COVID-19

Federal unemployment benefits sunset in North Carolina, unemployment falls to 4.4%

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After 18 months of funneling more than $10 billion into North Carolina throughout the pandemic, additional federal unemployment benefits sunset in the Tar Heel State Saturday, Sept. 4. The expiration of the programs include: Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), which adds $300 to statewide unemployment benefits for individuals laid off from Covid-19 Pandemic Emergency Unemployment […]

Mask mandate affirmed at boisterous hearing, pitting riled up crowd against health officials

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — The New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board faced heckling and disorder at its meeting Tuesday, in which health officials ushered in a new indoor mask requirement.   The board had previously voted in favor of requiring masks indoors Aug. 17. Since health rules require a 10-day public comment window before […]

Cameron Art Museum to require visitors prove vaccination or negative Covid test

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WILMINGTON  — A local museum is one of the first in the county to require visitors prove they’re vaccinated or show a clean bill of health against the Covid-19 virus in order to enter. Effective Sept. 7, Cameron Art Museum will mandate its visitors, 12 years and older, to provide either a vaccination card that […]

Rise in Covid-19 cases prompts UNCW to cancel events, pause residence hall visits

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WILMINGTON — Six days into a new school year, Chancellor Jose Sartarelli addressed UNCW’s student body Tuesday in a letter about the rise in Covid-19 cases. The letter comes after a cluster on campus was announced in Sandpiper Residence Hall on Monday. As part of the 2021-22 school year, UNCW students are required to provide […]

Pender County Schools reverses course, masks now mandatory

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PENDER COUNTY –– Two days before the first day of school, the Pender County Board of Education voted 3-1 to implement a mask mandate at an emergency-called meeting held Saturday morning. The decision reverses the board’s previous policy, set July 23, to give families the choice for students to wear masks in school. RELATED: More than […]
Pender County Schools Superintendent Steven Hill looks on as Chairman Don Hall speaks during a Board of Education meeting earlier this summer. (Port City Daily photo/Mark Darrough)

More than 20% of year-round, mask-optional Pender K-5 school quarantined; PCS calls emergency meeting

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PENDER COUNTY –– More than 20% of the Penderlea Elementary School population is currently in quarantine, just weeks into the district’s mask-optional policy.  In the wake of the potential operational disruption, the school board has called an emergency meeting for 8 a.m. Saturday (emergency meetings require 24-hour notice).  RELATED: Deputies served Brunswick charter schools to force […]

Covid-19 booster rollout for all Americans will begin late September

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After the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended a third Covid-19 shot for immunocompromised individuals last week — to affect around 2.7 million people — a collection of federal health departments and the Biden administration are now preparing for the rollout of booster shots for all vaccinated Americans beginning Sept. 20. The Wednesday announcement comes as the […]

Masks are back: New Hanover mandates face-coverings indoors, goes into effect Friday

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY — As of Friday, Aug. 20, 5 p.m., all individuals in New Hanover County will be required to wear face coverings indoors as Covid-19 cases continue to surge countywide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New Hanover County ranks 11.46% in positive cases — health officials hope to remain 5% […]

Pregnant, breastfeeding women cleared to get vaccine; Covid heightens adverse outcomes for infants and mothers

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance for pregnant and breastfeeding women Wednesday, strongly encouraging them to get vaccinated against Covid-19.  The guidance comes on the heels of a CDC analysis of existing safety data, finding no increased risk of adverse birth outcomes after women received at least one dose of the […]

Another Covid surge is here. This time hospital patients are younger and sicker

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– Covid-19 is once again threatening to overwhelm New Hanover Regional Medical Center in this most recent surge of the virus, fueled by the delta variant and exacerbated by full-fledged reopenings and lifted mask mandates. Patients as young as in their 40s are succumbing to Covid, after New Hanover County went several […]