Hospitals worry about staffing as providers prepare for surge of Coronavirus patients

Ventilator and equipment shortages have been the primary topics of conversation around COVID-19, but there appears to be a shortage of personnel as well.

  LIVE: Coronavirus task force gives update as confirmed cases hit 1 million worldwide

The bleak news Thursday — 6.6 million new unemployment claims on top of 3.3 million last week — came as the competition for scarce ventilators, masks and other protective gear seemed to grow more desperate and deaths mounted.
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  Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

The number of U.S. deaths could range from 100,000 to 240,000 even if Americans continue to stay home and limit contact with others, experts predicted at a media briefing with President Donald Trump.

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  Social Security recipients will automatically receive stimulus check

Healthcare providers still accepting donations of medical supplies

  VIDEO: Paramedic nearly struck by alleged impaired driver while walking out of house

Power outage in Brunswick County impacting nearly 50,000 resolved

CSU forecast for the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season: active

Colorado State University meteorologists issued their annual Atlantic Hurricane Season outlook Thursday.
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  A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

The stunning report Thursday from the Labor Department showed that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk into a severe recession as businesses have shut down across the world.

  Over 1,800 people tested positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina; 16 deaths reported

  THE LATEST: Things to know about the COVID-19 in the Cape Fear

Two cats illegally dumped at Humane Society, authorities investigating

  Hospitality leaders see overwhelming response for NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

Culvert replacement project along Old Ocean Hwy. in Brunswick County to start April 13

  Orton Plantation conducting controlled burn of more than 450 acres today

  Making birthdays special during these trying times

  VIDEO: SABLE aviation unit welcomes first female pilot

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  ‘A battlefield behind your home’: Deaths mount in New York

Even as the virus has slowed its growth in overwhelmed Italy and in China, where it first emerged, hospitals in Spain and France are reaching their breaking points and the U.S. and Britain are bracing for incoming waves of desperately ill people.

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Christian McCaffrey launches ‘22 and You’ to raise money for medical workers during COVID-19 crisis

NCAA grants spring-sport athletes year of eligibility lost to coronavirus

The NCAA Division I Council voted Monday, March 30 to grant spring-sport athletes the year of eligibility they lost due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office asking for public’s help in identifying suspects in separate larceny cases

  First Alert Forecast: warm in the sun, chilly in the shade

NC sheriff’s deputy dies after fight against COVID-19, authorities say

From the hands and hearts of community members to the heads of heroes

  “There is hope. We’re going to get through this together”; United Way shares ways to help in COVID-19 response

Non-profit groups are quietly answering the call for help across our country and here in the Cape Fear as each day brings new questions about how to best deal with the coronavirus and all that it means for our community.
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  A nurse worked for a week while infected with the coronavirus. The hospital wasn’t testing staff.

A nurse says she worked for about seven days at two hospitals in New York City while infected with the coronavirus.

  Church launching drive-thru food pantry

  Furniture store manager in Wilmington cited for violating “stay at home” order

Wilmington pastor may be one of Southeastern North Carolina’s first coronavirus deaths

Employee at North Carolina General Assembly tests positive for COVID-19