Among the college students awarded for their projects using geographic data to analyze or solve a problem, five were by students at coastal universities or whose work focused on coastal issues.
Governor reestablishes Andrea Harris Equity Task Force
Gov. Roy Cooper reestablished by executive order Wednesday the Andrea Harris Equity Task Force to continue its work to address social, economic and health disparities in underserved and underrepresented communities.
COVID-19 virus detection in wastewater samples on the rise
The latest wastewater sampling data on the state’s COVID-19 dashboard show that detection of the virus has significantly increased over the past 15 days .
Cherry Branch ferry runs remain reduced due to COVID-19
The Cherry Branch-Minnesott Beach ferry route will continue to run on an adjusted schedule through Jan. 17 due to COVID-19 cases and exposures.
2 ferry routes modified due to COVID-19 cases, exposures
Currituck-Knotts Island and Hatteras-Ocracoke ferry routes are on a modified schedule this week due to COVID-19 cases and exposures among the staff.
Coastal counties continue to offer COVID-19 vaccines
U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Monday the Pfizer vaccine, which county health departments along the coast will continue to provide residents along with the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
CDC recommends masks in substantial, high COVID areas
The CDC now recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in substantial or high transmission areas, including several coastal counties.
UNC professor, state track COVID-19 trends in wastewater
Dr. Rachel Noble’s lab at UNC-IMS is set to expand sampling of the state’s wastewater for signs of the virus that causes COVID-19.
State seeks input on COVID-19 fisheries relief draft plan
The state Division of Marine Fisheries is looking for input from the public on a draft spending plan for federal COVID-19 fisheries relief.
Brunswick Ends COVID State of Emergency
Brunswick County Chairman Thompson has ended the county’s state of emergency for COVID-19.
Masks Now Required at All National Parks
Employees, visitors, partners and contractors must now wear a mask while at all national parks and federal buildings, including those in coastal North Carolina.
President Biden Addresses COVID, Climate
President Biden signed executive orders, one of which enforces mask wearing on the federal level to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and acted to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement.
Large-Scale COVID Vaccine Events Planned
DHHS has partnered with Albemarle Regional Health Services to provide COVID-19 vaccines at health departments in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford Pasquotank and Perquimans counties.
Nags Head Offices Close Due to COVID-19
The second floor of Nags Head’s town hall and the public works offices will be closed this week for the safety of the public and employees.
COVID-19 Vaccine Details by Coastal County
North Carolina Health News compiled information on COVID-19 vaccination by county, including those on the coast.
Institute Teams With ASU to Track COVID-19
Appalachian State University is collaborating with Rachel Noble and her team of researchers at the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences to set up a coronavirus tracking system at the Boone campus.