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Update: Newest COVID boosters are available locally

Sept. 9. | Updated Sept. 15. Novant Health is now administering the updated COVID-19 booster doses in its family medicine and pediatric clinics. Patients interested in the Pfizer or Moderna bivalent booster can schedule an appointment through their primary care provider. This updated booster dose provides an immune response protective against COVID-19 the omicron variant. […]

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NC scores second-place nationwide in COVID safety

Aug. 25. With two-thirds of the nation’s population fully vaccinated against COVID-19, a new study says North Carolina is the second-safest state in terms of COVID-19. WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics—from community transmission to hospitalizations and deaths—to rank the states according to COVID safety. —North Carolina […]


County moves to highest COVID alert, while NC, Cornelius plan to rescind state of emergency

Aug. 1. Mecklenburg County has moved to the highest CDC COVID-19 Community Level: High/Orange. The change from medium to high reflects the ongoing increase in positive cases, which brings an increased burden on medical resources. Emergency department visits here are up 5 percent from the previous 2-week period; reported cases are up 10 percent. The […]

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New COVID variant spreading, but not overwhelming hospitals

July 19. By Dave Yochum. As key COVID-19 metrics increase due to the BA.5 variant, medical experts are saying it is “incredibly contagious.” Dr. David Priest, Novant Health’s chief safety, quality and epidemiology officer, today said the new COVID wave is “running through the community,” but it has plateaued. “It’s not translating to really high […]

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Study: NC 2nd-safest state during COVID-19 pandemic

June 28. North Carolina scored second place in a nationwide study of safest states during the COVID-19 epidemic conducted by WalletHub. WalletHub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia across five key metrics: Community transmission, the rates of positive testing, hospitalizations and death, as well as the share of the eligible population getting […]

With COVID cases on the increase, Meck County suggests higher level of caution

June 6. Mecklenburg County moved from Low/GreenCOVID-19 Community Level to Medium/Yellow as of Friday last week based on hospital beds being used, hospital admissions and the total number of new COVID-19 cases in an area. The change from low to medium in the county reflects a “significant increase” in positive cases. Between May 13 and […]

Atrium is part of new Pfizer study for children under 5 years

May 10. Attention parents of young children: Atrium Health Levine Children’s will conduct a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine study on healthy children ages six months old to under five years. More than 50,000 children in the US have been infected with COVID in the past week. Want to learn more? Email strivevaccineregistry@atriumhealth.org or call 704-355-4102. More […]

COVID update: Increase in cases, rates

May 6. Following seven weeks of stable or decreasing COVID-19 activity, Mecklenburg County is showing “notable and continued” increases. “The increases are likely due to a combination of more social activity during the recent spring holidays and the growing presence of the Omicron BA.2 subvariant,” said Dr. Raynard Washington, Mecklenburg public health director. At this […]

Novant updates visitor restrictions

April 25. Beginning Monday, April 25, anyone ages 2 and up will be permitted to visit Novant Health facilities as long as they wear a mask and complete a COVID-19 screening. Previously, individuals were required to be 12 years or older to enter a Novant Health hospital.

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Complete survey on how Cornelius should spend ARPA funds

April 4. The Town of Cornelius will receive $9.6 million through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The purpose of these funds is to help communities respond to the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by improving, assisting, and serving our community. How best to spend it? The town is conducting a survey now, through […]