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.
For North Carolinians to have affordable access to readily available mental health services, health leaders say a cascade of changes need to take place from Medicaid expansion to higher reimbursement rates for providers.
Rising mental health-related emergency room visits, more involuntary commitments and longer wait times for psychiatric hospital beds are symptoms of much larger problems within the state’s mental health system, health experts say.
Since 2004, Vecinos, a community health organization in western NC, has served Latino farmworkers. A new multi-million dollar project and partnership with other organizations will mean all low-income Latinos in the region will soon have easier access to care.
Long-term care experts who created a national report say consumers need full information about nursing homes, how they treat residents, how they make money and how they are regulated by state and federal authorities.
An Office of Inspector General report concluded the two agencies could have done more to protect meatpackers from contracting Covid-19. The industry was among the hardest-hit sectors in the early months of the pandemic.
Medical equipment reuse programs collect, clean, and lend devices — often at no cost to the borrower. Such programs save low-income and uninsured patients money, and by refurbishing used medical equipment, they keep it out of landfills.
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.