Wilmington Chamber of Commerce announces 192 grants awarded to New Hanover County businesses impacted by COVID-19

New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington provide $4,212,112 in funding for the Hospitality, Retail & Service Grant WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has approved 192 Hospitality, Retail & Service grant requests to businesses located in New Hanover County, totaling an investment of $4,212,112. The investment in these businesses will help offset…

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Novant Health update on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program for employees

Novant Health today released the following update related to its mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program for employees:  Today, 98.6% of more than 35,000 team members are compliant with Novant Health’s mandatory COVID-19 vaccination program. Team members are considered compliant if they have received the following: the single dose Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine, a first dose…

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OPINION: Income and Poverty Facts Matter

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH, NC — The income of the median American household fell by nearly 3% last year as the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent regulations shuttered many businesses for months, closed others for good, and forced still other employers to cut back on hours and wages for the people they still employed. Or so…

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Center expands access to infusion treatment for COVID patients

WILMINGTON, NC – New Hanover Regional Medical Center, now part of Novant Health, has secured permission from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation to open a designated COVID-19 infusion center to treat high-risk patients who have tested positive for the illness.The outpatient monoclonal antibody infusion is a one-time treatment for newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients who are…

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OPINION: Biden’s Mandate Goes Too Far

By JOHN HOOD RALEIGH, NC — I got the COVID-19 vaccine shortly after it became publicly available. I did so because I was persuaded that the benefits of vaccination far outweighed the risk. Over the subsequent months, the case for vaccination has only gotten stronger. While the delta variant is easier to spread than prior…

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Novant Health postpones Wilmington, Winston-Salem festivals as COVID-19 cases rise, vaccination rates remain stagnant

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., – Novant Health announced today the remaining two Welcome Back Festival celebrations, originally scheduled for Aug. 7 in Wilmington and Aug. 21 in in Winston-Salem, will be postponed.  “The health, safety and well-being of our teams and community are always our first priority,” said Jesse Cureton, executive vice president and chief consumer officer for…

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Novant Health hits COVID-19 vaccine milestone of 500,000 administered doses

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., June 15, 2021 Nearly 16 months after the first COVID-19 cases hit North Carolina and six months into vaccine distribution, Novant Health announced today that it has administered over 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which represents more than 253,000 fully vaccinated individuals. To mark this milestone, Novant Health has provided additional data…

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