Before COVID-19

Before COVID I didn’t visit folk and folk didn’t visit me.

Before COVID I enjoyed going to church and I still do because I have no problem with attending online.

Before COVID I used to eat inside restaurants but I have not eaten inside one since the COVID.

Before COVID I talked to folk and that has not changed other than I may not talk to some of the same folk but that is no big deal, we talk if we talk.

Before COVID I used to attend meetings videoing them and sharing them on YouTube but since the COVID I don’t have to attend them in person because they are being livestreamed and I love it. I can attend from home and the good part about that I can multi-task while on ZOOM.

Before COVID I was good and since the COVID I am good because I don’t have to visit folk in person. I don’t have to go inside of the church walls to get the message. I don’t have to eat inside of a restaurant. I don’t have to go to meetings in person.

So while some folk are excited about the restrictions being lifted on COVID, I am good because my life haven’t changed to the point that I am worried about going back to doing things that I was doing Pre-COVID.

I am going to continue as if the restrictions are still in place so all of the things that were put in place, that is how I will continue to move forward.

Nedra Ruffin, daughter of David Ruffin of the Temptations, died May 19 of COVID-19

This obituary is part of “We Will Remember,” a series about those we’ve lost to the coronavirus.

Nedra Ruffin, daughter of the late R&B singer David Ruffin of the Temptations, was described as a loving, kind, sweet individual with a heart of gold.

Ruffin, 58, died May 19 at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak as a result of complications from COVID-19.

The Detroit resident attended Mumford High School in Detroit, and her career included modeling and bartending. She also did direct care work with hospice patients and taught ballroom dancing and hustle classes.

“She loved to dance,” said her daughter Terea Frazier. (Read more)

Pace of new virus cases slows but remains steady

While the increase in positive cases is not what it once was, there remains a steady increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the Twin Counties.

With increases in both Nash and Edgecombe counties, the total number of cases is closing in on 17,000 — Nash County now reports 11,088 cumulative cases while Edgecombe is reporting 5,529.

Those numbers represent an increase of 58 since Monday in Nash County and 34 in Edgecombe County and bring the total number of cases to 16,617 in the Twin Counties.

The number of deaths remains the same in each county — 183 in Nash and 113 in Edgecombe. (Rocky Mount Telegram)

Pitt County middle school going virtual after COVID-19 cases

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) – A Pitt County middle school is going virtual after reported cases of COVID-19.

Pitt County Schools says that cases of COVID-19 and related quarantines are impacting E.B. Aycock’s 8th grade classrooms.

“Out of an abundance of caution, these classrooms will be closed for face-to-face learning and will move to virtual instruction until Tuesday, May 11, 2021, when students can return,” the system said. (Read More WITN)

Virus cases, deaths still rising in area – Rocky Mount Telegram

Local health officials are urging residents to take advantage of the opportunities to get either the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, since that vaccine has now been “unpaused” by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Though fewer people are seeking the COVID vaccine, local cases of COVID are still on the rise and two more Nash County deaths were reported Monday.

Nash County Health Director Bill Hill said Monday that 114 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported since Thursday in Nash County.

Another 63 new cases of COVID-19 were reported since Thursday in Edgecombe County, bringing the cumulative confirmed positive cases in the county to 5,418.

As of last week, 113 Edgecombe County residents were reported to have succumbed to COVID-19. (Read More)

Clinic offers free beer for vaccinations

When it comes to encouraging people to get the COVID-19 vaccine, there have been some different approaches taken.

In Sterling Heights, Mich., a drive-thru site was held indoors in what was once a Sears Automotive Center. In Jenks, Okla., a clinic was held at the Oklahoma Aquarium where, after getting the vaccine, people could purchase a ticket and tour the aquarium.

And of course, there is the effort to reward folks who got the vaccine with a free donut every day for the rest of the year from Krispy Kreme.

In Tarboro, there was a different twist on delivery altogether — “A Shot for a Shot.”

Thorne Drug, which has served Tarboro and Edgecombe County for 70 years and whose owners are members of Calvary Episcopal Church, reached out to Dee Shaffer, the rector at Calvary, who had the idea to hold the vaccination clinic at Tarboro Brewing Co. and offer an incentive.

The clinic was part of Calvary’s Christian Social Ministries.

Each person who received a dose of the Pfizer vaccine — a shot — got a free pint of beer from the brewery. (Read More: Rocky Mount Telegram)

COVID Vaccines Thorne Drugs Sponsored

Covid Vaccines at Thorne Drug Tarboro Walk-in accepted!


Wednesday April 14 4 PM – 8 PM 

Tarboro Brewing

If you get your shot you get a free pint of beer. We’re calling it “A Shot for a Shot.

Saturday April 17, 2021 9:00 AM

Community Center Pinetops

Salvation and Deliverance Church Tarboro

Virus cases continue to climb in area | Local News |

As Edgecombe County crosses the 5,000 mark of COVID cases and new Nash County cases remain in the triple digits, local health officials say they are somewhat concerned about another perceived surge in cases.

According to the state Department of Health and Human Services, a cumulative total of 5,010 cases of COVID-19 have been reported among Edgecombe County residents. That represents 62 new COVID cases that have been reported since Friday among Edgecombe County residents.

Last weekend, 44 new cases were reported in Edgecombe County.

Click On Source To Read Entire Article: Virus cases continue to climb in area | Local News |

This Mentions COVID-19 Cases But No Deaths But I Know Of Atleast 1 Death And I Am Quite Sure It Is More

The Political Agitator’s response: This is why I have a problem with the relaxation of the restrictions.

Edgecombe County has 130 new COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days according to NC Deparment of Health and Human Services.

Click On Source.

Source: Facebook

COVID-19 Funeral Assistance |

The Political Agitator’s response: Well I guess she will be ready to get that money too! Hell she got all the other stuff that belonged to my uncle with that Will that was created.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought overwhelming grief to many families. At FEMA, our mission is to help people before, during and after disasters. We are dedicated to helping ease some of the financial stress and burden caused by the virus.

Under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, FEMA will provide financial assistance for COVID-19-related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

We are working with stakeholder groups to get their input on ways we can best provide this assistance, and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.

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Source: COVID-19 Funeral Assistance |

OIC Vaccinations New Morning Star Church Of Christ Today Sunday March 21, 2021

OIC of Rocky Mount

 is at

New Morning Star Church of Christ
OVER 2000 COVID Vaccines Given at OIC and Still Counting…Claim YOUR Shot TODAY!!


Join Us at New Morning Star Church of Christ This Weekend from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm for our biggest vaccination event thus far.


Need to Pre-Register for your appointment group slot?
Call: 252-210-9019
Email your Name, Phone Number, and DOB to:
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But the TV didn’t highlight this when they came to town. Mayor Sandy Claus didn’t mention it either.

COVID-19 Vaccinations Sunday Walk-Ins Appointments Accepted

“WALK-INS AND APPOINTMENTS ACCEPTED FOR COVID19 VACCINATIONS SUNDAY” A COVID19 vaccination drive will be held Sunday, March 21, 2021 from 9am to 3pm at the Morning Star Baptist Church, 225 S Glendale Avenue in Rocky Mount. This event is sponsored by OIC Rocky Mount
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NC counties hardest hit by COVID push to catch up in vaccinations

The Political Agitator’s response: Interesting! The Rocky Mount Branch NAACP addressed the Edgecombe County and Nash County Commissioners/Health Department for them to reach out to the Black community, churches and etc. to help with the vaccinations.

I always find it interesting how some things make it in the news.

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WTVD) — Earlier this week, Gov. Roy Cooper touted North Carolina’s speed in vaccinating adults against the virus that causes COVID-19. According to the latest data from NCDHHS, more than 17% of the population older than 18 is fully vaccinated.

However, not all of North Carolina’s counties are vaccinating residents at the same rate. In fact, the ABC11 I-Team found that some of the communities hardest hit by the pandemic were slowest to adopt vaccinations, while communities with low infection rates have some of the highest vaccination rates.

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Source: NC counties hardest hit by COVID push to catch up in vaccinations – ABC11 Raleigh-Durham

Mask Forever!

I will wear my mask forever because I strongly feel they work.

I have not had a cold this year and I usually get one every year.

So no matter what other folk do, I am going to do me.

OIC of Rocky Mount encourages ALL who are interested in receiving the COVID Vaccine to pre-register to claim your shot.


OIC of Rocky Mount encourages ALL who are interested in receiving the COVID Vaccine to pre-register to claim your shot.

Vaccines will be distributed on a First Come, First Serve rollout according to current state eligibility guidelines.

By Appointment and Walk-In THIS WEEKEND ONLY

Saturday, March 20 and Sunday March 21 EVENT SITE INFO

New Morning Star Church of Christ

225 S Glendale Drive

Rocky Mount, NC 27801

9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Need to Pre-Register for your appointment slot? Please use one of the methods below:

Complete this form:

Call: 252-210-9019

Email your Name, Phone Number, and DOB to:




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