Public Health

  • Seafood Available, Buyers Are Not: COVID

    As the lockdown to stem the coronavirus pandemic appears more and more to be a long-term situation, those in the fishing and shellfish industry and related businesses are struggling to find markets for their catch.

  • Strapped Industry, Towns Plead For Relief

    Legislative hearings this week in Raleigh on the impact of the coronavirus featured a litany of losses across all sectors of the economy, but none as quickly or deeply felt than in the areas of food service, hospitality and travel.

  • Coastal Governments Enact New Restrictions

    As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rises statewide, coastal counties and towns are enacting new measures and restrictions to align with Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order and limit the virus’ spread.

  • Outer Banks Folk Prep for the Unknown

    Outer Banks residents, seasoned by threatening storms, are no strangers to preparedness, but although there’s some familiarity in the new routine, the threat of COVID-19 is unlike anything before, and health care capacity could be tested.

  • COVID-19 Forecast Dire; Responses Vary

    As COVID-19 cases increase in rapid acceleration and health officials warn the public to take steps, some beach communities up and down the coast are responding differently to the public health threat.

  • Officials Take Steps to Curb Virus’ Spread

    Officials at the state level and in coastal counties have announced measures to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus as residents and business owners face increasing anxiety over their health and finances.

  • School Boards Eye Filtration to Remove PFAS

    Schools in Brunswick and New Hanover counties are moving to install water filling stations and reverse osmosis filters to protect students from industrial contaminants found in drinking water.

  • PFAS Found in Biodegradable Food Packaging

    Biodegradable paper plates and food packaging may seem environmentally friendly, but recent studies have found per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in compost that includes food containers.

  • NC Not Getting Federal Grant to Study PFAS

    North Carolina is not among seven states that will be awarded federal grant funding to conduct health studies on people in specific communities who have been drinking water contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, known as PFAS.

  • ‘Forever Chemicals’ Execs Under Fire

    For the first time, executives from Chemours, DuPont and 3M were called before a U.S. House environmental oversight committee to discuss their accountability in PFAS contamination plaguing North Carolina and the country.