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North Carolina officials say all health care workers and residents 65 and older can start getting vaccinated for COVID-19 under the state's revamped vaccine plan.

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Buncombe County administered its first COVID-19 vaccines Monday under Phase 1B, where anyone over the age of 75 is eligible to receive one. Prior to this, healthcare workers, first responders, and congregate living facility residents received the vaccine. 

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week of Jan. 11

Jan 11, 2021
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Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here.

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North Carolina health officials said on Monday that they are watching for new strains of the coronavirus in the state. One variant of the virus first spotted in the United Kingdom appears to be more contagious than previous versions, though there is no evidence that it causes more severe illness or is more deadly, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Jan. 4

Jan 4, 2021
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Looking for information about where to get vaccinated near you?  North Carolina Health News has a comprehensive listing of county vaccines sites, which will be updated often. Find it here

(1/10 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 623,188 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 8,833 from the day before.  3,774 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 97 from the day before.  7,567 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 142 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 31,673 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 485 deaths, an increase of 564 cases and 12 deaths from the day before.  

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Dec. 28

Dec 28, 2020
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(1/3 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 564,924 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 6,487 from the day before.  3,576 people are currently hospitalized (a new high), an increase of 97 from the day before.  6,910 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 18 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 28,178 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 436 deaths, an increase of 348 cases and 1 death from the day before.

Buncombe County will lower capacity limits for indoor dining and gatherings at the beginning of January, as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in the county at greater levels.

More than 24,000 health care workers have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in North Carolina, but state officials on Tuesday urged people to practice safety over the holidays as the number of infections mounts.

Vaccinations are rolling out across Western North Carolina. Mission Health is the latest to start  administering the COVID vaccine to at risk health care workers.  The system received just under 3,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine.  Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville started giving the shots on Tuesday (12/15)and  Cherokee Indian Hospital – on Wednesday.   The shots arrived as the state continued to see record case numbers and hospitalizations. BPR’s Helen Chickering checks in on the metrics and vaccines with North Carolina with NC Health News editor Rose Hoban. 

WNC COVID-19 Updates: Week Of Dec. 21

Dec 21, 2020
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(12/27 12:15 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 516,828 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 2,898 from the day before.  3,123 people are currently hospitalized (a new high), an increase of 100 from the day before.  6,549 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 23 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 25,402 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 407 deaths, an increase of 155 cases and 0 deaths from the day before.

(12/26 12:15 p.m.) ***Note: North Carolina did not provide daily updates on 12/24 & 12/25*** North Carolina has reported 513,930 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 19,419 from Wednesday.  3,023 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 20 from Wednesday.  6,526 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 166 from Wednesday.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 25,247 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 407 deaths, an increase of 1,387 cases and 6 deaths from Wednesday.

WNC COVID-19 Updates Week Of Dec. 14

Dec 14, 2020
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(12/20 12:30 p.m.) North Carolina has reported 479,168 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 6,900 from the day before.  2,748 people are currently hospitalized, a decrease of 98 from the day before.  6,224 have died from COVID-19 in the state, an increase of 40 from the day before.  In the 13 North Carolina counties in Blue Ridge Public Radio's listening area, there are 22,861 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with 397 deaths, an increase of 461 cases and 3 deaths from the day before.

Three WNC hospitals are on the list to receive the first COVID-19 vaccine shipments.  Earlier this week, North Carolina health officials announced that Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville would be among the 11 “early ship sites” that would hold the vaccine in cold storage during the approval process, which is expected to continue this weekend with the meeting of the Center for Disease Control’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.  

North Carolina broke another coronavirus daily case record on Sunday,  as more people get tested before Thanksgiving.    Gov. Roy Cooper will hold a coronavirus task force press briefing Monday afternoon.(11/23).  BPR’s Helen Chickering checks in with North Carolina Health News editor Rose Hoban about the metrics, concerns about hospital staffing and a look at how some nursing homes in North Carolina are keeping the virus at bay.

 North Carolina coronavirus cases dipped a bit on Monday after a week of steady increases including a record high of more than 3,000 on Friday.  Hospitalizations also hit a new high last week.  BPR’s Helen Chickering checks in with NC Health News Editor Rose Hoban  - with a close look at questions around one of the most common COVID tests. 

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North Carolina will remain in Phase 3 of coronavirus restrictions for at least three more weeks, and limitations on indoor gatherings will be lowered to 10 people from 25 as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the state, Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday.

Other Phase 3 restrictions – such as restaurants remaining at 50% capacity and limiting large stadium gatherings to 7% of capacity – will remain in place.

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North Carolina coronavirus cases dipped a bit on Monday after a week of steady increases including a record high of more than 2,900 on Friday.  State officials say they’re watching the trends closely  as we head into the holidays.   BPR’s Helen Chickering checks in with  NC Health News Editor Rose Hoban the risk that comes with being cooped up during cooler weather and a look at some new health trends emerging from the pandemic.  

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North Carolina will stay in its current level of COVID-19 safety restrictions until at least Nov. 13. Gov. Roy Cooper announced the extension of Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan Wednesday, citing a rise in coronavirus infections.

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Coronavirus cases are rising in North Carolina with the state adding more than 2,000 new COVID-19 cases daily  since Thursday (10/18).  BPR’s Helen Chickering checks in with  NC Health News Editor Rose Hoban about the case surge and the newly released NC Health News Voter Guide on Health.

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The number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina is now over 231,000 with 1,719 new cases reported on Sunday.  Hospitalizations remain over 1,000 as health officials keep a close eye on trends, amid a week that saw the third-highest jump in cases since start of the coronavirus pandemic.

This comes as President Trump prepares to return to the campaign trail after recovering from COVID-19.  The virus is also complicating the voting process for some North Carolinians.   Just a few of the topics BPR’s  Helen Chickering unpacked with NC Health News founding editor Rose Hoban and this week.

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Every Friday,  BPR's Helen Chickering talks with NC Health News founding editor Rose Hoban.  This week, on the heels of the president’s COVID-19 diagnosis,  they take a brief look back in history at other presidents who have fallen ill while in office, and forward as North Carolina moves forward into Phase-3 of the governor’s coronavirus reopening plan.

WNC COVID-19 Phase 3 Updates

Oct 4, 2020

Every Friday,  BPR's Helen Chickering talks with NC Health News founding editor Rose Hoban.  This week they discuss the latest COVID-19 metrics,  what might be on the list as the governor lifts more restrictions in his coronavirus reopening plans and a newly released federal report that spotlights deficiencies in nursing homes across the state, which have been coronavirus hot-spots.

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Every Friday,  BPR's Helen Chickering talks with NC Health News founding editor Rose Hoban.  This week they discuss White House Coronavirus Task Force visit to North Carolina as the state’s COVID rate “simmers”, the continued rise in cases among inmates, and the criticism that the state has not done enough to help release more eligible people from prison early to help reduce the spread of the virus.  

Every Friday,  BPR's Helen Chickering talks with NC Health News founding editor Rose Hoban.  This week they discuss North Carolina’s move to Phase 2.5 of the governor’s reopening plan, what happened behind the scenes as lawmakers hammered out the remainder of the federal coronavirus relief package, and why some researchers are revisiting the question about conducting research in prisons.  

WNC COVID-19 'Phase 2.5' Updates

Sep 5, 2020

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Every Friday,  BPR's Helen Chickering talks with NC Health News founding editor Rose Hoban.  This week they discuss the quick- switch to all online-learning by two universities in the UNC system, the complicated challenge of communicating public health messages during a pandemic along with a check-in with primary care practices. 

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Monday is the first day of school for many students across North Carolina.  Some will actually be in class, though most will not.  One district that is having limited in-person classes is Buncombe County.  After attending a short in-person orientation over the next two weeks, all students will learn remotely for at least the following five weeks. That presents an assortment of challenges for teachers, especially those dealing with first-time students.

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Every Friday,  BPR's Helen Chickering talks with NC Health News founding editor Rose Hoban.  This week (after a week off) they discuss the seemingly stabilizing coronavirus trends as NC college students return to campus and public schools begin to open, the testing numbers error that shines a light on outdated data collection methods and  the coronavirus budget breakdown that included a “what if we had expanded Medicaid” moment.

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As some schools welcome students back during the pandemic, it’s likely that the  only healthcare provider on campus- will be the school nurse. And in North Carolina more than half serve more than one school.

School Systems In WNC: How Will They Reopen?

Jul 29, 2020
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Plan B, Plan C, or something in between?  Check out what each public school district in Western North Carolina decided on for the start of the school year.

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