Ninth New Hanover Co. resident dies from COVID-19

NC still lacks plan for regular mass testing in nursing homes

North Carolina lacks a plan for regular testing for staff and residents in nursing homes and lags other states in even ordering mandatory one-time testing. Experts say that could cost lives.

North Carolina sets new one day record for COVID-19 cases

Hospitalizations are also at a record high Saturday with 1,093 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19.

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Health officials say contact tracing is one of the key tools to controlling the spread of COVID-19.

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  Gov. Cooper: Announcement on schools coming next week

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  Health experts urge caution ahead of holiday weekend as coronavirus cases continue to climb in Cape Fear

North Carolina hit a record high new coronavirus case count Friday ahead of the Fourth of July weekend, underscoring concerns health experts already had ahead of the holiday.

‘Put the damn mask on’: Strong message from SC hospital chief medical officer

The Spartanburg Regional Healthcare Systems Chief Medical Officer has a clear message to the community.

Married 71 years, Ohio couple die from COVID-19 one day apart

Glenn and Gertrude Richardson’s 72nd anniversary would have been Friday.

  “It causes confrontation”: Business owners grapple with mask mandate

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Governor Cooper vetoes bills addressing the reopening of leisure facilities and entertainment venues

Governor Cooper vetoed bills on Thursday that would have allowed skating rinks, bowling alleys, gyms, amusement parks and arcades to open and would have modified the capacity of temporary outdoor seating for food and drink establishments.

  Service industry causing spike? Health officials address reports

There is no quantitative data that lists the workplaces of those who test positive for the novel coronavirus; health officials determine trends based on contact tracing and case investigation.

  ‘We want you to be smart’: Law enforcement prepares for a busy holiday weekend on the water

Officers want everyone to keep Gov. Cooper's executive orders in mind while celebrating the Fourth of July.

DOT launches safety campaign to prevent child deaths in hot cars: Park. Look. Lock

The U.S. Department of Transportation launched a public safety campaign July 1 to address child heatstroke deaths in hot cars across the country.

  No announcement planned today on public school future

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper was expected to make an announcement today, but his press office announced last night the coronavirus briefing Wednesday will not include a discussion of K-12 public school operations for this coming year.

  COVID-19 surcharge: why some businesses are tacking on an extra fee to your bill

Businesses are adding fees to help cover various costs that allow them to stay open during the pandemic.

New Hanover County COVID-19 cases surpass 1,000

After two weeks of the highest rates of daily case increase, the cumulative number of positive cases of COVID-19 reported by Public Health as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 30 is 1,018.

  NCDHHS partners with Omnicare to ramp up testing in North Carolina nursing homes

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and Omnicare, a CVS Health company, will make facility-wide coronavirus testing available to residents and staff beginning in July 2020.

  Mask FAQ: What you need to know about NC’s mask mandate

As of Friday, all North Carolinians must wear face coverings according to Executive Order No. 147.

  Wave Transit postpones fare reinstatement to a later date

Wave Transit has backtracked on its intention to reinstate fixed route bus fares and reopen its transfer facilities to a later, unspecified date.

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.

  Lt. Gov. Dan Forest addresses plans to sue Gov. Cooper’s administration

Forest, a Republican running against Cooper for governor in the November election, said the lawsuit is not a political move.

After midnight, legislature punts on NC’s anti-mask law

Back-and-forth talks over just what to do with North Carolina's anti-mask law broke down early Friday morning at the legislature, leaving an odd status quo in place.

  NHRMC releases COVID-19 data as state rep. demands NC harden virus directives to hospitals

Three months in, the Cape Fear region's main hospital is giving more details, but one state leader says more needs to be done.

  Local volunteers needed for first phase III coronavirus vaccine trial in the US

A Wilmington medical practice has been selected by Trial Management Associates, LLC (TMA) to conduct the first COVID-19 vaccine Phase III trial in the United States.

  ’Downtown Alive’ allows for expanded outdoor dining in Wilmington

Downtown Wilmington was more alive than it’s been in weeks after a vote by City Council allowed for the launch of “Downtown Alive,” which allows restaurants and retailers to take customer service off the sidewalks and into the streets.

New medical tower to open at NHRMC

Beginning Monday, June 29, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) will be able to treat patients at its new medical tower.

  As COVID-19 patients increase, hospitals prepare for surge

Leaders at health systems around the state say a combination of better medical care and larger stockpiles of protective gear mean they can handle surges in COVID-19 patients more effectively today than they could three months ago. But those same leaders warn that the additional capacity still has a

  NC Bar and Tavern Association calls governor’s Phase 2 extension ‘death warrant’ for local bars

Many North Carolina bars have been closed more than 100 days because of COVID-19 restrictions. Many owners believe their businesses should have been included in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening. Now that phase is extended, and bars will be closed at least three more weeks.

Three area sheriffs opt not to enforce Gov. Cooper’s mask mandate

At least two sheriffs in southeastern North Carolina do not plan to enforce Gov. Roy Cooper’s new executive order instituting a statewide mask mandate to stop the spread of COVID-19.

  Chief physician at NHRMC blames lack of masks wearing on cases tripling in NHC

Dr. Phil Brown, Chief Physician at NHRMC says people not wearing masks and two holiday weekends in the month of May is the reason for the number of positive COVID-19 cases tripling.

Duke University scholars weigh in on challenges of validating, manufacturing a vaccine quickly

Scholars with Duke University and Duke-NUS weighed in on the challenges of validating, manufacturing, and distributing a vaccine for widespread use quickly.

  A look at COVID protocols for restaurants as cases surge and Phase 2 continues

North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 for at least the next few weeks, and that means restrictions on capacity at restaurants remains in place as well.

  NC House fails to override Governor Cooper’s veto of House Bill 594: gyms/health clubs/fitness centers

Governor Roy Cooper vetoed House Bill 594, a Bill that would have allowed gyms and health clubs to reopen with certain conditions in place.

  Gov. Cooper: State will stay in phase two of reopening; face coverings will be required

The discussion included the decision not to move into Phase 3 of NC's reopening process

  Wilmington council votes unanimously to approve temporary outdoor dining downtown

Wilmington City Council plans to discuss an idea to bring temporary outdoor dining areas to the downtown area during the coronavirus pandemic.

  The Republican primary election for Columbus County’s District 2 commissioner seat had to be re-done, coronavirus protections in place

Voters went to the polls in a re-do election in Columbus County.

North Carolina families and DSS benefit from improved Medicaid, Food and Nutrition Services apps

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) released improved online applications Tuesday to help applicants maintain social distancing when applying for these programs.

  More COVID-19 cases reported at Brunswick County congregate living facility

Universal Health Care of Brunswick has identified six more cases of COVID-19 at its facility in Bolivia, according to Brunswick County Health Services.

  Carolina Panthers, Lenovo team up to donate Chromebooks to Columbus County Schools

The Carolina Panthers Player Impact Committee and Lenovo announced they have partnered with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to help schools in need.

North Carolina reports nearly 37,000 have recovered from COVID-19

As of Monday afternoon, there have been 53,605 laboratory-confirmed cases of coronavirus with 1,223 deaths.