meeting Feb. 10 to discuss transition to Plan A

According to an email from the school system, the board will “consider a COVID-19 vaccine resolution, review COVID-19 updates and information and discuss the district’s transition to Plan A.”

  Novant discontinues prompt pay discount for patients at NHRMC

WECT has confirmed that New Hanover Regional Medical Center will no longer be offering patients the popular “prompt pay discount” now that it has officially merged with Novant Health. WECT was made aware the 25% discount was discontinued by a disappointed patient.

  Gov. Cooper outlines supplemental budget request that includes one-time bonuses for school employees

Governor Roy Cooper on Thursday outlined his administration’s supplemental budget recommendations on how millions of dollars in federal and state funds should be used to address North Carolina’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  NC Attorney General reaches $573 million settlement with McKinsey over its role in opioid epidemic

Attorney General Josh Stein announced Thursday that he has reached a $573 million multi-state settlement with consulting firms McKinsey & Company over its role in advising opioid companies on how to promote their drugs and profit from the opioid epidemic.

  Get Fit With 6: February challenge

Get Fit With 6 February challenge includes jump rope, sit-ups, and glute bridge exercises.

  Are you afraid of the COVID-19 vaccine? WECT hosts Q&A online

Five panelists answered questions from the public during WECT's COVID-19 vaccine Q&A online

  Letter from NHC Commission Chair urges Board of Ed. to rally state for priority vaccinations for school staff to speed return to in-person learning

The New Hanover County Board of Education met Tuesday evening after Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier in the day it was time to get students back in the classroom.

  Commissioner Deb Hays raises vaccine supply concerns to legislators

The news that Walgreens pharmacies across our state will receive 30,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines was met with some immediate concern from local government officials in NHC

NC Senate to take up bill requiring schools to have in-person learning option

The day after Gov. Roy Cooper (D) urged school districts to allow kids to have the option of in-person learning, a Senate panel moved forward Wednesday with a bill that would require that option to be available.

  North Carolina mother donates 8,000 oz. of breast milk

A Leland woman donates 8,000 ounces of breast milk—and doctors say it could protect babies from contracting viruses.

  Novant Health opens express clinic inside Leland Walgreens

Novant Health on Wednesday announced the opening of an express clinic inside the Walgreens on Village Road in Leland.

Council approves additional paid leave for Wilmington employees who receive COVID-19 vaccine

City employees will get an additional four hours of paid leave if they receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

  Push being made for NC pharmacies to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses to distribute

Walgreens will be one of the first in North Carolina, according to Cohen. This will be a separate supply from what the state gets.

  Cooper: Now it is time to get our children back into the classroom

Gov. Roy Cooper provided an update on the state’s COVID-19 response during a media briefing Tuesday, Feb. 2.

NCDHHS releases new tools to help answer vaccine questions

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has expanded the vaccine hotline hours and added a new search tool to help people find their nearest vaccine location

  Chairman of Pender Co. Board of Commissioners asks state for adjustments to vaccine distribution

Pender County ranks 98th out of 100 counties in total number of vaccinations per capita received since mid-December.

NC’s state superintendent to urge schools to reopen

North Carolina’s state superintendent said she and other state officials will stand with Gov. Roy Cooper to urge schools to reopen during a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

North Carolina administers more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses

North Carolina health leaders say the state has administered more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccine doses so far.