COVID19

Vaccine hesitancy is rife in rural North Carolina

Robeson County is stuck at about 25% vaccinated:

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday more than 50% of adults 18 and older in the state have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 43% of the adult population is fully vaccinated against the virus.

In Robeson County, 25.6% of adults are vaccinated, according to Bill Smith, county Health Department director. The county has 101,622 residents who are 18 years old and older. Of that population segment, 26,033 have been vaccinated. For the entire Robeson County population of 130,620 people only 20% have been vaccinated. That takes into account that almost 26,000 Robesonians are too young to get vaccinated.

We're not talking about a slight deviation from the state average, that's half of it. And this attempt to focus on young people doesn't account for that huge gap either:

Putting Small Businesses First

The COVID pandemic has crushed North Carolina small businesses. In one recent survey, 60 percent of Raleigh area small business owners said they were facing closure.

At the state level, Governor Roy Cooper has done his part to help. Last month, he announced a program to provide $40 million in relief and help businesses pay their rent and other bills. More recently, he announced another $12 million in aid targeted to minority and women-owned small businesses.

Cosplay During Covid - Republicans in the legislature are having a good laugh

Today, there are a million North Carolinians out of work. Hundreds are dead, tens of thousands are sick, and the ghastly toll of the COVID-19 disaster has scarcely begun to be calculated. We know some things for sure: thousands are going to die, many of them our parents and grandparents. The trauma — economic, psychological and otherwise — from this crisis will linger for decades.

And at this defining moment in our state’s history, the Republican majority in the NC General Assembly decided to have some good laughs.

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