Health

Mecklenburg County moves back to code yellow as COVID-19 cases rise in the area.

Pfizer COVID Booster Shots Available for Kids in Mecklenburg County

Safety Tips to Prepare for Charlotte's Upcoming Heat Wave

StarMed in Charlotte is helping parents and caregivers amidst the nationwide baby formula shortage. On Tuesday, May 17, the health care group will give out approximately 300 canisters of formula for free. The canisters will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis. StarMed will begin giving out the formula at noon at their East […]

While masks may not be mandated in many areas, you may still want to be cautious when out. COVID cases are rising in Mecklenburg County and North Carolina after two months of stable and decreasing numbers. Mecklenburg County had 1,608 new cases in the last week of April, according to the NC Department of Health and Human […]

Carowinds has been in the news recently about a couple of malfunctioning rides, but another guest experience is causing concern. A parent reported their child having an allergic reaction after receiving face paint while at Carowinds. Karmen DiProjetto said her 6-year-old daughter Kalianne got her face painted at the park earlier that day before ending […]

Two children’s hand sanitizers have been recalled due to benzene and methanol. Benzene is a potentially cancer-causing chemical and methanol poisoning can lead to various health problems including death. The recalled lots are marketed with Mickey Mouse and Star Wars “Mandalorian” and come in blue and green. The Star Wars “Mandalorian” 2.11-ounce bottles have lot number 20D21, […]

For the first time since Decemeber, Mecklenburg County’s COVID-19 positivity rate has decreased below 10 percent. As of Feb. 23, the county’s positivity rate was down to 8.6%. Although this is a good sign, experts say they wouldn’t go as far to say that the pandemic is ending. Mecklenburg County health leaders warn that many people […]

Mecklenburg County leaders will vote on whether or not to drop the current indoor mask mandate during Wednesday’s Board of County Commissioners meeting. Mecklenburg County Health Director Dr. Raynard Washington is expected to recommend that the mask mandate be dropped. The vote will follow after Washington’s recommendation. The mandate has been in effect since August, following the […]

Anyone who has been to the emergency room recently would probably agree that the hospitals are slammed with patients. To help combat the number of overcrowded emergency departments, Atrium Health has opened a new location in Mountain Island. It is located at the  Highway 16 and Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road intersection, near the Mountain Island Marketplace […]

With new COVID-19 variants becoming more contagious, it may be time to toss that cloth mask out for a medical-grade one. Starting next week, the Biden Administration will begin making 400 million N95 masks available to Americans at no cost. Masks will be available for pickup at pharmacies and community health centers. Distrubtion will start […]

StarMed Healthcare is not only providing COVID-19 tests, it is also providing the first antiviral pill to treat COVID-19. The pill is available to treat adults with mild to moderate symptoms. The pill named molnupiravir is most effective when taken within five days of being diagnosed with COVID-19. Clinical trials showed that the pill reduced patient hospitalization […]