COVID-19

As Covid-19 metrics show improvement, officials continue to evaluate need for mask mandate

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — Six weeks since surging coronavirus spread prompted the New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board to formalize an indoor mask mandate of indefinite length, the data surrounding Covid-19 transmission has taken a positive turn.  Despite improvements in key metrics, like hospitalizations and the positivity rate of Covid-19 tests, numbers are still […]

Tri-county schools check-in: NHCS reports 46 Covid-19 cases, another record-low week this school year

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — New Hanover County Schools is reporting 46 Covid-19 cases for the past week. It’s another record low week for Covid-19 this school year, down from 72 cases last week, according to the district’s online dashboard. Twenty-three quarantines were assigned. (NHCS’ case counts are not entered in real-time. The dashboard is updated once […]

‘No one is applying’: Pandemic further weakens fragile yet imperative childcare system

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– The pandemic inflamed pre-existing wounds in the childcare industry nationwide, with a palpable effect on parents, workers, and business owners.  Problems were always there, but the past year elevated issues to a crisis level, worthy of examination and even systemwide reimagination.  CATCH UP ON PART ONE: Nearly 750 children on waitlist for […]

Tri-county schools check-in: NHCS reporting lowest Covid-19 case count so far this school year

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — New Hanover County Schools is reporting one of its lowest weeks for Covid-19 cases this school year. Seventy-two positive test results were reported for the past week of Sept. 27. Plus, 61 quarantines were assigned, according to the district’s online dashboard. (NHCS’ numbers are not entered in real-time, meaning some data may […]

New Hanover County opening Covid-19 booster appointments at two clinics

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– Appointments are opening at two New Hanover County clinics Wednesday for people at high risk for Covid-19 to receive the ​​Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine booster. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized and the Centers for Disease Control has recommended the third dose for certain individuals who already received two Pfizer doses […]

Has New Hanover County peaked in the latest Covid-19 surge? Is another wave inevitable?

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — It’s a conversation that keeps trending nationwide: Has the latest wave of Covid-19 peaked? Will we head into another surge as cooler months approach and more people gather indoors? As of Sept. 17, a spokesperson for public health wasn’t putting New Hanover County quite in the clear, telling Port City Daily it […]

Tri-county schools check-in: New Hanover, Pender almost at 100 Covid-19 cases, Brunswick tracks over 150

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — New Hanover County Schools reported 94 cases of Covid-19 for the week of Sept. 20. Plus, 104 quarantines were documented on the NHCS public online dashboard. (NHCS’ numbers are not entered in real-time, meaning some data may be delayed. The dashboard is updated once a week on Friday and some current cases […]

Prison guidelines changing to allow for post-sentencing transfer of offenders out of Covid-19 hot spot jails

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The state agency in charge of prisons and the North Carolina Sheriff’s Association are in talks on a policy that would allow county jails facing high levels of Covid-19 spread to transfer sentenced inmates to the N.C. Division of Prisons.  Currently, the state prison system does not accept offenders from jails that are on “red […]

For Covid-19 reasons, UNCW professors can move their classes online in 15-day increments

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WILMINGTON — The fall semester at UNCW started just over a month ago, and after the second week of classes in August saw more than 400 cases of Covid-19 confirmed, daily case counts are now low and the percentage of rapid tests coming back positive is miniscule, about 1%.  The precautions still continue: Unvaccinated students, faculty […]

After a mandatory start, Pender County Schools makes masks optional

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PENDER COUNTY –– Pender County Schools will no longer enforce masks in its 18 schools starting Monday, Oct. 4. Board of education vice chair Brad George made the motion in a meeting Tuesday morning. It was seconded by member Ken Smith and passed unanimously. North Carolina school boards are required to review and vote on […]