At-home coronavirus tests remain effective at detecting new variants of the virus, Duke medical experts said on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
NC COVID Update Brings Bad News, Good News and Uncertainty

Cases are spiking and new variants are coming, but so are new boosters which remain ‘highly effective,’ Duke medical experts said this week. 

President Joe Biden works in isolation on the Truman Balcony of the White House after testing positive for COVID the first time. (Adam Schultz/The White House via AP)
After President Biden Tests Positive Again for COVID, Let’s Talk About Paxlovid ‘Rebound’ Cases

A UNC Health doctor explains how the antiviral Paxlovid could produce so-called rebounds. But the drug is still worth taking for many people.

Tests for COVID from the federal government get sent right to your home, shortly after you sign up.
Hey NC: Don’t Forget to Order Your Second Batch of Free COVID Tests

Every household can get two sets of at-home tests mailed to them, free of charge. Don’t forget to get yours! 

ICU nurse Melinda Hunt, facing, hugs the sister of a COVID-19 patient who she had been caring for after the patient died in 2021 in Shreveport, La. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
People in Poorer Counties Are Twice as Likely to Die of COVID, Report Finds

The report, its researchers say, is the first to study the link between poverty and pandemic death rates.

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COVID’s Collateral Damage: The Pandemic Has Cost Us More Than We Know

The COVID-19 crisis has also sent anxiety and depression rates soaring nationwide, increased deaths from opioids and alcoholism, and scarred a generation of children.

Nurses and healthcare workers from Mission Hospital in Asheville hold a rally in February calling for better COVID measures. (Photo courtesy of National Nurses United.)
NC Fines Asheville Hospital $30,000 After Nurses Complain of COVID Risks

An Asheville hospital that failed to ensure its nurses were properly protected against COVID and that waited more than a week to report a COVID death among its staff has been fined nearly $30,000, the North Carolina Department of Labor said this week.

President Joe Biden shakes hands with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi of Calif., after delivering his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington as Vice President Kamala Harris applauds. (Shawn Thew/Pool via AP)
The Battles At Home and Abroad: 5 Takeaways from Biden’s First State of the Union

The nation faces the most tumultuous times since World War II. Here’s what the president had to say about meeting the challenge.