N.C. reports 1,200 new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations remain above 1K

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

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  US warns against travel to 80% of world due to coronavirus

Rock Hill COVID-19 vaccination clinic to change locations starting May 18

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Some long-haul COVID patients report vaccines are easing their lingering symptoms

  CDC to meet Friday to discuss J&J COVID vaccine pause

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  Half of US adults now have received at least 1 COVID shot

  S.C. reporting more than 500 new COVID-19 cases, 13 additional deaths

  Pandemic good Samaritan faces $16,000 tax bill for his efforts

  Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million

COVID-19 shots likely here to stay; research points to need for yearly boosters

Novant accepting walk-ins for COVID-19 vaccine availability in Charlotte

  US setting up $1.7B national network to track virus variants

The new effort, which relies on money approved by Congress as part of President Joe Biden’s coronavirus relief package, aims to break what experts say is a feast-or-famine cycle in U.S. preparedness for biological threats, of which the coronavirus is only one example.

  US opens more distance in worldwide race against coronavirus

Nearly half of American adults have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, and about 30% of adults in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  Pfizer: 3rd COVID vaccine dose likely needed within 12 months

If you received the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, you’ll likely need a third dose within a year.

Coronavirus hug image named World Press Photo of the Year

The image by Danish photographer Mads Nissen captured the moment Rosa Luzia Lunardi was hugged by nurse Adriana Silva da Costa Souza at the Viva Bem care home in Sao Paulo on Aug. 5.

  Study looks at weight gain during pandemic

Walk-up COVID-19 vaccination clinic happening in Charlotte Thursday

  Apple studies whether Apple Watch can detect COVID-19, flu

  St Vincent fears COVID-19 outbreak with volcano evacuations

  $1,400 stimulus checks helped March retail sales soar 9.8%

  WHO: Europe has surpassed 1 million COVID-19 deaths

  ‘Red’ states on U.S. electoral map lagging on vaccinations

The CDC reports that nearly 121 million American adults have received at least one coronavirus shot.

  Study: Leaving middle seat open on planes reduces COVID exposure risk

Scientists said it’s important to recognize their study addresses only exposure and not transmission.

  Vaccine advice for pregnant, postpartum women after J&J pause

The medical group is encouraging pregnant and postpartum women who wish to get vaccinated to get either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead, even if the J&J vaccine becomes available again.

  COVID safety rules may limit your trip — even if you’re vaccinated

Given ongoing international quarantine rules, capacity limits, complicated testing requirements and more, avoid setting your heart on a dream vacation just yet.

  US recommends ‘pause’ for J&J shots in blow to vaccine drive

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination.

  Dozens of CMS schools to get ‘COVID-19 neutralizing’ air purification systems

The Charlotte Mecklenburg School Board of Education has an opportunity to make air quality improvements in some of its schools, on its Tuesday night, April 13th meeting.

Poll: 15% of Americans worse off a year into pandemic

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy — the United States still has 8.4 million fewer jobs than it had in February 2020, just before the pandemic struck.

S.C. immediately pauses use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine

South Carolina health leaders are immediately pausing the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine after a recommendation from the CDC and the FDA over blood clot issues.

  Selena Gomez and J.Lo headline vax concert for poor nations

The concert, which airs May 8 on ABC, CBS and FOX as well as on iHeartMedia radio stations and YouTube, will also showcase the Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, J Balvin and H.E.R.

  Half of US adults to be vaccinated by end of week

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 46% of adults in the US have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and about 28% are fully vaccinated.

Mecklenburg County hosting COVID-19 community vaccination clinic at Camp North End

In total, there are 2,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine available for this event.

  Drivers wanted: Record demand at Uber as vaccinations rise

The San Francisco ride-hailing company said Monday that total monthly bookings, including food delivery and passenger service, reached an all-time high in March.

  Tweaked COVID vaccines in testing aim to fend off variants

Viruses constantly evolve, and the world is in a race to vaccinate millions and tamp down the coronavirus before even more mutants emerge.

  Shops, gyms, outdoor dining restart in Britain

Monday sees the easing of restrictions that have been in place in England since early January to suppress a surge in coronavirus infections linked to a more transmissible new variant of the virus.

  Georgia pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine site after adverse reactions

The Georgia Department of Health says the reactions were consistent with common reactions in adults receiving any vaccine.

Report: Hotel will house Olympic athletes with COVID-19

The measure underlines the risk of trying to hold the Olympics and Paralympics during a pandemic.

  Stalled at first jab: Vaccine shortages hit poor countries

As many as 60 countries might be stalled at the first shots of their coronavirus vaccinations because nearly all deliveries through the global program intended to help some of the world's poorest nations are blocked until as late as June.

Duke requiring new, returning students be vaccinated against COVID-19

Duke University will require all new and returning students to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19 before enrolling in the fall 2021 semester, the university announced Friday.

  CDC ties COVID clusters to youth sports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says youth tournaments and extracurricular activities are creating clusters where coronavirus can spread among children.

  Pfizer asks US to allow more kids to get vaccine

Pfizer asks Food and Drug Administration to expand the use of its COVID-19 vaccine in children ages 12 to 15.

  No region in the world spared as virus cases, deaths surge

Nations around the world are setting new records for COVID-19 deaths and new coronavirus infections, and the disease is surging even in some countries that have kept the virus in check.

  WHO chief decries ‘shocking’ vaccine imbalance

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that on average, one in four people in rich countries has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, compared to only one in 500 people in low-income countries.

  Vaccine hesitancy among health care workers raises concerns

Thousands of health care workers across North Carolina, charged with the care of patients, have declined to get COVID-19 vaccinations, even as eligibility has opened to the entire state.

  FEMA to start taking applicants for COVID-related funeral reimbursements

A new reimbursement program from the Federal Emergency Management Agency could take some of the financial burden off grieving relatives.

  Florida sues federal government to allow cruises to sail

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said the no-sail order is outdated and hurts the state as the industry generates billions for the economy and employs tens of thousands of Floridians.

  Governments give varying advice on AstraZeneca vaccine

A patchwork of advice was emerging from governments across Europe and farther afield, a day after the European Union’s drug regulator said there was a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca vaccine and a rare clotting disorder while reiterating the vaccine is safe and effective.

  COVID-19 patient receives lung transplant from living donors

Kyoto University Hospital said it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a person with COVID-19 lung damage.

  Charlotte woman anxiously awaits day in court as prosecutors deal with pandemic backlog

A Charlotte woman said she is frustrated she has waited more than two years for her day in court and worries that the coronavirus pandemic has only further delayed a trial.

  Study shows a third of COVID-19 survivors suffer mental health or neurological symptoms

A third of COVID-19 survivors may suffer longer term mental health or neurological symptoms, a new study in the journal Lancet Psychiatry finds.

  UK advises limiting AstraZeneca in under-30s amid clot worry

The EU’s drug regulator says it has found a “possible link” between the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and a rare clotting disorder but said that the benefits of the shot still outweigh the risks.

  Gaston Co. family thanks social workers, long-term care employees for filling void during pandemic

Health care workers have been hailed as heroes during the pandemic for the sacrifices they have made to care for others. A Gaston County family is also thanking social workers and other employees of long-term care facilities for filling the void of not seeing their loved one in person for so long.

  Duke University experts weigh in on vaccine distribution, vaccine passports and more

A panel of Duke experts hosted a webinar on Wednesday where they discussed the coronavirus pandemic, along with topics such as herd immunity, vaccine distribution and the possibility of vaccine passports.

  CDC: Variant found in Britain most common in US

Walensky says new outbreaks have been tied to youth sports and day care centers.

  As states expand vaccines, prisoners still lack access

Nationwide, less than 20% of state and federal prisoners have been vaccinated, according to data collected by The Marshall Project and The Associated Press.

  COVID-19 vaccine eligibility opens for everyone age 16+ in North Carolina

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility will open to all North Carolina residents age 16 and older on Wednesday, April 7.

  Woman recovering after rare windpipe transplant from donor

Doctors say this drastic operation could potentially help other people including COVID-19 patients left with serious windpipe damage from breathing machines.

  At Disney World, smiles won’t be hidden for much longer

Starting Thursday, visitors to the theme park resort will be able to remove their masks temporarily for outdoor photos.

  Nearly half of new US virus infections are in just 5 states

New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44% of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections.

  COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the spotlight, literally, in Ashe County

COVID-19 vaccine clinics have been held in many unusual locations in North Carolina recently.

Mass COVID-19 vaccination events coming to Chester area in S.C.

MUSC Health is offering two drive-through and one walk-up COVID-19 vaccination events this week.

  Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

Any further doubts about the AstraZeneca vaccine would be a setback for the shot, which is critical to Europe’s immunization campaign and a linchpin in the global strategy to get vaccines to poorer countries.

  Man arrested at Disney Springs refused temperature screening, refused to leave, deputies say

Kelly Sills of Baton Rouge, La., refused to undergo a temperature screening at Disney Springs, according to deputies, which Disney requires as a COViD-19 precaution.

  Study: Moderna vaccine lasts at least 6 months

The report Tuesday in the New England Journal of Medicine echoes what Pfizer said last week about its vaccine, which works in a similar way.

  Viral thoughts: Why COVID-19 conspiracy theories persist

Conspiracy theories about the coronavirus have flourished since the global pandemic was declared a year ago. Researchers want to know why.

  Norwegian Cruise Line to resume trips in Greece, Caribbean

Norwegian said Tuesday that it plans trips in late July in the Greek islands and in August in the Caribbean.

Weekly COVID-19 vaccine appointments available in Mecklenburg Co. starting April 7

Weekly COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available in Mecklenburg County starting April 7, officials announced.

  Most kids with serious inflammatory illness had mild COVID

The unusual post-infection condition tends to be milder in kids who were sicker with COVID-19, although more than half of affected youngsters received intensive hospital care, according to a CDC analysis.

  Norwegian Cruise Line asks CDC to allow trips from US in July

The Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking permission to resume trips from U.S. ports on July 4, requiring passengers and crew members to be vaccinated against COVID-19 at least two weeks before the trip.

  Growing concern over COVID-19 variant infecting children

Experts are raising the alarm about a virus variant that appears to be infecting school-age children and younger adults.

Fauci says federal government won’t mandate COVID vaccine passports

The White House has indicated that any potential passports would come from the private sector, with little direct involvement from the government.

  Two COVID-19 clusters identified at UNC Charlotte, involving 11 total students

The students are isolating and receiving appropriate medical care. The University is notifying all close contacts to begin quarantine and receive necessary testing.

  UK will test vaccine passports, to ease lockdown next week

Businesses from barbers to bookstores will be allowed to reopen next week in the United Kingdom.

  CLT Airport says some airlines may require proof of vaccine, gives other tips as travel increases

Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport say some airlines may require proof of COVID-19 vaccination among several tips the airport is giving passengers as travel increases during the pandemic.

  Some businesses want masks on, even as states drop mandates

Many business owners are keeping their own rules in place, requiring staffers and customers alike to wear masks for the sake of protecting everybody, particularly their employees. And the law is on an owner’s side.

  US races to vaccinate for virus as potential fourth surge looms

The U.S. passed a huge milestone this weekend, averaging more than 3 million COVID vaccine shots in arms per day.

  Singing hymns through masks, Christians mark pandemic Easter

Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with the faithful spaced apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday marked by pandemic precautions.

  Man chooses homelessness to avoid debt amid pandemic financial struggles

At first, he stayed in the condo he could no longer afford, thanks to eviction moratoriums. But as his owed rent continued to rise, he decided to move out.

NCAA fan’s death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend.