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TRIAD — The number of people in North Carolina hospitals being treated for COVID-19 has increased every day since Christmas and hit 4,098 on Tuesday, the highest since the pandemic began, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported on Wednesday.

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GUILFORD COUNTY — The Guilford County Board of Education will keep its mask mandate for students and employees for at least another month.

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HIGH POINT — The surge in COVID-19 cases because of the omicron variant is straining the delivery of health care like no time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic 22 months ago, the CEOs of the Triad’s three health systems said in an unprecedented joint briefing Monday.

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HIGH POINT — High school students may have to ride city buses to get to school for at least two weeks because many school bus drivers are temporarily out of work after testing positive for COVID-19, school officials say.

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GUILFORD COUNTY — The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has called a special meeting for Thursday, Jan. 13, in its Board of Health role to consider reinstating a face mask mandate as result of the post-holiday surge in COVID-19 infections.

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GUILFORD COUNTY — The Guilford County Board of Health has ended its countywide mask mandate, but masks are still required in county offices and Guilford County Schools.

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GREENSBORO — Cone Health announced Monday that 68 employees have been dismissed for declining to get a COVID-19 vaccine, the second major Piedmont Triad health system to make such a move.

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WASHINGTON — The U.S. gave full approval to Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday, a milestone that could boost public confidence in the shots and spur more companies, universities and local governments to make vaccinations mandatory.

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HIGH POINT — The Guilford County Division of Public Health will hold a COVID-19 vaccination clinic outside Oak Hill Elementary School from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday.

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RALEIGH — As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are once again on the rise in North Carolina, state officials have said 13 of the state’s 100 counties demonstrate at least “substantial” community spread of the disease.

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LENOIR — A North Carolina pharmaceutical company is planning to begin production of COVID-19 vaccine soon, the company’s leader told a congressional committee this week.

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HIGH POINT — A recent study by medical researchers offers a look at what may become the sobering consequences of doing away with mask requirements, social distancing mandates and other COVID-19 emergency orders.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Starting this week, The High Point Enterprise will scale back its publication of this column, which started at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020 when case numbers and deaths were rising rapidly. As vaccinations have spread, case numbers and particularly deat…

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GUILFORD COUNTY — Despite Gov. Roy Cooper’s relaxation of some COVID-19 restrictions, Guilford County officials warn that residents should not get too close or comfortable.

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Crews began demolition of the former Roy B. Culler Jr. Senior Center this week. The city sold the property to the neighboring Nido & Mariana Qubein Children’s Museum, which plans to use the lot as part of its campus. The city plans to use space in the High Point Community Center at Oak H…

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(If you’d like us to include a listing, please email details to jfeeney@hpenews.com)Coronavirus case numbers reported so far:

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HIGH POINT — As a critical care physician, Dr. Ashish Khanna understands that patients sometimes die, despite his best efforts to save them. It comes with the territory.

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GUILFORD COUNTY — Guilford County officials are trying to reassure Department of Social Services employees worried about their own health after the death of a coworker who tested positive for COVID-19.

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The more highly contagious variant of COVID-19 that originated in the United Kingdom has been found in a patient in Guilford County, local health officials said Thursday.

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GREENSBORO — A Guilford County Sheriff’s Office deputy working as a courthouse bailiff in Greensboro has died after contracting COVID-19 earlier this week.

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RANDOLPH COUNTY — Even as numbers stabilize in many parts of the area, two more people died over the weekend from COVID-19 in Randolph County, according to health officials.

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RANDOLPH COUNTY — Another death determined to have been from COVID-19 was reported Monday in Randolph County, bringing its total to 49 after a week in which the county lost three of its residents.

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HIGH POINT — High Point University has reported its first three cases of COVID-19 virus infections for the new semester that started with in-person classroom instruction on Tuesday.

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RANDOLPH COUNTY — Three Randolph County nursing homes and the county’s detention center have reported active cases of COVID-19 at their facilities within the last month, according to a document produced last week by a state agency.

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THOMASVILLE — Almost two weeks after the family of a Thomasville High School graduate who attended virtual graduation reported the student had tested positive for COVID-19, Thomasville City Schools has had to reevaluate procedures.