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ON MASKING A Florida federal judge on Monday voided the national mask mandate covering public transportation — including airlines, trains, buses, subway and ride-sharing vehicles — that was … more
A new surge in COVID-19 cases after a two-month decline may be more significant than it appears because of the rise in home testing, but it’s mostly all quiet on Chatham County’s case count … more
For the past month, lay health advisor Maria Herrera has spent over six hours each week knocking on doors in Love’s Creek to share COVID-19 information, resolve doubts and help her neighbors get vaccinated. more
North Carolina and Chatham County have taken on the pandemic by using various mitigation tools — such as vaccinations, accessibility to testing and lowered isolation periods for COVID positive patients — and are now shifting focus on learning to live with COVID-19, rather than complete eradication of the virus. more
As the COVID-19’s Omicron surge fades and mask mandates ease, Chatham’s vaccination rates lag behind overall rates across North Carolina — and vaccine demand has trickled to “very low,” according to county health officials. more
Editor’s note: Burney Waring, the president of the local nonprofit Innovate Chatham, is a global consulting engineer who studies trends and data. He shared this look at COVID-19 risks for children … more
The Chatham County Board of Education approved a policy change allowing optional masking inside all school buildings beginning March 7 during a special meeting last Thursday. more
CCS will hold a special meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday to vote on a recommendation to remove the existing face covering mandate, effective March 7. If the board approves the recommendation, all of CCS will shift to a mask-optional policy as of March 7 — for the first time since the pandemic began in March of 2020. more
The Chatham County Public Health Department (CCPHD) and Chatham County Public Libraries distributed more than 100,000 N95 respirators to the Chatham community last week and have received another shipment of 100,000 masks to continue that distribution. more
The town’s board of commissioners unanimously passed a motion Monday evening to create a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program as part of an effort to prevent excessive coronavirus-related absences. more
In partnership with the Chatham County Public Libraries, the Chatham County Public Health department is now distributing N95 respirator masks to the public. On  Saturday, CCPHD will also host two drive-thru sites to distribute N95s from 10 a.m. to noon while supplies last, at Northwood High School and Silk Hope School. more
New changes in the state of North Carolina’s COVID “dashboard,” for example, yield good news — even more Chatham residents have received vaccination doses, thanks to a recalculation. The News + Record spoke with Chatham County Public Health Department about these data changes. more
NOTE TO READERS: The CDC is now recommending the use of N95 face coverings, another shift in guidelines in the new pandemic landscape. In light of that, here’s a perspective on masks, mask use, the … more
PITTSBORO — Last week, more than 4,000 North Carolinians were hospitalized with COVID-19 for the first time in the nearly two years of the pandemic. Additionally, more than 44,000 positive tests … more
PITTSBORO — On Thursday, Jan. 6th, the N.C. Department of Health & Human Services reported 24,292 new cases of COVID-19, with 114 among Chatham County residents, and 3,292 hospitalizations in … more
A week into our third year in a pandemic, record-high numbers of new COVID-19 cases and another surge in hospitalizations are dominating the conversations of health experts and observers — as is … more
Here’s a list of locations in Chatham County offering free COVID tests. Some locations across the county offer both rapid and PCR testing; rapid testing offers results in 15 minutes but are not as accurate as the PCR tests, which come back with results in one to two days. more
SILER CITY — The Hispanic Liaison hosted an online chat last Saturday to provide free information about children’s vaccines and boosters to the Spanish-speaking community. Broadcast via … more
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Public Health Department is issuing the following updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination. COVID-19 trends rising in Chatham and N.C. After … more
PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Education again voted 4-1 to require universal masking on all CCS campuses at its meeting Monday night — with board member David Hamm again … more
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