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  North Carolina to offer COVID-19 vaccine to people 65 and older, despite demand outweighing supply

  ‘Your state needs you’: DHEC calls on healthcare workers to help vaccinate

  N.C. partners with Charlotte-area businesses to give first dose of COVID-19 vaccine to 1 million people by July 4

Mecklenburg Co. COVID-19 vaccination appointments booked until end of January

  DHEC shifts from containment to mitigation efforts as COVID-19 cases in S.C. hit ‘record levels’

  Mecklenburg Co. closes some Parks and Rec services for next 3 weeks

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NCDHHS partnering with local health officials for large-scale vaccination events

  Host of problems slows the rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in NC

  ‘This is something that should be bipartisan’: Nurse speaks to WBTV while receiving first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

  SC begins vaccinating people 70+, advisory committee says no to prioritizing teachers in next phase

Iredell Health System vaccinates more than 2,600, more planned in coming weeks

N.C. breaks record for COVID-related hospitalizations, nearly doubles new cases

Mecklenburg County reports youngest COVID-19 death

A 22-year-old died of COVID-19 in the Mecklenburg County area, health leaders announced Wednesday morning, becoming the county’s youngest virus death.

‘Your state urgently needs you’: DHEC announces immediate openings to help support COVID-19 vaccination

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control is calling on qualified individuals to help support COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the state.

  Meck Public Health director asks residents to stay home as much as possible for next 3 weeks

Mecklenburg County’s Public Health director has issued a directive asking residents to stay home as much as possible for the next three weeks as the fight continues against COVID-19.

  ‘Your Spot, Your Shot’: NC health officials share new video encouraging seniors to get vaccinated for the coronavirus

A new video featuring several prominent North Carolinians encourages seniors to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Fifth inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19 at Alexander Correctional Institution

  ‘We are strained but we still have space’: Mecklenburg County hospitals discuss ICU capacity

SC superintendent calls for teachers to be moved to top of phase 1b for COVID-19 vaccine

  Mountains prepare for MLK weekend crowds amid surge in COVID-19 cases

  Carolinas don’t have vaccine residency requirements, can get vaccinated from either state

  SCforEd letter calls for school districts to stick to virtual learning, asks state leaders for support

  Livingstone College partners with N.C. church to combat food insecurity during COVID-19 pandemic

Volunteers distributed over 1,000 food boxes, 700 hot meals, and 300 $25 Food Lion gift cards to people in Salisbury and Rowan County.

  NC health leader addresses questions on slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccine

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen testified before a joint oversight committee Tuesday regarding the slow rollout of the COVID-19.

  South Carolina reports 2,644 new COVID-19 cases, 14 more deaths

State health officials are urging residents to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 amid public health experts’ concerns over the recent rise in COVID-19 data trends in South Carolina.

Mecklenburg County reports 72K+ coronavirus cases, 652 virus-related deaths

Mecklenburg County officials are releasing more information about the coronavirus pandemic.

  Charlotte Rescue Mission pauses admissions at men’s shelter after COVID-19 outbreak

The Charlotte Rescue Mission’s men’s campus (Rebound) is pausing admissions after a COVID-19 outbreak was reported.

Samaritan’s Purse sends 50-plus bed emergency field hospital to California for COVID-19 care support

Samaritan’s Purse has sent a 50-plus bed emergency field hospital to California to provide COVID-19 care support.

  Mecklenburg County creates new partnership to distribute vaccines faster

In effort to distribute vaccines faster, Mecklenburg County has partnered with StarMed Health.

  Pharmacies push for COVID-19 vaccine authorization to help with slow rollout

Pharmacies across the Carolinas say they’re ready to help administer the COVID-19 vaccine.But first they need the authorization from North Carolina state leaders.The National Association of Chain Drug Stores is pushing for that authorization saying there’s no one better for the job than your neigh

Drive-thru vaccine clinic in Rowan County closed early after running out of vaccines

There was a huge turnout Monday morning at the West End Plaza on Jake Alexander Boulevard in Salisbury.

  South Carolinians 70 years and older can begin scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments on Jan. 13

South Carolina health leaders and Gov. Henry McMaster announced the start of Phase 1B-1.

  Burke County Public Schools nurses to help health department administer COVID-19 vaccine

The nurses have been trained to give the vaccines and will start this week.

Atrium Health offers COVID-19 vaccine to those 75+ in rural counties

Atrium Health is now offering the COVID-19 vaccine to members of the general public in the counties of Cabarrus, Lincoln and Union.

  Push continues to get COVID vaccine to vulnerable groups

In North Carolina, people 75 and older have been able to get their first dose since Wednesday.

  COVID-19 cases reach new record as vaccine opportunities, testing continue across the state

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting a new single day record of 11,581 new COVID-19 cases.

Demand for convalescent plasma triples as COVID-19 cases rise

The Red Cross says hospital distributions of convalescent plasma have increased by 250% since October, and there’s now a national shortage.

‘The worst perfect storm.’ How the second COVID surge is ravaging NC nursing homes.

Nursing homes, where both seniors and other adults in frail health live, have experienced the deadliest consequences of a raging pandemic across the United States.

DHEC: S.C. hospitals should begin vaccinating admitted patients 65 and older

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control made a major change to its Phase 1-A in the vaccine distribution process.

  Nearly 900 people get COVID-19 vaccine at Gastonia Farmer’s Market clinic

The Gastonia Farmer’s Market vaccine clinic made strides vaccinating 898 people on Friday.

Some hospitals seek community members to help administer COVID-19 vaccine doses

As healthcare systems ramp up COVID vaccine distributions, some hospitals are calling on community members with prior medical or data gathering experience to help. Tidelands Health officials are opening about 50 temporary positions.

SC hospitals can now vaccinate admitted patients 65 and over

South Carolina’s health department says hospitals can now start vaccinating admitted patients aged 65 and older against COVID-19.

Gardner-Webb University announces COVID procedures ahead of new semester

Gardner-Webb University faculty and staff are preparing to welcome back more than 1,750 students for the spring semester.

Cabarrus Health Alliance to offer online registration for COVID-19 vaccinations

The online system will open at 11 a.m. today.

COVID-19 testing at Rowan Co. Public Health canceled

Due to inclement weather, COVID-19 testing at Rowan County Public Health has been canceled for today.

  Matthews woman shares story of COVID-19 vaccination experience to encourage others

Matthews resident Connie Green-Johnson spoke to WBTV about receiving her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

N.C. trooper dies after lengthy battle with COVID-19

The N.C. State Highway Patrol says First Sergeant Timothy “Lee” Howell (A911) died after a “courageous, lengthy” battle with COVID-19.

  Vaccinations of seniors continue, Atrium Health announces first COVID-19 vaccine trial

The health department is vaccinating roughly 350 seniors each day and is fully booked through January with 5,000 appointments.

  Samaritan’s Purse opens new field hospital at Caldwell UNC

The 30-bed campus constructed in the parking lot of the Caldwell Memorial Hospital was built in just seven days and will provide regional COVID-19 care support for those living in western North Carolina.

Meck COVID cases could remain high until mid-February

COVID-19 cases in Mecklenburg have skyrocketed in recent weeks — and could remain high through mid-February, Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris said Thursday.

  Mecklenburg County seniors age 75+ get COVID-19 vaccine through health department, hospitals

Seniors 75 years and older can register for the vaccine through the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Atrium Health or Novant Health.

  30-bed emergency field hospital ready to open in Lenoir for COVID-19 care support

A 30-bed emergency field hospital is scheduled to open Thursday to provide COVID-19 care support for western North Carolina as the pandemic has worsened this winter.

Lancaster County coroner says morgue is full, says she sees two people who died from COVID-19 a day

Coroner Karla Deese says she understand everyone has a right to their own choices, but she wants people to understand the choices do not just impact them.

NC National Guard mobilized to help with vaccination efforts across the state

The North Carolina Department of Public Safety announced on Tuesday that 50 National Guard personnel were mobilized to help local health departments with COVID-19 vaccines.

Gov. Cooper extends modified ‘Stay at Home’ order for 3 more weeks

The Stay at Home Order requires people to be home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Cooper made the announcement as COVID-19 vaccinations administrations began across the state.

  White House report: S.C. has 9th highest COVID-19 test positivity rate in the country

The test positivity rate for COVID-19 in South Carolina is among the highest in the nation, according to a new White House report.

  COVID-19 vaccinations underway for those age 75+ in Mecklenburg County

Counties in the WBTV viewing area are beginning to announce plans for COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

McMaster: Those in Phase 1A have until Jan. 15 to get vaccine or ‘go to back of the line’

McMaster said the state has “identified roadblocks” in the rollout and they are going to fix them to speed up the process.

WBTV viewing area COVID-19 vaccination clinic information released as state enters next phase

Counties in the WBTV viewing area are beginning to announce plans for COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

  Atrium, Novant Health administering COVID-19 vaccine to 75-and-older public

Novant Health and Atrium Health are administering FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine to the public.

Gov. Cooper mobilizes N.C. National Guard to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Gov. Roy Cooper mobilized the North Carolina National Guard to provide support as vaccinations get underway across the state.

  S.C. health agency gets second-round vaccine doses, teachers anxiously await Phase 1B

As of Sunday, 42,000 healthcare workers have been given the vaccine. That number does not include the appointments people are making.

  Demand for COVID-19 testing increases after Christmas and New Year’s holidays

Testing reached a peak ahead of Christmas and again on New Year's Eve.

Charlotte Checkers opting out of upcoming AHL season

The season was scheduled to begin Feb. 5.

SC superintendent tests positive for COVID-19

Spearman said she was tested on December 31 and was self-quarantined after being identified as a close contact to her husband and her son, who both tested positive for the virus.

SC lawmakers pre-file bill looking to ban mandatory vaccinations

The bill states the reason for this change would be to protect the rights of citizens and “prohibit discrimination.”

Woman’s entire SC family gets COVID-19 after Christmas gathering

A South Carolina woman says her entire family is battling COVID-19 after they gathered for Christmas.

  Exclusive Tour: Novant Health opens new unit focusing on Cellular Therapy cancer treatments

In October, Novant Health opened a seven-story building dedicated to cardiac and cancer treatments. One unit in the facility was designed with the future of cancer treatment in mind.

  Phase 1b of vaccine distribution plan begins across N.C.

North Carolina health officials announced a plan last week on rolling out the COVID-19 vaccinations to residents.

More than a quarter of SC hospitals entered the New Year at 90% occupancy

Williams stressed that while diversions become a possibility at these high occupancy rates, each hospital has its own, tailored surge plan and may not need to divert any patients at this time.

  Health officials: ‘Now is not the time’ for United House of Prayer large event

Several people could be seen gathering today at The United House of Prayer in Charlotte ahead of a visit by Bishop CM Bailey at 8 p.m. Saturday.

‘She’s my angel’: SC man survives COVID-19 after wife’s voice helps him through coma

The 43-year-old is still recovering after he spent 63 days in the hospital that included time on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma.

California funeral homes run out of space as COVID-19 rages

One funeral home is averaging six times its normal rate, or about 30 body removals a day.

N.C. reports nearly 10,000 new COVID-19 cases on consecutive days to start the new year

North Carolina is reporting record-breaking numbers with nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases on consecutive days to start the new year.

  City of Charlotte ends year with over 4,000 reported COVID-19 violations, other businesses look forward to 2021

A database from the City of Charlotte shows 4,357 COVID-19 violations that Charlotte Mecklenburg Police have responded to from the beginning of March to December 31, 2020.

S.C. health officials release spreadsheet on COVID-19 vaccine allocation for first time

Friday night, after Governor Henry McMaster called on the department to be more transparent with data the day prior, South Carolina’s Department of Health and Environmental Control released new numbers on the allocations received and distributed of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Virginia state senator dies from COVID-19 complications

Virginia State Senator Augustus Benton (Ben) Chafin, Jr. died of COVID-19 complications on New Year’s Day.

  As North Carolina moves to Phase 1B Monday, South Carolina’s timeline slower

There are a few differences in vaccine efforts across both states.

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies after being hospitalized with coronavirus

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has died at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport with COVID-19

  Nation’s top doctor addresses concerns regarding COVID-19 vaccine; disparities in Carolinas

With the ongoing pandemic, there is a continued push to address issues related to why Americans feel hesitant in taking a coronavirus vaccine.