Coronavirus

  White House begins talks with lawmakers on COVID-19 relief

Top aides to President Joe Biden have begun talks with a group of moderate Senate Republicans and Democrats on Biden's proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package.

COVID-19 Tracker: Check out the latest on test results around the country

  US passes 25 million confirmed cases of COVID-19

  Biden to reinstate COVID travel rules, add South Africa

  Fauci says vaccine goal would cover 67 million

  New Zealand reports 1st community case of coronavirus in months

  Nurse battling COVID-19 may have contracted virus between vaccine doses

  NOW HIRING: Caregivers needed for seniors in our community

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  NCDHHS reports first case of COVID-19 variant in NC

  NHRMC vaccination center in full swing at Wilmington movie theater

  UK chief scientist says new virus variant may be more deadly

  Hospital official: Current trend ‘bodes well’ that post-holiday virus surge is waning, but precautions still critical

N.C. reports more than 6K new COVID-19 cases

Carnival Cruise Line cancels trips through April

Dave Chappelle tests positive for COVID-19; shows canceled

Dave Chappelle has tested positive for the coronavirus and his upcoming comedy shows have been canceled.

  Biden’s new mask mandate and you

In his first executive order, the president enacted the 100 Days Masking Challenge.

  UPDATE: Bladen County vaccine appointments are now full

Bladen Health and Human Services (HHS) agency did not say how many vaccines it had received but said that eligible people in priority Groups 1 and 2 may call the COVID HOTLINE

  “You can certainly get COVID- 19 on the day of your vaccination”: Doctors warn first vaccine does not protect you from the virus

Health experts warn first vaccine does not protect you from the virus. It's only after the second dose that the injections become 95% effective.

  Can COVID-19 vaccines be mixed and matched?

  Pender County opens dedicated phone line for COVID-19 vaccine inquiries

N.C. wasting some COVID doses, top health official says

  EU struggles, looks for answers to stop spread of new virus variants

  Eli Lilly: Drug can prevent COVID-19 illness in nursing homes

  Local transit agencies granted funding to help provide transportation to get COVID-19 vaccinations

  Cruise line requires passengers to get COVID vaccine

Saga Cruise Lines announced passengers must be fully vaccinated, meaning they've received both doses of the vaccine at least 14 days before their departure.

  US jobless claims decline to a still-high 900,000

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, lowering claims to 900,000, still a historically high level that points to further job cuts in a raging pandemic.

  Biden’s US revives support for WHO, reversing Trump retreat

Dr. Anthony Fauci’s quick commitment to the WHO — whose response to the pandemic has been criticized by many, but most vociferously by the Trump administration — marks a dramatic and vocal shift toward a more cooperative approach to fighting the pandemic.

  Schwarzenegger on COVID-19 vaccine: ‘Come with me if you want to live’

The actor and former California governor tweeted out a video of himself getting the shot.

  Holding hands, couple married 70 years dies from COVID-19 minutes apart

Three of the couple's children wanted to share their story to encourage others to take COVID-19 seriously and give the virus respect.

  Office of Diversity & Equity looks to reach, educate marginalized communities on COVID vaccine

Both state and local health officials have said they are committed to making sure no one gets left behind.

  NHRMC opens new location for vaccine distribution inside movie theater at The Pointe

NHRMC opens new location for vaccine distribution inside movie theater at The Pointe

  As virus surges, states reporting shortages of vaccine

The shortage of doses comes as the United States marks more than 400,000 deaths from the coronavirus.

  North Carolina prisons receive first vaccine allocation

Prisons received around 1,000 of the 1,300 vaccines allocated to the North Carolina prison system; the rest will arrive and be distributed within the next few days.

Brunswick County Schools purchases ionized air purification systems

The Brunswick County Board of Education approved the purchase of new ionized air purification systems for Brunswick County Schools during its meeting Wednesday.

UPDATE: NHRMC says appointments now full for COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccinations are open to healthcare workers and adults 65 and older.

  Woman pregnant with twins survives COVID-19 after 7 weeks in hospital, special therapy

The future mother underwent an intensive therapy called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, which is used for COVID-19 patients who are out of other options.

  Concerns grow amid rumors of UNCW students attending crowded party

The school’s COVID-19 dashboard shows 62 active cases, 52 of which are students who live off campus.

  ‘Shameful’: US virus deaths top 400K as Trump leaves office

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 400,000, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

  Novant Health announces new webpage for vaccine sign-ups in Brunswick County

Novant Health on Tuesday announced a new website where people who 65 years and older in Brunswick County can sign-up to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

  Panel: China, WHO should have acted quicker to stop COVID-19 pandemic

The panel concluded that "many countries took minimal action to prevent the spread (of COVID-19) internally and internationally." The pandemic has killed at least 2 million people worldwide so far.

  Boosting your body’s vaccine response: Stress doesn’t help

A new study suggests your mental and physical health can affect how your body reacts to the COVID vaccine.

  A new COVID-19 challenge: Mutations rise along with cases

The coronavirus is becoming more genetically diverse, and health officials say the high rate of new cases is the main reason.

How dangerous is it? Scientists study South African COVID-19 variant

A second wave of COVID-19 is devastating South Africa.

  New Hanover Co. Public Health announces COVID-19 vaccination appointments now full this week

New Hanover County Public Health announced Tuesday that it has received additional supply of the COVID-19 vaccine from the state, and 1,410 new vaccine appointments now are available to healthcare workers and individuals who are 65 and older.

  ‘We’re surviving’: Mother, daughter battle COVID-19 at same Calif. hospital

The two believe the mother came into contact with someone who had COVID-19 while working at Walgreens.

  Beloved priest at St. Therese Catholic Church dies after battle with COVID

Father Trent Watts, priest at St. Therese Catholic Church, dies after battle with COVID

  WHO chief lambasts vaccine profits, demands elderly go first

The World Health Organization chief on Monday lambasted drugmakers’ profits and vaccine inequalities, saying it’s “not right” that younger, healthier adults in wealthy countries get vaccinated against COVID-19 before older people or health care workers in poorer countries.

  Coronavirus deaths rising in 30 US states amid winter surge

Coronavirus deaths are rising in nearly two-thirds of American states as a winter surge pushes the overall toll toward 400,000 amid warnings that a new, highly contagious variant is taking hold.

  Brunswick County resident expresses frustration at vaccine rollout, encourages others to keep trying

Roughly a third of Brunswick County's population is currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

  ‘I had the feeling of impending doom’: COVID survivor urges plasma donation

Convalescent plasma, blood plasma taken from people who have recovered from COVID-19, has antibodies that can help those who are sick from the virus.

  UPDATE: Wilmington Health has filled all available appointments for current supply of vaccine

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

  Man allegedly hid 3 months at Chicago airport due to COVID-19

The man was “scared to go home due to COVID,” and told authorities that he’d found a badge and that other passengers at the airport had given him food.

  Mother dies from COVID-19 weeks after giving birth to 3rd child

Her widower says he’s going to do what he can to make sure all three girls grow up knowing their mom.

  Couple married 33 years dies from COVID-19 just 1 day apart

The couple had many plans for 2021, including getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Their friends hope their deaths serve as a stark message about the importance of the vaccine.

  Health officials ask for patience as Novant, Brunswick work to ramp up vaccine effort

The hospital says it is ready, but what's next depends on how many doses are on their way.

New Hanover County expecting 3,900 more vaccines next week

Upon receipt of the vaccine, the county will transfer some of the shipment to local healthcare partners and will open up appointments for adults over 65 in addition to healthcare workers

  Anger in states over pace of COVID-19 vaccine allotments

The developments threatened to escalate tensions between the Trump administration and some states over who is responsible for the relatively slow start to the vaccination campaign.

  Global death toll from COVID-19 tops 2 million amid vaccine rollout

The milestone was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

  Biden taps former FDA chief Kessler to lead vaccine science

He has been acting as a top pandemic adviser to Biden and his appointment was announced Friday by the presidential transition office.

COVID-19 infected lungs damaged more than smoker’s lung, doctor says

A trauma surgeon on the front lines of COVID-19 is finding lungs infected with the virus are more damaged than a smoker’s lung...even for asymptomatic cases.

  Biden unveils $1.9T plan to stem virus and steady economy

The Biden plan comes as a divided nation remains caught in the grip of the pandemic’s most dangerous wave yet. So far, more than 380,000 Americans have died.

  Expanded vaccine rollout in US spawns a new set of problems

Up until the past few days, health care workers and nursing home patients had largely been given priority in most places around the U.S.

Pender County Health Department adjusts vaccination priorities in line with state guidelines

Officials with Pender County Health Department announced updated vaccine prioritization guidelines Thursday to include residents age 65 years and older

  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.

  No evidence of child abuse surge amid pandemic, HHS leaders say

Calls to hotlines reporting suspected abuse are down compared to 2019, while calls to support centers from hard-up families seeking assistance have increased.

  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

North Carolinians 65 and older will soon be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Roy Cooper said Thursday morning.

Post Malone donates 10,000 Crocs to frontline workers

The new Crocs were released last month. They sold out in less than an hour.

  NCDHHS preparing for “large-scale” vaccine events across the state

Officials with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services says they’re working with health systems, local health departments, and community health centers across the state to host large community vaccine events for people currently eligible to be vaccinated.

  Host of problems slows the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in NC

North Carolina has struggled to match other states in getting the COVID-19 vaccine into arms.

Pope Francis gets first dose of COVID vaccine

Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI receive their first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in the Vatican.

  US unemployment claims jump to 965,000 as virus takes toll

The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck.

  WHO team arrives in Wuhan to investigate coronavirus pandemic origins

Scientists suspect the virus that has killed 1.9 million people since late 2019 jumped to humans from bats or other animals.

  EXPLAINER: What is WHO team in Wuhan looking for?

The WHO team of international researchers that arrived in the central Chinese city of Wuhan on Thursday hopes to find clues to the origin of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Firefighters raise money for elderly woman who lost son’s ashes in house fire

The 76-year-old woman had a tough 2020. Her son died from COVID-19, and she lost two houses, one due to money problems and the other to fire.

  COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson successful in early trials

Johnson & Johnson is contracted to deliver 100 million vaccine doses to the U.S. government if it wins approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

  US COVID-19 deaths hit another one-day high at over 4,300

With the country simultaneously facing a political crisis and on edge over threats of more violence from far-right extremists, the U.S. recorded 4,327 deaths on Tuesday by Johns Hopkins’ count.

  IRS gets more COVID-19 relief payments out after delays

A number of people who filed their taxes with an online preparation service initially found that their economic impact payment did not make it to them directly. The IRS and tax preparation service companies say they've been working diligently to resolve the issue.

  Vaccine time: How to overcome your fear of needles

Getting a COVID-19 vaccination is one of the best ways to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus, but for millions of Americans, a fear of needles may make the decision to get the vaccine even harder.

  Study: In pandemic era, older adults isolated but resilient

When it comes to mental and emotional health, older adults in the United States are showing resilience and persevering despite struggles with loneliness and isolation.

‘I thought I had a lifetime’: Wife watches husband’s decline from COVID-19 via FaceTime

Doctors say the husband and father of three will need a lung transplant to live, but he needs to be more stable for surgery.

Veterans, friends of more than 70 years vaccinated for COVID-19 together

The two friends are staying connected despite the COVID-19 pandemic, going together to get their first doses of the vaccine at a Veterans Affairs medical facility.