An image of the coronavirus, the virus responsible for the coronavirus pandemic, a virus that has many points protruding out of it. The virus has disproportionally affected African Americans. This is also used in stories about coronavirus in North Carolina
The World Health Organization declared a coronavirus pandemic on March 11. Source: CDC

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.

Health Care Half Hour: COVID testing in the Omicron era

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!

NC Health News gets a new look

The new website will give readers better access to our 12 areas of health coverage and 10-year archive of local health news.

COVID-19 Q&A – Your questions answered

Want to ask a question about the novel coronavirus? Leave us a message here.