Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

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  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

  Appointments available for first-dose COVID-19 vaccinations this Sunday in Columbus County

Governor Cooper signs three bills into law that address educational challenges exacerbated by the pandemic

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

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  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

  CDC finds no reason for concern with Johnson & Johnson vaccine following limited reactions

4 taken to hospital after adverse reactions to J&J vaccine at PNC Arena clinic

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  PANDEMIC PRAYERS: Keeping the faith through a crisis

PANDEMIC PRAYERS: Keeping the faith through a crisis

Jacksonville mother passes COVID-19 antibodies to baby through breastmilk

Katy Robertson’s baby, Jameson is one year old, although he’s not eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine Robertson said an antibody test proves Jameson has protection from the virus.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

  Vaccine clinic planned for Carolina Beach Recreation Center

N.C. sees 2K+ increase daily COVID-19 cases update with 28.4% of adults fully vaccinated

  Burgaw medical practice trying to find arms for its vaccine supply

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Cooper: More than 5.2 million vaccinations have been administered in NC

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to hold a news briefing Tuesday, April 6.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

  Flags ordered to half-staff to honor Brunswick County deputy who died from COVID-19

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Deputy Brandon Gore with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office died from coronavirus early this weekend.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

  NHC Board of Commissioners approves framework for $45 million investment from American Rescue Plan

The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners approved a framework for how the $45 million investment expected from the American Rescue Plan will be spent at a meeting Monday night

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

Southport announces summer/fall reopening plan

As NC restrictions continue to ease andvaccinations increase, Mayor Hatem has established a strategy for continuedeconomic growth in Southport.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.

  New record for pandemic-era air travel set Friday

The Transportation Security Administration says they have screened more than 1.5 million people at airports on Friday.

  Couple married 72 years reunite after pandemic kept them apart

While the couple have had socially distant visits, but they weren’t nearly enough as the long-awaited real ones.

  Fully vaccinated people can travel safely again, CDC says

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the last required dose of vaccine.

  Johnson & Johnson expands vaccine trial to kids 12-17

Johnson & Johnson says it is enrolling teens in trials to test its vaccine on 12 to 17-year-olds.

  CDC releases guidance for Easter celebrations

The agency says if it’s been two weeks since your last vaccine dose, you can safely gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing a mask.

  FDA authorizes 2 changes to Moderna’s vaccine

The FDA has authorized two changes to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine that can provide extra doses from each vial.

  New Hanover County Diversity and Equity Officer answers vaccine questions from residents

New Hanover County's Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Linda Thompson has worked with local leaders to spread the word about vaccine safety.

  Company producing J&J vaccine had history of violations

Emergent BioSolutions, a little-known company vital to the vaccine supply chain, was a key to Johnson & Johnson’s plan to deliver 100 million doses of its vaccine to the United States by the end of May. But the Food and Drug Administration repeatedly has cited Emergent for problems.

  WHO: Europe’s vaccination program is “unacceptably slow”

Only 10% of Europe’s population has received one dose and that only 4% have been fully protected with two doses.

  US allows 2 more over-the-counter COVID-19 home tests

The home tests allow users to collect a sample themselves with a nasal swab that is then inserted into a test strip.

  Pfizer vaccine effective 6 months later, companies say

Their ongoing studies show the vaccine was 91.3% effective against COVID-19 from seven days through up to six months after the second dose.

We’re only doing half as much COVID-19 testing as we did in January. With the variants spreading, that’s a problem.

The state has processed about half as many tests in March as it did during January and the current seven-day average number of tests is also roughly half what it was at its peak two months ago, according to a analysis of the Department of Health and Human Services data.

Palin confirms COVID-19 diagnosis, urges steps like masks

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin says she tested positive for COVID-19 and is urging people to take steps to guard against the coronavirus, such as wearing masks in public.

  Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine batch fails quality check

A federal official said Wednesday evening the administration’s goal can be met without additional J&J doses.

North Carolina among 28 states with high case rates that are increasing

Warnings are coming out about COVID-19 as cases are trending upward again.

Amazon to bring workers back to offices by fall

Amazon was one of the first large companies to mostly shutter their main offices in the Seattle area during the first COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020.

NHC reports no increase in deaths from COVID-19 during the past week

No increase in the number of deaths from COVID-19 over the past week marks the first seven-day period since October 23, 2020, that no additional deaths from the virus were reported

  France to close schools, ban domestic travel as virus surges

In a televised address to the nation, French President Emmanuel Macron said efforts are needed as “the epidemic is accelerating.”

  Brunswick County Health Services opens COVID-19 vaccinations to Group 5

Brunswick County Health Services began scheduling vaccination appointments for people in Group 5 Wednesday March 31.

  Toddler bonds with sanitation workers during pandemic

Garbage trucks aren’t an uncommon sight. In fact, you usually see it outside your front door every week, but for two-year-old Ally Schultz, it’s something to look forward to.

  Restaurants struggle to find workers as pandemic eases

There are signs up at restaurants all around Wilmington advertising that they are hiring for all positions. Restaurant owners say business is picking up as COVID-19 numbers go down, but they are struggling to hire employees to handle the increased demand.

  COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

Overall, the year’s death rate was up nearly 16% compared to the previous year.

  EU says ‘no evidence’ to restrict use of AstraZeneca vaccine

The European Medicines Agency says there is “no evidence” that would support restricting the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine in any population despite reports of rare blood clots associated with the shot.

  Pfizer says its vaccine protects younger teens

Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech in the coming weeks plan to ask the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators to allow emergency use of the shots starting at age 12.

1 dose or 2? CDC vaccine study raises question about prioritizing single shots for more people

Because subjects in those studies were only followed for a few months — the recent CDC study lasted from mid-December to mid-March — it’s unknown if the vaccine’s effectiveness eventually will drop without that boost from the second dose.

Gov. Roy Cooper signs executive order to extend moratorium preventing N.C. evictions

The extension of North Carolina’s statewide residential eviction moratorium through June 30, 2021 coordinates with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s recent extension of the nationwide moratorium through the same date.

  Germany to restrict AstraZeneca use for people under 60 over clots

Authorities in Berlin and Munich are again suspending the use of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine for residents under age 60 due to new reports of unusual blood clots in people who recently received the shots, officials said Tuesday.

  More than a dozen states to open vaccines to all adults

More than a dozen states are set to open COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults this week.

  Canada pauses AstraZeneca vaccine for under 55

It remains a recommendation and it is up to each of Canada’s provinces to decide to follow it or not.

  Allergies or COVID-19? Doctor discusses the difference

How to tell the difference between seasonal allergies and COVID-19

  Staples, Office Depot will laminate your COVID-19 vaccination card for free

Vaccination cards can be laminated at stores nationwide.

  COVID vaccine found highly effective in real-world US study

The two vaccines available since December — Pfizer and Moderna — were 90% effective after two doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.

  London records zero daily deaths from COVID; England embarks on major easing of lockdown

Official data shows no register of deaths within 28 days of a positive coronavirus test in the region.

  WHO report: COVID likely first jumped into humans from animals

The report is based largely on a visit by a WHO team of international experts to Wuhan, the Chinese city where COVID-19 was first detected, from mid-January to mid-February.

  Virus fight stalls in early hot spots New York, New Jersey

The two states now rank No. 1 and 2 in new infections per capita among U.S. states.

  Plaintiff loses after lawyer refuses to wear mask in court

The woman's attorney said he could not breathe wearing the mask in the newly reopened court.

  Now vaccinated, older adults emerge from COVID hibernation

Spring has arrived with sunshine and warmer weather, and many older adults who have been vaccinated are emerging from COVID-19-imposed hibernation.