Stories tagged: "COVID"

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.

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.

Healthcare workers process COVID1-9 rapid antigen tests at a testing site Thursday. Last week North Carolina broke single-day records for COVID-19 cases three days running, according to the NC Department of Health and Human Services, topping out at 19,620. Friday, the state reported 28,474 new cases. (Jae C. Hong/AP Photo)
Latest Omicron News Is Giving North Carolina Deja Vu

North Carolina is seeing a huge spike of Omicron variant infections, risking staffing shortages at hospitals and schools.

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The CDC Approved COVID Vaccine Boosters. Here’s How to Get One in NC.

NC officials are preparing to roll out vaccine boosters in the state, now that the CDC has approved the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson versions for fully vaccinated people.

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.

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NC’s Black Communities Are Under-Vaccinated. That Makes Delta a Big Threat.

Black North Carolinians account for less than 20% of the vaccinated population. The unvaccinated are at risk from this new, aggressive, fast-spreading strain.

A vaccination clinic in Wake County this week (Pool photo by Robert Willett/News & Observer)
Masks Can Come Off in Most Places in NC, Gov. Cooper Announces

Gov. Roy Cooper rolled back many of the pandemic restrictions, while calling on unvaccinated people to wear masks until they get their shots.