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DTH Photo Illustration. Only two weeks after students were expected to leave their on-campus housing and attend classes remotely, students living off-campus are struggling with internet accessibility.

Broadband Task Force discusses bringing internet to rural Orange County communities

Approximately 5,000 residential units in Orange County are not adequately serve with broadband, Jim Northrup, chief information officer for the county, said.  Orange County Commissioner Earl McKee was concerned that these internet access issues were amplified due to COVID-19. So he petitioned to start the Orange County Broadband Task Force, which held its first meeting on March 3. 

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Empty syringes wait to be prepared with a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021 in the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

'A shot in the dark': N.C. vaccine rollout poses questions about ethics and priorities

Since North Carolina started its vaccine rollout in December 2020, nearly 1 million residents have received their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. But while the promise of a return to a pre-pandemic life has offered respite for some, it has outlined a competitive and confusing pecking order for others.   

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‘I’ve been waiting for an opportunity’: Triangle Immigrants feel left out of vaccine process

Research from the Center for American Progress shows undocumented immigrants are more likely to work essential jobs in the United States, with an estimated 5 million of them in the workforce.  Katherine Ward, a community organizer for Refugee Community Partnership, said vaccinating immigrants is especially important because they have fewer opportunities to receive federal or state aid if they were to lose their jobs or stop working due to the virus.  “It is my hope and my prayer that (the vaccine) will make a difference in the lives and homes and the neighborhoods where immigrants and refugees live,”  Edgar Vergara, a pastor in Durham who oversees La Semilla, said.  

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National Archives (photo no. 286-MP-par-00334). Department of State. Agency for International Development. 1961-10/1/1979. Photo courtesy of UNC Media Hub. 

Living with a pandemic: Polio in the 1940s

For polio survivors, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is not the first infectious disease to upend their lives. Now, decades after polio ripped through North Carolina and the world, medical experts and researchers at UNC are looking to this past disease outbreak to give context to a modern one. 

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