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This image provided by Pfizer shows COVID-19 vaccine doses for kids ages 5-12. Vaccines are now available for children 6 months to 4 years old.


Vaccines available for kids 6 months and older

By Olivia Neeley
| June 23, 2022

Children 6 months and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, and Wilson County Health Depa...

Report: NC hospitals took COVID relief, reaped windfall profits

The Associated Press
| June 22, 2022

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s seven largest hospital systems reaped sizeable financial benefits last ye...

Gov. Roy Cooper holds a news conference in the state Administration Building on Nov. 16.

Gov. Roy Cooper tests positive for COVID-19

The Associated Press
| June 20, 2022

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 but is...

Riley Bredbeck, 13, from Westminster, Vt., looks away when getting the Pfizer COVID-19 booster during a vaccine clinic hosted by Rescue Inc. at the Bellows Falls Fire Department on Jan. 14 in Bellows Falls, Vt.


FDA authorizes 1st COVID shots for infants, preschoolers

By Lindsey Tanner
| June 18, 2022

U.S. regulators on Friday authorized the first COVID-19 shots for infants and preschoolers, paving t...

This October photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium.


NC preparing vaccine rollout for children under 5

For the Times
| June 16, 2022

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is preparing for COVID-19 vacci...

Pfizer vaccine doses for adult patients are shown at the Wilson County Health Department.


US: Pfizer COVID shot appears effective for kids under 5

By Matthew Perrone and Mike Stobbe
| June 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials said Sunday that kid-sized doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccines...

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., takes a question during a news conference following a closed-door policy lunch at the Capitol on May 24. The Biden administration foresees unnecessary deaths if lawmakers don’t approve billions of dollars more to brace for the pandemic’s next wave. Yet the push to provide the money is in limbo in Congress.


Gridlock could delay COVID money until fall — or longer

By Alan Fram
| June 2, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is headed for “a lot of unnecessary loss of life,” the Biden administration sa...

Dawn Lashley holds a syringe containing a booster dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine as Wilson resident Toni Rucker pulls off for the prescribed waiting period during a late September drive-thru vaccination clinic. "I'm glad I was a big girl this morning,” Rucker said. “I took it like a trooper. It's very important.”


Wilson sees spike in COVID cases

By Olivia Neeley
| May 24, 2022

Wilson County has seen an increase in positive COVID-19 cases over the past four weeks. The county r...


COVID-19 booster now available for children ages 5-11

For the Times
| May 23, 2022

RALEIGH — Children 5 to 11 years old can receive a COVID-19 booster five months after the date of th...

Migrants who crossed the Rio Grande river into the U.S. are under custody of National Guard members as they await the arrival of U.S. Border Patrol agents in Eagle Pass, Texas, on Friday.

Judge: COVID asylum restrictions must continue on border

By Kevin McGill and Elliot Spagat
| May 21, 2022

NEW ORLEANS — Pandemic-related restrictions on migrants seeking asylum on the southern border must c...

This October photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium.


CDC urges Pfizer vaccine booster for children ages 5-11

By Lauran Neergaard
| May 20, 2022

Kids ages 5 to 11 should get a booster dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, advisers to the U.S. gover...

Diana Merchant self-tests for COVID-19 at a free drive-thru testing clinic in Whittier, Calif.


US deaths from COVID hit 1 million

By Carla K. Johnson
| May 16, 2022

The U.S. death toll from COVID-19 hit 1 million on Monday, a once-unimaginable figure that only hint...

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield addresses a Wilson church congregation in August.

Butterfield tests positive for COVID-19

From staff reports
| May 4, 2022

U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield says he’s self-isolating and working remotely after contracting COVID-19....

Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen receives the NAACP President’s Award from Lamont Foster, president of the NAACP’s Wilson Branch. The civil rights organization honored Ellen for her service and leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NAACP honors Wilson County health director

For the Times
| May 2, 2022

Wilson’s NAACP branch has honored Wilson County Health Director Teresa Ellen with the NAACP’s Presid...

Mike Walden


How well has North Carolina dealt with COVID?

By Mike Walden
| April 23, 2022

Even though COVID-19 continues with its variants, medical experts are hopeful the virus is becoming ...

Passengers wait in the security checkpoint line Tuesday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va. The Justice Department is filing an appeal seeking to overturn a judge’s order that voided the federal mask mandate on planes and trains and in travel hubs. The notice came minutes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked the agency to appeal the decision, which a federal judge in Florida handed down earlier this week.


Justice Department to appeal order voiding travel mask mandate

By Michael Balsamo and Zeke Miller
| April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is filing an appeal seeking to overturn a judge’s order that voi...

President Joe Biden speaks about his infrastructure agenda on Tuesday at the New Hampshire Port Authority in Portsmouth, N.H.


Moving beyond masks: Biden toils to put pandemic behind him

By Zeke Miller
| April 20, 2022

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s administration has been working for months to prepare people to r...

Ride driver Melissa Taylor and passenger Lida Carter chat at a stoplight in September 2020 during one of the microtransit system’s first trips.


After court ruling, Ride removes mask requirement

From staff and wire reports
| April 20, 2022

Drivers and passengers alike will no longer be required to wear masks on the city’s microtransit sys...

Passengers check in for their flights Tuesday at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Va. A federal judge's decision to strike down a national mask mandate was met with cheers on some airplanes, but also concern about whether it's really time to end the order sparked by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Feds will appeal mask ruling only if mandate still needed

By Heather Hollingsworth and Teresa Crawford
| April 20, 2022

The Justice Department said Tuesday it will not appeal a federal district judge’s ruling that ended ...

Travelers walk through the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on April 1. A federal judge in Florida voided the national mask mandate covering airplanes and other public transportation on Monday, saying it exceeded health officials' authority.

Federal judge voids US mask mandate for planes, other travel

By Curt Anderson
| April 18, 2022

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — A federal judge on Monday voided the national mask mandate covering airlines ...

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