Sentara Healthcare now has access to commercial coronavirus tests; limits visitation

Sentara Healthcare now has access to tests for the coronavirus COVID-19 through commercial laboratories, the company said Wednesday. In a statement announcing limited visitation at its hospitals in Virginia and North Carolina, Sentara Healthcare also mentioned the tests, saying results can take up to four days. The commercial tests “are an option if patients do […]

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Second North Carolina resident tests positive for coronavirus-19

A second North Carolina resident, unrelated to the first case, has tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the state health department reported Friday. The test, conducted by the North Carolina State Laboratory of Public Health, is presumptively positive and will be confirmed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lab. The person, who […]

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Outer Banks property owners shocked by tax revaluation, but experts say alarm is premature

Many Dare County property owners got a shock when they received their seven-year tax revaluations this week. Property assessments for some went up as much as 80 and 90 percent, sparking worries about what coming real estate tax bills might look like. The alarm, local real estate experts say, is unwarranted. At least right now. […]

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Cape Hatteras National Seashore in 2019: From devastating storms to record visitation

Despite a 35-day government shutdown, Hurricane Dorian, Tropical Storm Melissa and an unnamed but intense November nor’easter, Cape Hatteras National Seashore visitation set a 16-year high in 2019. It was, no doubt, a challenging end-of-the-decade for the National Park Service’s Outer Banks Group, which includes Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the Wright Brothers National Memorial and […]

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Aquarium’s STAR Center reopens to public after mass sea turtle stranding

The STAR Center sea turtle hospital at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island reopened to visitors Monday, weeks after a mass stranding of cold-stunned sea turtles overflowed the facility. There are now 88 sea turtle patients in the center’s care. In mid-January, more than 100 sea turtles were found cold-stunned on the Outer Banks […]

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Unusual visitor: Injured puffin being treated on the Outer Banks

Hatteras Island Wildlife Rehabilitation has an unusual patient in its care — a puffin found in the woods in Buxton this weekend. The small seabird usually associated with more northern locales was found back on Rocky Rollinson Road over the weekend. Atlantic puffins are an unusual site around the Outer Banks, especially onshore. They generally […]

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UPDATE: First Flight schools closed today due to bomb threat posted on

    UPDATE: Per an update from the Dare County Sheriff’s Department, all three First Flight Schools have been cleared from the bomb threat posted on social media. These schools will remain closed for the remainder of the day. All three First Flight schools in Kill Devil Hills will be closed today, Wednesday, Dec. 18, after a […]

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There’s still time to help Ocracoke and Hatteras kids through USPS Operation Santa

Sixty-six children from Ocracoke and Hatteras islands have written to the jolly old elf through the U.S. Postal Service’s Operation Santa program, now in its 107th season of helping bring Christmas to cheer to those in need. The program, available only in select areas, added the two Outer Banks communities following Hurricane Dorian. The postal […]

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