Coronavirus

  Family learns of NY nursing home resident’s death of coronavirus from funeral home

More than half the nursing home residents and 10% of the workforce have tested positive for COVID-19, according to New York state data.

  Farm aid program opens for applications Tuesday

  Stocks rise on Wall Street, but US braces for 100,000 deaths

Walt Disney World presenting plans for reopening parks

Ky. Gov. Beshear condemns rally where he was hung in effigy

NHL adopts 24-team playoff format if it can resume season

US closes probes into 3 senators over their stock trades

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

  Deadlocked Congress shifts virus focus to small business aid

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

  What psychiatric problems can follow a severe case of COVID-19?

Six Flags announces new safety measures for when parks reopen

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

  Dangerous blood clots pose a perplexing coronavirus threat

Doctors and scientists at dozens of hospitals and universities around the globe are seeking answers while trying to measure virus patients’ risks for clots and testing drugs to treat or prevent them.

  Bell rings but trading floor chaos subdued as NYSE reopens

The trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange reopened for the first time in two months with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ringing the iconic bell, but the controlled chaos was more subdued Tuesday under new pandemic rules.

N.C. reports 176 new COVID-19 cases as total passes 24,100

North Carolina health officials reported 176 new coronavirus cases Monday.

Coronavirus-related cases in NC now at 24,100; 766 deaths reported

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

  Worker shortage concerns loom in immigrant-heavy meatpacking

  Pandemic precautions alter airport security procedures

  Boy Scout, 13, plays ‘Taps’ nightly outside NJ veterans’ home hit by coronavirus

  Don’t be a PPE litterbug

  Pandemic brings smaller, subdued Memorial Day observances

  Trump honors war dead in events colored by pandemic’s threat

Ewing out of hospital after being treated for COVID-19

The 57-year-old Hall of Famer, who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks in the NBA, announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital.

  NY Times publishes names of lives lost to virus on front page

They gathered information about victims from across the country and pointed out that they represent only about 1% of the total number.

  How to stay safe while stepping out during a pandemic

By now, all 50 states have reopened to some degree and while experts are warning moving too fast could accelerate the COVID-19 pandemic, many are wondering if it is even safe to visit businesses.

  Biden makes 1st in-person appearance in more than 2 months

When Biden emerged on Monday, he wore a face mask, in contrast to President Donald Trump, who has refused to cover his face in public as health officials suggest.

UN virus therapy trial pauses hydroxychloroquine testing

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in light of a paper published last week in the Lancet that showed people taking hydroxychloroquine were at higher risk of death and heart problems, there would be “a temporary pause” on the hydroxychloroquine arm of its global clinical trial.

  High prices at grocery stores and supply chain disruptions expected to persist

Americans looking to get outside this holiday weekend, maybe fire up the grill, should be prepared to see high prices at grocery stores, especially cookout staples like ground beef and chicken.

  Crowds pack pool bar at Lake of the Ozarks amid pandemic

Pasmore said, while at Backwater Jack's, he didn't see anyone practicing social distancing.

  Trump threatens to move RNC without assurances from N.C. governor

Trump's tweets about the RNC, planned for Charlotte, come just two days after North Carolina recorded its largest daily increase in positive cases yet.

  Solemn rituals carry on with new precautions at Arlington National Cemetery

In the midst of a worldwide pandemic, honoring the nation’s fallen heroes looks a little different.

  1st deadlines approach for laid-off workers to get health insurance

The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that nearly 27 million workers and family members had lost job-based health coverage as of the start of this month.

  Memorial Day weekend draws crowds -- and triggers warnings

The U.S. is continuing a cautious state-by-state reopening, even as the president urged states to relax their lockdowns during the Memorial Day weekend.

White House imposes coronavirus travel ban on Brazil

The White House announced a ban on travel to the U.S. from Brazil due to the spread of coronavirus.

No fans, no problem: Some Coca-Cola 600 fans turn out anyway

Spectators weren't allowed inside Charlotte Motor Speedway for NASCARs longest race, the Coca-Cola 600. But that didn't stop some fans from making the trip and listening to the roar of engines from an an independently owned motorhome campground a few hundred yards from the track.

  US Muslims try to balance Eid rituals with virus concerns

With no congregational prayers or family gatherings, Salsabiel Mujovic has been worried that this year’s Eid al-Fitr celebration will pale.

  Memorial Day even more poignant as veterans die from virus

People around the country are struggling to find ways to honor fallen heroes on a Memorial Day like no other, with people avoiding crowds to prevent the spread of the virus.

CDC, states’ reporting of virus test data causes confusion

Public health officials say robust testing for the coronavirus is essential to safely lifting stay-at-home orders and business closures, but states are creating confusion in the way they are reporting the data.

  Trump’s pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021

President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall. He's asking them to trust him when it comes to an economic recovery.

  “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.

  FDA commissioner urges Americans to follow COVID-19 safety guidelines over Memorial Day weekend

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reminding Americans to remain vigilant against the coronavirus.

  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.

  White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days. It's not going to happen.

  Holiday amid pandemic: Americans divided on how to respond

The U.S. has been the hardest hit country, with more than 96,000 deaths among 1.6 million confirmed cases.

Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

President Donald Trump played golf Saturday for the first time since he declared the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency more than two months ago, leading to the shutdown of much of American society. His return to the course was the latest sign that he wants the country back to pre-outbreak ti

  Mo. hair stylist works while symptomatic, tests positive for coronavirus

Between May 12 and May 20, a stylist at a Great Clips came in contact with 84 clients and seven coworkers, who now all will be tested for the coronavirus.

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.

Trump’s disconnect with DC widens during viral pandemic

The capital city’s coronavirus death rate is higher than all but four states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Top UN official warns malicious emails on rise in pandemic

Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that “there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide.”

Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Hertz and its subsidiaries will continue to operate, according to a release from the company. Hertz's principal international operating regions and franchised locations are not included in the filing, the statement said.

  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.

Ex-Hoya, ex-Knick, current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has COVID

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.

  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.

Universal Orlando sets reopening date

The resort said it will begin welcoming guests again on June 5.

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.

Uber Eats rolls out more ‘Family Style Meals’

A full rollout in the United States and Canada will come by June.

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

The SEC’s announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.

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.

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

Tourists returning to Las Vegas will see changes since gambling stopped in mid-March for the first time ever to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

  Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

Many governments — even those where the virus is still on the rise — say they have to shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the disease can spread.

Matthew McConaughey delivers 110K face masks to hospitals in rural Texas

The actor is out delivering personal protective equipment to rural Texas hospitals.

  Big study casts more doubt on malaria drugs for coronavirus

Friday’s report in the journal Lancet is not a rigorous test of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, but it is by far the largest look at their use in real world settings, spanning 671 hospitals on six continents.

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.

  Livestreaming this weekend: Memorial Day, Harry Potter and Gibson guitars

The National Memorial Day Concert, Gibson Guitar's new show and a Harry Potter-themed play get a virtual premiere.

  Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch?

NASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons. Officials in Brevard County, home to the Kennedy Space Center, are rolling out the welcome mat in an effort to jump-start a tourism industry hit hard this spring by coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Trump orders flags at half-staff in memory of coronavirus victims

This will also be the scene at government buildings and national monuments throughout the U.S.

  AP-NORC poll: Many in US won’t return to gym or dining out

That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history.

  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.

  CDC estimates 35% of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic

The numbers are part of new guidance the CDC is providing leaders to help them from planning.

  Classic arcade game Pac-Man turns 40 on Friday

One of the most popular video games of all time is now 40 years old.

  Nation’s capital aims to start reopening May 29

Bowser on Thursday penciled in Friday, May 29 as a potential start date for phase 1 of the District of Columbia’s proposed three-phase reopening plan.

  Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak.

  'Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

Impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people in Washington state to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits.

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.

  GOP weighs jobless aid cuts to urge Americans back to work

As Americans confront a crisis unlike any in modern times, the world’s greatest deliberative body is doing almost anything but deliberate the coronavirus.

  Facebook to allow employees to work from home for the rest of 2020

CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes over the next five to 10 years, half of the company could be working remotely fulltime.