Healthcare

FDA suggests Covid booster for immunocompromised individuals

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended its emergency-use authorization on Thursday to allow booster shots of the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines for those who are immunocompromised and at greater risk of severe aftereffects if infected with the virus. The decision comes as the delta variant has caused a resurgence in cases comparable to […]

Brunswick School board mandates masks, decision to be revisited monthly

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY –– Brunswick County Schools will require masks for all K-12 students at the onset of the quickly approaching academic year.  The school board voted 4-1 Monday evening on the mask mandate, siding with the advice of the Brunswick County health department, which leaned on recent state health guidance. Superintendent Jerry Oates supported the decision […]

Local reps among group asking hospital execs to reverse mandatory vaccinations

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– Rep. Charlie Miller (R-Brunswick/New Hanover) and Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) are among 55 House Republicans who signed a letter addressed to hospital executives, asking them to reconsider mandatory vaccinations for employees. The Thursday letter is addressed to the CEOs of a network of health providers in N.C., including Novant Health, which issued […]

County health board recommends mandatory vaccinations for employees, decision anticipated next week

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– New Hanover County’s Health and Human Services board voted 10-1 earlier this week to recommend county management require more than 1,700 employees get vaccinated for Covid-19.  Following Monday’s meeting the advisory board advanced its recommendation to the county manager; the county’s leadership team is currently reviewing the proposal. If the management team […]

NHCS board votes to mandate masks, says it will keep students in school and out of quarantine

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– The New Hanover County Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday night to start the new school year with a mask requirement for grades K-12. The officials concluded it was their best bet to keep students in the classroom as much as possible this year, considering the state does not require masked […]

Mask clash: Anti-maskers crash pro-mask news conference, leading to more contention

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY –– It was the clash of the pro- and anti-maskers outside the New Hanover County Board of Education building Monday evening, after a group of protesters opposed to face-covering requirements crashed a press conference in support of the Covid-19 precaution in schools. The board of education is expected to vote Tuesday evening […]

After Pender schools’ mask-optional rule, Brunswick schools looks for feedback

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– Governor Roy Cooper’s decision to allow the state’s last remaining mask mandate to expire at the end of the month has placed local school districts in tricky territory: It gives them much sought-after local control but also removes a boogeyman, putting more pressure on local decisions that can impact public health.  In […]

Vaccinations mandatory at Novant Health, currently with a 67% inoculation rate

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SOUTHEASTERN N.C. –– Employees of the Novant Health system, including the recently acquired New Hanover Regional Medical Center, will be required to get vaccinated to fight the spread of Covid-19. The system informed team members Thursday morning of the new policy, which comes with an inoculation deadline of Sept. 15. Should an employee not comply, […]

Backed by local Republicans, medical weed bill notches another victory

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Proposed legislation to legalize medical cannabis in North Carolina moved successfully through its second committee vote in the N.C. Senate Wednesday. The bill must clear an additional two Senate committees before moving to a floor vote in the chamber.  The N.C. Compassionate Care Act has marched forward this legislative session, propelled by bipartisan support — […]

Strides in Stroke Care [Free read]

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When someone who may be having a stroke is brought by EMS to New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a specialized medical team meets the patient at the door and immediately starts to evaluate their symptoms and make decisions about the next steps of care. That process, triggered by what’s called a Code Stroke, was launched […]
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