Louisburg, NC Health

Decision expected today on Cary's mask mandate

Cary, N.C. — A decision is expected Thursday on whether Cary's mask mandate will be lifted or extended. The current mandate is set to expire Monday. While it’s likely the mask mandate in Wake County will be extended, cities and towns within the county can make their own rules. Raleigh and Garner are already planning to keep mask mandates in place.
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When COVID came, 6 Black women doctors in NC took on vaccine inequality 1 shot at a time

Before they became known as the Sister Circle and appeared on the “CBS Evening News,” the six African-American doctors were friends and colleagues at WakeMed in Raleigh. Their conversations became more frequent and pointed last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted disparities in health care for Black people and other people of color. The murder of George Floyd spurred a wider reckoning with racial inequality.

COVID vaccine live updates: Here’s what to know in North Carolina on Oct. 28

We’re tracking the most up-to-date information about the coronavirus and vaccines in North Carolina. Check back for updates. At least 1,475,148 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 17,977 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health...
Raleigh News & Observer

NC health officials back off from saying face masks should be worn in all schools

State health officials are no longer recommending that all North Carolina school districts require students and employees to wear face masks in schools. Updated guidance released this week from the state Department of Health and Human Services now recommends that schools only require face masks in counties with high or substantial COVID-19 transmission rates. In communities with low or moderate transmission rates, DHHS says schools can consider making masks optional for certain groups.

Report: Non-profit NC hospitals didn’t ease financial burden of some patients

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A new report released Wednesday finds some non-profit hospitals in North Carolina are receiving tax breaks while providing insufficient financial help to those struggling to afford care. Republican State Treasurer Dale Folwell’s office released the report on charity care provided by hospitals, after working with researchers...
Raleigh News & Observer

A new ‘sense of urgency’: How the pandemic reshaped the Triangle jobs market

At the announcement of global pandemic in March 2020, about two-thirds of Leon Cox’s staff — and most workers across the hospitality industry — became obsolete. “I had to lay off 60 to 75% of our people,” said Cox, general manager of downtown Raleigh’s Sheraton Hotel. “I know it was about the same for my peers across the country.”