by John Trump, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is further easing restrictions on state residents and businesses that began one year ago because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cooper’s latest executive order takes effect 5 p.m. Friday, March 26, and expires April 30. The state’s general mask mandate remains in effect. Cooper says 31%…

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Key indicators used to guide decisions throughout pandemic show state’s trends are moving in the right direction As North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26th at…

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by Johnny Kampis – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — An audit released by State Auditor Beth Wood’s office Thursday, Feb. 18, found the state Department of Health and Human Services did a poor job of gatekeeping the Medicaid Provider Enrollment process. The auditor’s office says HHS didn’t properly ensure that only qualified providers were approved to…

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by Julie Havlak, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Most North Carolinians don’t approve of the state’s vaccine rollout. More North Carolinians favor getting the COVID-19 vaccine, but that doesn’t mean they can, according to an Elon University Poll of nearly 1,500 residents conducted Jan. 29-31. Elon released the poll just hours before Gov. Roy Cooper held…

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by Julie Havlak , Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — After a slow start, North Carolina is ramping up its COVID-19 vaccinations.  Some 9.2% of residents got the first shot of COVID-19 vaccines by Monday, Feb. 8, when 970,162 people had received a first dose, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Two days…

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By John Trump – Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — State health secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen updated reporters on Thursday, Jan. 21 about the state of COVID-19 vaccinations in North Carolina. She said the state is accelerating the rate in which people are vaccinated, so far administering more than 569,000 doses, she said, representing a133% increase over…

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by John Trump Gov. Roy Cooper — and scores of politicians like them — have since March imposed noxious closures and lockdowns with the altruistic goal of keeping us safe. In reality, these government-imposed suppressions have done little but wreck our mental and physical health and devastate our economy. About 100 Triangle restaurants, bars, and similar service businesses…

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