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Camino Health wants to know: who are North Carolina’s Latinos?

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven Between 1990 and 2020, North Carolina’s Latino population ballooned:  from 75,000 residents to more than 1 million, an increase of nearly 1,400 percent. The community is diverse; about 61 percent were born in the U.S., while the remaining 39 percent are immigrants, about half from Mexico, and another quarter from El Salvador,…

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Coronavirus Today – Jan 4 Omicron records; COVID testing woes; Requiring boosters for some state employees

By Anne Blythe As public health officials predicted in late December, North Carolina is seeing the Omicron variant of COVID-19 bring record-high cases counts and putting strains on systems across the state. Finding COVID-19 tests has become difficult again. Rapid tests are in short supply. Many testing sites have long lines and time-consuming waits. On…

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Faith, medicine and COVID-19: Why do religious vaccine exemptions exist?

By Lauren Chapman Side Effects Public Media Many employees are turning to religious exemptions as vaccine mandates become more common in workplaces. Exemptions are federally protected under the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But what is the history of these exemptions and what are the consequences?  Imam Ahmed Alamine frequently speaks to his mosque in…

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More states to provide free home COVID test kits

By Michael Ollove Stateline New Jersey announced this month that it is joining New Hampshire and Washington state in sending free COVID-19 testing kits to the homes of residents who request them. New Hampshire made rapid tests available late last month, while Washington state began offering them to residents of nine counties starting in mid-November.…