CFPUA expands open hours and reopens office on Chestnut Street
New Hanover County announces fifth COVID-19 related death

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

The intensifying spread of COVID-19 across the globe is causing major events and large group gatherings to be cancelled, people to stock up on disinfectants, and keeping students at home.

Prisons announce mass COVID-19 testing at Caswell Correctional after news investigation

North Carolina prison officials announced Friday that they will test all inmates at Caswell Correctional Center for COVID-19, with results expected next week.

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  New Hanover health officials identify COVID-19 outbreak at congregate care facility

New Hanover County health officials on Friday identified a COVID-19 outbreak at a local congregate care facility.

  Coronavirus-related deaths in NC increase by 32; cases near 26,500

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has been releasing a daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Saffo says all local restrictions above and beyond statewide order will be lifted

Wilmington mayor Bill Saffo discusses the city's next phase of its State of Emergency Declaration.

  ‘The virus isn’t going anywhere,’ Columbus County sees trends change as coronavirus case counts top 300

Columbus County continues to report the highest number of coronavirus cases and COVID-19 deaths in our part of eastern North Carolina.

  Top educators to be honored at home with sweepstakes-style celebrations

This year, with the coronavirus pandemic changing so many of our traditional moments, the folks in New Hanover County Schools are using some "Publishers Clearing House" inspiration to announce their educators of the year.

  New Hanover County Schools Board of Education discuss high school graduation ceremonies

The format for this year's high school graduation ceremonies was discussed during the New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Board of Education meeting on Tuesday night.

  Governor Cooper announces COVID-19 funds for public health and essential services

Federal funds for COVID-19 relief, to the tune of $85.4 million, will be distributed to more than 60 counties across North Carolina this week.

  Count on Me NC: Cape Fear businesses take pledge to keep customers, employees safe and healthy

Nearly 700 businesses in North Carolina have done the COVID-19 training developed by health officials.

  Gov. Cooper: It’s OK for political conventions to be political but pandemic response cannot be

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are holding a news conference Tuesday, May 26.

  Columbus Co. health officials report 3 additional COVID-19 deaths; total cases at 306

Columbus County health officials on Tuesday announced three additional COVID-19 related deaths and 12 new positive cases, which brings the county’s total to 306.

  Don’t be a PPE litterbug

Citizens urged to properly discard of masks and gloves

  “There’s so much kindness in this world”: Restaurant owner reacts to $1,000 tip

Not long after re-opening to dine-in customers Saturday, the staff at Famous Toastery in Wilmington were pleasantly shocked to find a $1,000 tip left for the team from a generous couple.

NC registers largest one day total of COVID-19 cases

“This is a notable and concerning increase," NCDHHS Secretary, Dr. Mandy Cohen, said.

  Battleship NC to open for visitors Tuesday

The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA plans to open back up for visitors starting this coming Tuesday morning.

  Hand sanitizing stations installed in Southport

The Southport Public Works Department installed hand sanitizing stations around the city.

  Boardwalk bustles again as restaurants reopen in Carolina Beach

The boardwalk in Carolina Beach saw the most guests thus far this season as restaurants reopened for sit-down dining on Friday, May 22.

  Cool way to show appreciation: ‘Heroes Work Here’ ice sculpture delivered to hospital

Michael Kowalski, also known as Ice Man Ski, thanked healthcare heroes with a pretty "cool" gesture.

NC breweries, wineries, distilleries allowed to reopen in Phase Two of state’s reopening process

Cooper issued Phase Two at 5 p.m. on Friday, meaning that restaurants can serve in its dining rooms at 50 percent and so long as they abide by the sanitization and social distancing guidelines.

Cape Fear Community College uses social media to recognize graduates

At the conclusion of the spring semester, Cape Fear Community College (CFCC) awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates to more that 750 students.

NHRMC Epidemiologist: Antibody tests great for research, vaccine development, less so for personal decision making

As the novel coronavirus pandemic has progressed, there has been an increased interest in the practice of antibody testing.

Senate leader demands answers after report about prison nurse’s COVID-19 death

Barbara Anne Stewart died May 7 at a Danville, Virginia, hospital at the age of 57, about a month after she tested positive for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

Cooper: State leading way on safety and best practices with Count on Me NC effort

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are expected to take part in a media briefing Friday as the state prepares for Phase 2 of its reopening.

  Wilmington mayor: Dressing rooms to open with requirements; capacity for hotels increasing to 50 percent

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo is expected to announce details of the next phase of the city’s State of Emergency Declaration on Friday.

The Division of Employment Security has granted an extension for unemployment benefits

Beginning May 22, people who have exhausted state unemployment benefits can apply for an extension through the federal Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.

Nurse’s COVID-19 death raises questions about delayed testing at NC prison

One week after the nurse died, prison officials began offering a limited run of free testing to staff members at off-site locations across the state.

Cohen discusses decision to not include gyms in Phase 2 of reopening

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force will hold a briefing on COVID-19 updates at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 21.

  First case of serious children’s illness linked to COVID-19 reported in North Carolina

To protect the family’s privacy, the patient’s age, and other specific information about the case will not be released.

  UNCW chancellor: Recommendations from fall planning team expected by May 29

The university’s Fall 2020 Planning Team is expected to complete its report of recommendations no later than May 29.

  Gym owners frustrated about having to stay closed

In a press conference on Wednesday, Governor Roy Cooper laid out the plans for Phase 2 of the reopening.

  Restaurants prepare to re-open

While frustrations are high among those businesses that cannot re-open under Governor Roy Cooper’s Phase 2 “Safer at Home” order like bars and gyms, restaurants are busy and in some cases a little frenzied trying to get ready for operating under the latest guidelines.

  North Carolina to make “careful step" toward Phase 2 of reopening

Gov. Roy Cooper is expected to discuss Phase 2 of reopening during a media briefing Wednesday afternoon.

  Despite ‘commitment,’ Trillium opts to go with Kentucky firm rather than Coastal Horizons for operation of controversial treatment center

A substance abuse treatment center that led to packed city council meetings and a lawsuit is once again raising concern — but this time with one of the very agencies that made it happen.

Interactive COVID-19 dashboard launched by NCDHHS

To keep up with the ever-changing COVID-19 statistics, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has launched an easy-to-follow interactive dashboard.

New Hanover County to continue expanded COVID-19 testing

New Hanover County will continue to offer expanded, community-wide COVID-19 diagnostic testing to residents in the weeks to come, based on the community’s need, officials announced on Wednesday.

  Salons prepare to reopen for phase two, gyms continue to wait

More businesses plan to reopen their doors once they get the go ahead from Gov. Cooper.

“Governor Roy” and “Dr. Mandy” to host Q&A session today for children

In a post on Facebook last night, the governor’s office explained that they take questions a lot from the media, so now it’s time to mix it up.

  City leaders to host virtual COVID-19 town hall meeting for minorities

City leaders to host virtual COVID-19 town hall meeting for minorities

  Town of Wrightsville Beach lifting restrictions on beach activities and more

Beginning Wednesday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m., Wrightsville Beach will open beaches and six parking lots and will lift restrictions on short-term rentals.

  NC restaurants eager to reopen take ‘just issued’ guidelines as positive sign

A list of guidelines for restaurants to reopen in North Carolina caught the attention of the restaurant, foodservice and hospitality industry Tuesday afternoon.