Coronavirus


The grueling COVID-19 pandemic changed the way Charlotte artist Rosalia Torres Weiner created her annual Dia De Los Muertos altar, or "ofrenda," which will be debuted this weekend in Charlotte. Here, Torres Weiner shows off her work in 2017 at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington D.C. (Photo by Sergio Ochoa courtesy of Torres Weiner)
An ‘Ofrenda’ for Healing: How the Pandemic Changed One NC Artist’s Dia De Los Muertos Altar

"It’s been really hard for people to lose loved ones. We need the little somethings that bring us together and art does that.”

Pediatricians saw a drop in childhood vaccinations in 2020. Photo illustration via Getty Images.
How COVID Fears Are Disrupting NC Children’s Routine Vaccinations

North Carolina saw immunizations for children plunge in 2020. It got better in 2021, but many NC babies and toddlers went without potentially life-saving vaccines.  

Despite having asthma, Micah McClain was among the estimated 11% of Mecklenburg County residents that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers vaccine hesitant. Since contracting the virus and developing blood clots in his lungs, he wishes he would have followed experts' advice. 'If getting vaccinated would have prevented me from going to the hospital and dealing with what I had to deal with, I would have gotten vaccinated.'
I Said They’d Have to Vaccinate Me at Gunpoint. Then I Contracted Delta.

An estimated 11% of Mecklenburg County adults are vaccine hesitant. Micah McClain was among them until contracting COVID. He has a message for others.

It's been a long decade for public education in North Carolina. (Image via Shutterstock)
A Judge Told NC’s Legislature to Fix Huge School Funding Inequalities. They’re Just Not Doing It.

The courts excoriated the state 24 years ago because rural schools aren’t funded like urban schools. The legislature is out of time to make it right. 

(Image via AP Photo/John Locher)
Union County’s School Board Is Unfit for Office

By abandoning quarantine and contact tracing, Union County school leaders have put their children and staff in an impossible situation.

At work in DC in December 2001, Eva Clayton was a trailblazing former congresswoman from North Carolina. She was also a longtime local leader in Warren County, NC. (Getty Images)
Trailblazing US Rep. Eva Clayton: The Virus is Winning the Race in Rural North Carolina

The low vaccination numbers and lack of health care access make for a deadly combo in rural places.

Chris Rutledge, a nurse for Samaritan’s Purse, eats lunch in January 2021 during the only short break of her 12-hour shift inside the COVID-19 field hospital in Lenoir, N.C. (AP Photo/Sarah Blake Morgan)
Mobile Morgues and Desperation: Inside North Carolina’s Least Vaccinated County

A hospital leader in Robeson County tells C&P why she’s exhausted, mad, and scared for her community right now.