COVID-19 updates: What’s happening in North Carolina?
Since the new strain of coronavirus was first reported out of Wuhan, China NC Health News reporters have kept our ears open for news of COVID-19 (the official moniker for coronavirus disease 2019). The disease is a novel version of a coronavirus, other examples include SARS, MERS and the common cold. We’ll update this page with each of our stories on the coronavirus pandemic as we publish them. We’re also keeping an eye on the most recent case tally in the state. Visit the timeline at the bottom of the page for more information.
Can you explain the difference between PCR testing and antigen testing? What day is best to test? What to assume when there are mixed results, ie at home negative, but on PCR positive or vice versa? And why might you get mixed results? All these questions and more were answered on the Jan. 2022 Health Care Half Hour!
A record 13.6 million Americans have signed up for health coverage for 2022 on the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, with nearly a month remaining to enroll in most states, the Biden administration announced Wednesday.
La COVID-19 ha sido especialmente devastadora para los trabajadores agrícolas migrantes, encima de otras disparidades de salud que ya enfrentaba la comunidad. Ahora un programa estatal intenta derribar una gran barrera que ya existía antes de la pandemia: la del acceso a Internet.
Doulas have been found to reduce negative outcomes at birth and increase satisfaction with birth, especially among parents of color. In North Carolina, they are helping their clients feel safer as COVID still looms large.
COVID-19 was especially devastating to migrant farmworkers, crowding out some of the other health disparities the community faces. Now, a state program tries to tackle one big barrier to care that predates the pandemic: internet
“Our vision is for us to have three times as many of our mental health support specialists to serve our district. We want to grow this. We want this to be desirable for qualified clinicians to reach out and say, ‘Hey, I want to come and I want to work here and I want to be part of this because it is amazing.’”
COVID will still dominate the news cycle, bringing with it implications for major institutions in our state. A new NC Health News environmental reporter will keep tabs on PFAS in our waterways. And as the Medicaid transformation rolls along, we will report on any bumps in the process.
People who spend time at North Carolina’s senior centers saw many of these favorite destinations closed by the pandemic. Now facilities like the Eastern Wake Senior Center are taking pains to draw patrons back with well-planned activities and strong anti-COVID precautions.
Incarcerated people on work release are deemed safe enough by the prison system to work in the outside world, but they still face the dangers of a COVID outbreak should they bring COVID back with them.
After shutting down during the pandemic, North Carolina’s senior centers are going through some self-examination. Leaders want to learn which of their COVID-fueled innovations will continue to work, and which other offerings need to change with the times.
During times of peak hospitalizations and deaths during the past pandemic year, there’s been a lot of coverage of how morticians were overloaded. But how did the pandemic affect religious communities that have specific rituals around preparing bodies for burial?
The budget includes funding to divert mental health patients from emergency rooms, adds slots for enhanced services for people with disabilities plus several smaller allocations to treat opioid addiction.
COVID-19 vaccinations cause the body to generate antibodies to fight the disease, but antibody tests to determine whether someone has immunity against the virus do not provide the answers many patients are seeking.
A September survey by the North Carolina Nurses Association found that, among more than 450 respondents, the majority reported feeling additional stress and burnout due to the pandemic and nursing shortage. Around 58 percent of respondents reported experiencing shortages in their workplace.
Nursing homes that fail to provide adequate care over extended periods can be named a “special focus” facility by regulators. That can mean more frequent inspections, penalties of escalating size, and the possibility of losing Medicare and Medicaid funding.
Advocates are hoping a provision that extends Medicaid benefits for pregnant people to one year will make it in the finalized budget, especially since those benefits are currently extended due to the pandemic emergency order.
The legislature plans to spend $1.58 billion of American Rescue Plan money on water and sewer improvements, but only 14 of 115 communities designated as distressed would get funding earmarks under state House and Senate budget proposals.
Fueled by desperation, an exhausted staff and her upcoming retirement, Anderson has emerged among the state’s health care leaders as a Facebook-posting, say-it-how-it-is advocate for COVID vaccines and a fighter against misinformation, conspiracy theories and political divides.
Preguntas sobre cómo hacerse un test, cuánto tiempo los niños deben dejar de ir de la escuela y cuáles son las reglas a seguir resulta confuso para personas con buen acceso a la información. Para padres latinos y otros inmigrantes es aún más difícil.
Students ages 12 and up can get the Pfizer vaccine, but as of July 21, only 24% of North Carolinians aged 12-17 were fully vaccinated, according to state Secretary of Health and Human Services Mandy Cohen. By Aug. 16, that number has edged up to 29.3%.