Underserved Communities in North Carolina Can Now Call 1-844-771-RIDE For Access To Free Roundtrip Transportation To COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments

Provided by RIDE UNITED NC, the free service supports communities of color, seniors, and uninsured individuals across North Carolina. Raleigh, NC — Despite the increasing availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in North Carolina, transportation access continues to be a barrier for underserved communities statewide. RIDE UNITED NC announced today that its call center is now available to support low-income…

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As vaccinations rise, Cooper further eases COVID-19 restrictions

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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Governor Cooper Announces Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions as North Carolina Trends Stabilize

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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State auditor finds a bevy of unlicensed providers receive Medicaid funds

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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Poll finds North Carolina residents unhappy with vaccine rollout

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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After first missing the mark on vaccinations, N.C. hones in on target

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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Cohen urges patience as vaccine rollout slowly accelerates

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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Opinion: Curfew is Cooper’s latest move in state’s fight against bars, alcohol

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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