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Afternoon News Update, 4/13/21

By Jackie Park

In local news, AppHealthCare and App State will pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to concerns about rare blood clots. The Appalachian reported that both the university and AppHealthCare will use the Moderna vaccine in place of the J&J. The FDA and CDC announced this morning that they both recommended a pause in using the dose after six women reported developing a rare disorder that causes blood clots. More than 6.8 million Americans have received the J&J vaccine.

In state news, North Carolina health officials say rapid COVID-19 testing should be part of school safety across the state. WFAE reported that with most schools returning to face-to-face instruction, symptom screening has been the primary means of monitoring for COVID-19. But, the doctor in charge of North Carolina’s COVID-19 operations center told the state board of education that weekly testing is much more effective. Dr. Aditi Mallick says weekly tests can reduce the number of positive tests in a school by up to 50%. Plus, the state already has the money to pay for testing, she says.

In national news, Floridians spotted a meteor shooting across their skies late Monday night. NPR reported that residents from West Palm Beach to Miami spotted a meteor on social media, broadcasts and on their home surveillance systems.

Now, here is your report. Today we’ll see a high of 66, a low of 46, and scattered showers

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