• Updated

The Wilkes County Health Department has announced a schedule of Pfizer vaccination clinics at public high schools as part of an effort to get more young people vaccinated before the 2021-22 school year starts.

  • Updated

The Wilkes County Health Department is continuing an emphasis on vaccinating people for COVID-19 at churches, parks, events and other sites as part of a strategy of making it more convenient, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

  • Updated

Tyson Foods Inc. said one of its first seven “Bright Blue” health centers, designed to provide Tyson employees and their families easier access to quality healthcare, opens May 19 at 1600 River Street in Wilkesboro.

  • Updated

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported that 21.7% (14,857 people) of Wilkes residents were fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as of Monday.

  • Updated

Wilkes Health Department Director Rachel Willard said Friday that Wilkes County’s response to COVID-19 vaccinations remains at best at a plateau, prompting consideration of ending her department’s drive-through vaccination clinics.

  • Updated

Wilkes County Health Director Rachel Willard said COVID-19 vaccinations in Wilkes have leveled off, despite the local health department’s decision to make them available to everyone age 16 and older about two weeks ago.

  • Updated

COVID-19 vaccine will be available this week to all child care center and pre-K to 12th-grade personnel in Wilkes County who indicated they want it, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

  • Updated

A Wilkes Health Department COVID-19 first dose vaccination clinic that was moved from Thursday to Saturday due to expected inclement weather is canceled due to weather-related vaccine shipment delays statewide and nationwide, announced the health department Wednesday morning.

  • Updated

The Wilkes County Health Department has received extra manpower for its COVID-19 vaccine program after being flooded by people wanting vaccination appointments and apparently will get more.

  • Updated

The first meeting of a Wilkes County COVID-19 task force authorized by the Wilkes County commissioners and held Friday focused largely on how to encourage wearing facial masks and support the COVID-19 vaccination process locally.

  • Updated

The Wilkes County Health Department expects to have enough Moderna vaccine for administering over 1,100 first or second doses late this week, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

  • Updated

After about 300 people with appointments are vaccinated as planned in a drive-through COVID-19 clinic Thursday, the Wilkes County Health Department will have given nearly 3,000 first doses of the Moderna vaccine.

  • Updated

The Wilkes County Health Department received an additional 600 doses of the Moderna vaccine from Wilkes Medical Center today (Thursday) and is making them available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis today and Friday, announced Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard late this morning.

  • Updated

First doses of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 will be available by appointment in a Wilkes Health Department drive-through clinic Thursday starting at 10 a.m. at Lowe's Park at River’s Edge, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard.

  • Updated

Wilkes County School Superintendent Mark Byrd said providing the best instruction possible for academic growth and maintaining the well-being of students and staff will remain the primary focus in the second half of the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Updated

UPDATE: The Wilkes Health Department is getting 800 doses of the Moderna vaccine this week instead of the 200 originally announced due to Wake Forest Baptist Health deciding to let the health department have 600 doses that Wilkes Medical Center received Wednesday, said Wilkes Health Director…

  • Updated

The Wilkes County Schools have had 442 confirmed COVID-19 cases since Sept. 8, when all Wilkes elementary, middle and high schools transitioned from full-time remote learning to optional half-time remote and half-time in-person learning (A/B plan).

  • Updated

The Wilkes County Health Department’s COVID-19 drive-through vaccination clinics will be moved from the department’s rear parking lot on College Street, Wilkesboro, to Industrial Drive (old airport runway) at Lowe’s Park at River’s Edge next week, said Wilkes Health Director Rachel Willard o…

  • Updated

After averaging around 40 people each day Dec. 28-30, a drive-through COVID-19 vaccination clinic in the Wilkes Health Department’s rear parking lot off College Street in Wilkesboro drew about 300 people Dec. 31.

  • Updated

Wilkes County’s first shipment of COVID-19 vaccine is expected next week, but local and state officials still don’t know how much is coming.

  • Updated

About 40% of North Carolina residents responding to an Elon University Poll said they’ll take a COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA, nearly an equal number said “it depends” and the other 20% said they’ll decline.

  • Updated

The Wilkes Health Department reported three more COVID-19-related deaths of Wilkes residents Thursday, bringing the total reported so far this month to 11 and the total for the pandemic to 62.

  • Updated

RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled a modified stay-at-home order on Dec. 8 that requires the state’s roughly 10.5 million residents to stay off the roads between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

  • Updated

The Wilkes Health Department has adopted new recommendations for the duration of COVID-19-related quarantine as a result of new guidance adopted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

  • Updated

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) —Gov. Roy Cooper and public health officials on Tuesday unveiled a new alert system that encourages counties with high levels of coronavirus transmission to more aggressively enforce statewide health guidelines and punish noncompliant businesses.

  • Updated

Wilkes and other rural counties are leading North Carolina’s COVID-19 case growth per 100,000 people as the virus continues to surge across the state and nation, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

  • Updated

The governments of Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro are asking area residents to consider alternative Halloween activities this year due to a rise in COVID-19 cases locally, said North Wilkesboro Town Manager Wilson Hooper and Wilkesboro Town Manager Ken Noland in a statement released Friday.