Coronavirus

N.C. reports more than 1,700 new COVID-19 cases and 9 more deaths

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is continuing to track confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths.

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  Under virus strain, Europe’s leaders plead at UN for unity

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Tailgating not allowed on property as Panthers prepare for home games at 7 percent capacity

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  2 charged for handling of virus outbreak at Mass. veterans home where 76 died

  Drugmaker Novavax begins late-stage vaccine trial in UK

  Misreported Deaths: Government count of nursing home COVID-19 cases still inaccurate despite criticism

  New Hanover County Schools stocks up on PPE for start of plan B

  Democrats to redraft virus relief in bid to jump-start talks

  Fraud, backlogs disrupt US unemployment benefit payments

United to offer COVID testing for some travelers

United Airlines will offer coronavirus testing on flights from San Francisco International Airport to Hawaiian airports. Passengers with negative results won't have to quarantine for two weeks.

  Annual Lennon tribute, in 40th year, goes online

There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon’s 80th birthday, not on the tribute’s 40th year.

  Drug companies work jointly to boost vaccine confidence

The comments come as scientists scramble to develop a vaccine that would protect the public from a pandemic that has killed nearly 1 million people worldwide.

  US experts vow ‘no cutting corners’ as vaccine tests expand

A huge international study of a COVID-19 vaccine that aims to work with just one dose is getting underway as top U.S. health officials sought Wednesday to assure a skeptical Congress and public that they can trust any shots the government ultimately approves.

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

New Year’s Eve in Times Square incorporates virtual elements

Plasma from Red Cross blood donors helps people with COVID-19

  COVID or flu? Doctors urge children get the flu vaccine so symptoms aren’t mistaken

  South by Southwest announces online 2021 festival

CDC’s Halloween guidance discourages activities like trick-or-treating due to COVID-19

‘We are excited’; Panthers ready to have fans at games after N.C. governor’s announcement

The Carolina Panthers are excited and ready to welcome some fans back at Bank of America stadium after Governor Roy Cooper said he’ll likely allow it to happen by next week.

  House easily passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown

Democrats and Republicans in a bitterly divided U.S. House have voted to take a government shutdown off the table this fall, giving a big, bipartisan vote to a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night.

  CDC to delay vote on who will get COVID vaccine

There’s general agreement among the CDC panel that frontline health care workers should be the first to get a vaccine when one is approved, but who gets priority after that?

  ‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000

The bleak milestone, by far the highest confirmed death toll from the virus in the world, was reported by Johns Hopkins, based on figures supplied by state health authorities.

  NFL fines coaches, teams for not covering faces

The league levied hefty fines of $100,000 per coach and $250,000 per club.

  Cooper: State plans to allow larger outdoor event venues to open at 7% capacity starting Oct. 2

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are scheduled to give an update on COVID-19 Tuesday, Sept. 22.

  Steakhouse chain Sizzler files for bankruptcy amid pandemic

Sizzler USA, one of America’s first casual restaurant chains, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as it struggles amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Debunked Nashville COVID story prompts differing responses on Fox News

The story came from a Thursday report by Nashville’s Fox affiliate WZTV on “leaked emails” that the station retracted late Friday upon learning that they didn’t mean what its reporter thought they did.

  Airline denies mom and son, 2, after he refused to wear mask

A New Hampshire woman was not allowed to stay on an American Airlines flight with her 2-year-old son because he would not wear a mask as the airline requires.

  CDC changes, then retracts, web posting on how virus spreads

The top U.S. public health agency stirred confusion by posting — and then taking down — an apparent change in its position on how easily the coronavirus can spread from person to person through the air.

  NHC Board of Education votes for AA/BB model for returning students to class

New Hanover County (NHC) Board of Education voted to approve the transition to Plan B using an AA/BB model instead of a three-week rotation schedule at a special board meeting Monday night.

UPDATE: NHC Schools postpone virtual town halls for Plan B transition

New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) will host a series of virtual town hall meetings for families on the district’s transition to Plan B.

  Pine-Sol cleaner approved for killing coronavirus on hard surfaces

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved Pine-Sol’s original cleaner as a product that can kill coronavirus on frequently used surfaces.

  US cruises vow 100% testing in plan for resuming sailing

The plan permits limited shore excursions and requires passengers to wear masks and stay apart from other people during those excursions. Passengers who don’t comply won’t be allowed to reboard.

  NCDHHS launches new app to alert people of recent exposure to COVID-19

A new exposure notification app called, “SlowCOVIDNC,” has just been launched by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) to help slow the spread of the virus.

“I am scared”: Covid-weary teacher prepares will instead of lesson plans

Covid-weary teacher prepares will instead of lesson plans

Watchdog: Millions in danger of missing virus relief payouts

The Government Accountability Office, Congress' auditing arm, said in a report Monday that possibly 8.7 million or more individuals who are eligible for the economic impact payments have yet to receive those payments because of inadequate IRS and Treasury Department records.

  US nears 200,000 virus deaths; Europe adopts tougher restrictions as infections surge

Health authorities in the U.S. are deeply worried about the resumption of school and college and the onset of cold weather, which will force more people indoors.

  Milwaukee family of 4 evicted despite national COVID-19 eviction moratorium

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention instituted a national eviction moratorium in early September that lasts through the end of the year.

  Boy, 11, warned after wearing ‘inappropriate’ Hooters face mask to Fla. school

The principal called the Hooters mask "offensive to women and inappropriate," and the school district says it violates student dress code.

  Biden to focus on health care in Supreme Court debate

Joe Biden is using the sudden Supreme Court vacancy to reinforce his argument that the upcoming election should be a referendum on President Donald Trump’s handling of health care and the coronavirus.

Tadej Pogacar wins COVID-defying Tour de France

In a stunning performance for the ages, Tour de France rookie Tadej Pogacar won cycling’s showpiece race Sunday on the eve of his 22nd birthday.

Confirmed case of COVID-19 at a Columbus County School

A spokesperson for Columbus County Schools says there is a confirmed case at Hallsboro Artesia Elementary School.

  “Save Our Town America” helps local business during COVID-19

Since March, the coronavirus has put a strain on local businesses; unfortunately, some haven’t survived and have closed for good.

Brunswick County Board of Education calls emergency meeting

The Brunswick County Board of Education (BCBE) announced Friday it will hold a special meeting Tuesday, September 22 at 2:00 p.m. to discuss the options for K-5 students.

  NCDHHS permits limited family spectators at college football games

The NCDHHS has released that universities and colleges that are following COVID-19 safety protocols can allow two family member spectators per athlete for up to 350 total per event.

  CDC drops controversial testing advice that caused backlash

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention essentially returned to its previous testing guidance, getting rid of language posted last month that said people who didn’t feel sick didn’t need to get tested.

  COVID measures could keep flu in check this year

The same measures we've been using to slow the spread of COVID-19 – like mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing – can also help stop the spread of flu.

  Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups

Many thousands of volunteers from minority groups are needed for huge clinical trials underway or about to begin.

Canada extends U.S. border restrictions to Oct. 21

Americans who are returning to the U.S. and Canadians who are returning to Canada are also exempted from the border closure.

  Drug shows promise in 1st largely minority COVID-19 study

Switzerland-based Roche reported the results for tocilizumab, sold now as Actemra and RoActemra for treating rheumatoid arthritis and some other diseases.

  COVID on Campus: At the largest universities, data vary widely and lacks transparency

Only around a quarter of the nation's largest universities publicly release active COVID-19 case information. Public health experts say the more data available, the better.

  Dept. of Labor data shows long waits for unemployment payments

Unemployment data from the USDOL shows how long it took some people to get paid as claims in NC top 1.2 million.

  Cooper: Elementary students can return to school for in-person instruction under Plan A

Beginning Oct. 5, public school districts in North Carolina will have the option to send elementary school students in grades K-5 to school full-time for in-person instruction which is known as Plan A, Governor Roy Cooper announced on Thursday.

Twisted Sister singer to anti-maskers: Don’t use our song

In a tweet Wednesday, Snider called the stunt “moronic,” and shared a video that was recorded by an upset customer inside the Target at Coral Ridge Mall in Fort Lauderdale.

House condemns racism against Asian Americans amid pandemic

The House has voted to condemn racism against Asian Americans tied to the coronavirus outbreak.

  Infection rates soar in college towns as students return

Dozens of infections have been blamed on off-campus parties, prompting university officials to admonish students.

‘The Batman’ resumes UK production after positive COVID case

The U.K. production of “The Batman” is starting up again after being shut down earlier this month when an individual tested positive for COVID-19.

  COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US

The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell last week to 860,000, a historically high figure that reflects economic damage from the coronavirus outbreak.

  August US home building slides 5.1% after months of gains

U.S. housing construction fell a surprising 5.1% in August after three months of strong gains when home builders ramped up projects following a pandemic-induced shutdown in March and April.

  In town hall, Trump denies downplaying virus, casts doubt on mask usage

Face-to-face with everyday voters for the first time in months, Trump was defensive but resisted agitation as he was pressed on his administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and why he doesn’t more aggressively promote the use of masks to reduce the spread of the disease.

Health official on leave amid political interference furor

The Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that Michael Caputo was taking the time “to focus on his health and the well-being of his family.”

NC GOP leaders, parents call on Cooper to allow in-person classes citing negative remote learning impacts

Republican state leaders and a group of parents called for Gov. Roy Cooper (D) to allow full-time, in-person classes Wednesday, citing their concerns about the negative impacts remote learning is having on kids and families.

Study hints antibody drug may cut COVID-19 hospitalizations

A drug company says that partial results from a study testing an antibody drug give hints that it may help keep mild to moderately ill COVID-19 patients from needing to be hospitalized, a goal no current coronavirus medicine has been able to meet.

  Trump disputes health officials, sees mass vaccinations soon

In a report to Congress and an accompanying “playbook” for states and localities, federal health agencies and the Defense Department sketched out complex plans for a vaccination campaign to begin gradually in January or possibly later this year.

  Supreme Court to stick with arguments via telephone, for now

With 87-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg being treated for cancer and five of her colleagues also age 65 or older, the court is taking no chances that putting the justices in close proximity to each other might make them more vulnerable to catching the virus.

  Ky. father finds out he has stage 4 cancer after getting tested for COVID-19

The father is determined to make memories to give his son something to hold on to when he’s gone.

Candidates for New Hanover County Board of Education take part in virtual forum

Candidates running for the New Hanover County Board of Education gathered virtually Tuesday evening in a forum sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear, YWCA Lower Cape Fear and the North Carolina Coastal Federation.

  Poll: Americans worry politics will rush vaccine

A new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation shows 62% of Americans believe political pressure from the White House will cause the Food and Drug Administration to approve a vaccine before it's found to be safe and effective.

  NHC Schools Board of Education approves move to Plan B

The New Hanover County Board of Education voted 6-1 Tuesday night to allow students to return to the classroom in Plan B.

  Coronavirus deaths in kids echoes toll in adults, CDC says

A detailed look at COVID-19 deaths in U.S. kids and young adults released Tuesday shows they mirror patterns seen in older patients.

  Experts worry as US virus restrictions are eased or violated

State and local officials around the U.S. are rolling back social-distancing rules again after an abortive effort over the summer, allowing bars, restaurants and gyms to open.

World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers' new ballpark in Arlington, Texas, as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players' association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since 1944.

  Pelosi: House to stay in session until COVID-19 rescue pact

Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will remain in session until lawmakers deliver another round of COVID-19 relief.

NCDHHS expands COVID-19 testing capacity by selecting additional vendor

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday the selection of Optum Serve to expand testing capacity in the state.

Virus brings Mexican toilet paper to US

Demand for toilet paper has been so high during the pandemic that in order to keep their shelves stocked, retailers are buying up foreign toilet paper brands, mostly from Mexico.

  ‘Certified young person’ Paul Rudd teams up with N.Y. Gov. Cuomo for mask-wearing PSA

The PSA features Rudd, who is 51, dressed up in a bright yellow hoodie with sweatpants.

  Trump defies virus rules as ‘peaceful protest’ rallies grow

Democratic governors and local leaders have urged the president to reconsider the events, warning that he’s putting lives at risk. But they have largely not tried to block the gatherings of thousands of people, which Trump and his team deem “peaceful protests” protected by the First Amendment.