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DPS has first confirmed COVID-19 case
Thursday, April 2, 2020
DURHAM – Durham Public Schools has received confirmation of an employee testing positive for COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case affecting a DPS employee or student. The employee was involved in food and instructional materials distribution through the Bethesda Elementary site. Since beginning the food distribution program on March 23, DPS
Coronavirus, sleep and your immune system
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
We’re living in interesting times these days with all the craziness surrounding coronavirus. In many parts of the country, we’ve seen a run on hand sanitizer and common everyday items such as toilet paper. And everyone is rightfully talking about hand washing and social distancing. But let’s not forget about our last line of defense, the
Sanitize your car to reduce the spread of COVID-19
Monday, March 23, 2020
Even as people around the country are avoiding large public gatherings, they still must get in their cars several times each day. People are taking precautions in public, but what about avoiding dangerous germs and bacteria that lurk in many common areas inside your car? According to a recent survey by CarRentals.com, 32 percent of drivers clean the
Coronavirus quarantines and your legal rights
Friday, March 20, 2020
The unknown is frightening. And with the spread of a deadly and communicable disease – the coronavirus is both – individual liberties may be temporarily sidelined to protect the larger community. Indeed, history has shown us that whenever the United States has encountered a biological threat, the government invariably weighs individual freedoms
N Carolina documents first case of COVID-19 community spread
Thursday, March 19, 2020
North Carolina’s governor said Thursday that the state has documented its first case of community spread of coronavirus as positive cases climbed to nearly 100 overall. Gov. Roy Cooper also said unemployment benefit requests had surged to 18,000 since he issued an executive order Tuesday loosening rules for claims as bars, restaurants and other
Minority patients benefit from having minority doctors
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
In today’s America, minority patients still have markedly worse health outcomes than white patients. The differences are greatest for black Americans: Compared to white patients, they are two to three times as likely to die of preventable heart disease and stroke. They also have higher rates of cancer, asthma, influenza, pneumonia, diabetes, HIV/AIDS
Limited coronavirus tests, cost uncertainty hamper NC effort
Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Private labs and universities are testing North Carolinians for the new coronavirus, according to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Dr. Mandy Cohen. Whether anyone tested will have to pay out of pocket for the test is unclear. Cohen said last week she did not know the scope of the testing effort by those companies and institutions, but if
Social distancing comes with social side effects
Monday, March 16, 2020
To fight the spread of coronavirus, government officials have asked Americans to swallow a hard pill: stay away from each other. In times of societal stress, such a demand runs counter to what evolution has hard-wired people to do: seek out and support each other as families, friends and communities. We yearn to huddle together. The warmth of our breath

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DPS has first confirmed COVID-19 case

DURHAM – Durham Public Schools has received confirmation of an employee testing positive