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Deer Park Health & Rehab. in McDowell County Covid-19 Report

The McDowell County Health Department has been notified that 6 additional McDowell County residents have tested positive for novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are saddened to report two additional deaths related to COVID19. “I am cautiously optimistic and excited about the decrease in numbers again today.  McDowell County continues to work hard, and it shows.  Let’s […]

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Congregate outbreaks pose key challenge for NC mountain health care

Interventions by ‘strike teams’ help manage outbreaks at nursing homes; COVID-19 cases mount at Mission Health; St. Luke’s hastens test results through a partnership by Neil Cotiaux , Carolina Public Press August 11, 2020 _________________________________________________________________ When a COVID-19 outbreak hit an assisted living center in Henderson County in April, a “strike team” was formed to assist […]

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NC may turn to low-performing virtual charters in response to demand for online education

By Greg Childress, NC Policy Watch   Last year, after four consecutive years of poor academic performance, state lawmakers rewarded North Carolina’s virtual charter school pilot program with an extension that allows its two schools to operate through the 2022-23 school year. The pilot program created in 2015 was supposed to end after the 2018-19 […]

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Majority of state’s 1.5 million students will start school with remote instruction

 By Greg Childress, NC POLICY WATCH Mark Johnson, State SuperintendentRoughly one million of the state’s K-12 students will attend school remotely to start the new school year, State Superintendent Mark Johnson said Tuesday. Johnson made the comment during a remote Council of State Meeting. “Right now, we’re on track for two out of every three students in our […]

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Governor Cooper Announces Additional COVID-19 Funds Disbursed to 97 Counties for Public Health and Essential Services

Pandemic Recovery Office Disburses Additional $150 Million Of Federal Funds Allocated During Legislative Session Raleigh Jul 30, 2020 Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that an additional $150 million in federal funds provided for COVID-19 relief to counties has been disbursed this week. These funds are from the state-administered Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) that was passed […]

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Governor Roy Cooper Signs Executive Order No. 153 Limiting the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages After 11 pm

Raleigh Jul 28, 2020 With actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 beginning to have impact, Governor Roy Cooper is doubling down on prevention measures with Executive Order 153 stopping the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries, and distilleries at 11 pm. North Carolina bars that are currently closed will remain closed. This […]

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Swim Guide Results for the Broad River – July 24

Each Thursday evening throughout the spring, summer and fall, the Broad Riverkeeper releases new, up-to-date bacteria monitoring results for six monitoring sites at public access points within the Broad River Basin. Results are posted to the Swim Guide website at theswimguide.org – the public’s best resource for knowing which streams and river recreation areas are […]

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Back to School Plans

Rutherford County Schools remains deeply committed both to the health and well-being of students, employees, and the broader community and to its mission to prepare all students for lifelong learning in partnership with families and communities. The Governor’s Office and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS), in consultation with the State Board […]

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COVID-19 proves that Senator Thom Tillis was wrong about rules for public health

By Dean M. Harris, NC Policy Watch – 7/22/2020   In 2015, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis of North Carolina argued that we don’t need government rules for public health in the food service industry, because the free market would protect public health and safety. As an example, he said that the government should not require Starbucks […]

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Swim Guide Results for the Broad River – July 9

Each Thursday evening throughout the spring, summer and fall, the Broad Riverkeeper releases new, up-to-date bacteria monitoring results for six monitoring sites at public access points within the Broad River Basin. Results are posted to the Swim Guide website at theswimguide.org – the public’s best resource for knowing which streams and river recreation areas are […]