Jan 13, 2021

With just 100 doses of vaccine available Jan. 6 to help fight the spread of COVID-19, it took only 10 minutes for officials in Brunswick County to see their weekly supply exhausted as more than 6,000 phone calls poured in to the public health department.  The meager supply and strong public interest left those responsible for administering the vaccine wondering how ...

Dec 18, 2020

2020 In Review: A Look At The Pandemic's Impact

By Cece Nunn, posted Dec 18, 2020

It was the worst of times, it was the weirdest of times. It was 2020, the year of the coronavirus pandemic. For many small business owners in the region – especially those dependent on visitors and indoor operations – im­pacted by restrictions to slow the virus’s spread, 2020 was a year of tough decisions.  Along those lines, Kris Testori ende ...

Dec 17, 2020

For a place that regularly receives thousands of doses of lifesaving pharmaceuticals, a shipment that arrived Thursday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center was one of its most important ever. Nearly 3,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to NHRMC and inoculations were expected to begin Thursday afternoon. "We have vaccine in-house. ...

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In The Age Of Social Distancing, Virtual Options Shown To Make Community Association Meetings More Effective

Posted Jan 18, 2021
When Covid-19 arrived in the United States, many businesses had to quickly figure out how to continue operating in the age of social distancing. In the months that have followed, conducting business remotely has become the "new norm" as organizations of all sizes have begun to utilize technology like Zoom to continue working and having face-to-face interactions with colleagues and entire article
Dec 14, 2020

A little over nine months since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the state, the first doses of an approved vaccine arrived in North Carolina on Monday in what Gov. Roy Cooper described as a “remarkable achievement for science and health.” Katie Passaretti, Charlotte-based Atrium Health's medical director of infection prevention, was the first p ...

Dec 14, 2020

The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has partnered with PCCS Medical to bring more than protective face masks to small businesses and childcare facilities in the area, according to a news release. Port City Contracting Services (PCCS) Medical, a wholesale distributor of medical/surgical supplies, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals is teaming up with the ...

Dec 9, 2020

Bar, Restaurant Owners Fear Impacts Of 10 P.m. Curfew

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Dec 9, 2020

Business owners in the restaurant and bar industry say the new stay-at-home curfew hours will have an impact on sales. That's especially troublesome at a time when many loans that have kept businesses going through the COVID-19 pandemic are running out, as well as the already hindering effects of the winter season on local businesses, said Brookes Musser-Stone, co-o ...

Dec 4, 2020

COVID Highlights Cold Chain Needs

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Dec 4, 2020

Pharmaceuticals and agriculture are heavy players in driving some of the state’s cold chain business, said panelists during N.C. Ports’ virtual Cold Chain Summit last month.   And more opportunities may come with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, particularly with grocers and vaccine distribution.   The industry leaders spoke on a range of topics and ...

Dec 4, 2020

Plantation Village Continues To Cope

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Dec 4, 2020

Plantation Village is continuing to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.   Lessons have been learned and changes made at the retirement community of just over 300 residents, ranging in ages from 62 to 100 years old, said Zane Bennett, executive director of Plantation Village, 1200 Porters Neck Road.   Bennett oversees the community’s day-to-day operations, a ...

Dec 2, 2020

More COVID-19 Vaccine Work Coming To Wilmington Health

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Dec 2, 2020

Wilmington Health Research has been awarded additional clinical trials related to COVID-19, practice officials said Wednesday. "We are likely to be starting two additional vaccine trials," Brian Webster, a physician and chief medical information officer at Wilmington Health, said in an email. "These vaccine candidates are a different formulation and mecha ...

Nov 23, 2020

TMA Picks Up More COVID-19 Vaccine Trials That Start In Wilmington Soon

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Nov 23, 2020

​Wilmington-based Trial Management Associates LLC, a clinical research management firm that has been involved in Moderna's COVID-19 vaccination trials, will soon start conducting trials for two new coronavirus vaccines in the Wilmington area. Two different companies, each with their own new vaccine, have selected Trial Management Associates  ...

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2021 Goals: New Year's Outlook In Their Own Words

Several of the region’s economic development groups and organizations that are economic drivers check in with a recap of what happened in th...

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The construction and IT sectors are the focus of new collab­oratives forming this year to address the area’s workforce develop­ment needs....

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While COVID-19’s impact on the economy will remain a focus this year, other expected newsmakers in 2021 include New Hanover Regional Medical...

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