Dr. Mandy Cohen, the secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, is stepping down, WUNC has confirmed. She quickly became the public face of North Carolina's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
New state data shows more than 1.3 million of the roughly 8.2 million North Carolina adults who qualify for a COVID-19 booster shot — or one in six eligible residents — have gotten the extra protection against a virus that has killed about 775,000 Americans.
At the beginning of November, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported less than half of the funds had been either spent or obligated to schools for reimbursements. The funds must be used by the end of June.