Coronavirus

  Empty seats, delivered feasts as virus changes Thanksgiving

Americans are marking the Thanksgiving holiday amid an unrelenting pandemic that has upended traditions at dinner tables all around the country.

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  Schools struggle to stay open as quarantines sideline staff

  Texas grandparents mail life-sized cutouts to family for holidays

  Americans risk traveling over Thanksgiving despite warnings

Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

  AstraZeneca manufacturing error clouds vaccine study results

  27 veterans die in COVID-19 outbreak at Illinois VA home

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  Picture of US economy is worrisome as virus inflicts damage

N.C. reports 1,800+ COVID-19 hospitalizations, record-high for third day in row

  A flipped flotilla keeps the annual tradition alive

N.C. closes prisons, moves inmates as COVID cases spike

  27 COVID deaths at Illinois vets nursing home prompts probe

  EU says first coronavirus vaccinations possible by Christmas

  Doctor simulates COVID-19 patient’s last moments to encourage virus precautions

The doctor encourages everyone to take precautions to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including mask wearing, social distancing and hand washing.

  Restaurant workers out of work again as virus surges anew

Restaurant owners — most of whom underwent shutdowns in the spring and summer — are finding the new round of closings challenging as colder weather sets in.

  Tips to host a smaller but memorable Thanksgiving meal

A turkey may be too large to serve at a smaller meal - there are some alternatives to consider.

  Retail stores prepare for the holiday shopping season under the new, stronger mask mandate

Governor Cooper's new executive order strengthening the mask mandate goes into effect Wednesday at 5 p.m.

  Hotel workers struggle amid coronavirus resurgence

  Keep the mask: A vaccine won’t end the US crisis right away

  International flyers may soon need to get coronavirus vaccinations

  Millions stick to Thanksgiving travel plans despite warnings

  Federal prisons to prioritize staff to receive virus vaccine

  Governor Cooper’s latest mandate requires masks while exercising indoors

  As virus case counts and statewide hospitalization numbers climb, hospitals prepare for a surge they hope can be avoided

Cape Fear region hospitals have room for patients now, but hospital leaders are urging the public to keep steady on precautions to avoid a surge.

  3rd major COVID-19 vaccine shown to be effective and cheaper

AstraZeneca is the third major drug company to report late-stage results for a potential COVID-19 vaccine as the world anxiously waits for scientific breakthroughs that will bring an end to a pandemic that has wrought economic devastation and resulted in nearly 1.4 million confirmed deaths.

  Two new clinical trials underway in Wilmington for COVID-19 vaccines

Two more clinical trials just got underway in Wilmington as researchers try to find a vaccine to fight COVID-19. Trial Management Associates (TMA), the same company that has been testing a vaccine for Moderna, was selected to test two new vaccines in production by other pharmaceutical companies.

  Shops, gyms to reopen in England under new COVID-19 plan

British Prime Boris Johnson confirmed to lawmakers Monday the government will lift the stay-at-home instruction on Dec. 2.

  Pandemic has taken a bite out of seafood trade, consumption

The coronavirus pandemic has hurt the U.S. seafood industry due to a precipitous fall in imports and exports and a drop in catch of some species.

  Regal owner Cineworld secures financial help until hoped-for reopening

Cineworld, which last month closed its cinemas in the U.S. and the U.K., has secured more than $750 million of new financing that it hopes will see it through the coronavirus pandemic.

  Military steps in to help in El Paso hospitals amid devastating COVID-19 surge

With El Paso hospitals and ICUs over capacity since last month due to one of the worst COVID-19 surges in the country, three Air Force medical teams have spent the past two weeks deployed to aid in the fight.

  First US immunizations for COVID-19 could arrive on Dec. 12

The head of the U.S. effort to produce a coronavirus vaccine says the first immunizations could happen on Dec. 12.

Macy’s flagship store honors essential workers with holiday window displays

The display for this challenging year - with the theme "Give, Love and Believe" - honors frontline workers who have performed so heroically during the pandemic.

  Wrong text strangers hold mini Thanksgiving to honor loved one who died from COVID-19

An Arizona grandmother and her grandson by choice have celebrated Thanksgiving together since they met through an accidental text message in 2016.

  FDA allows emergency use of antibody drug Trump received

U.S. health officials Saturday agreed to allow emergency use of a second antibody drug to help the immune system fight COVID-19, an experimental medicine that President Donald Trump was given when he was sickened last month.

  Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool reception even in statehouses that have seen outbreaks of the virus or where Republican governors have issued statewide mandates.

  Tenn. woman delivers baby while hospitalized with COVID-19

Now she’s sharing her experience with others and hopes they take the warning serious.

  Daily COVID-19 deaths in US reach highest level since May

The surging coronavirus is taking an increasingly dire toll across the U.S. just as a vaccine appears at hand, with the country now averaging over 1,300 COVID-19 deaths per day — the highest since the calamitous spring in and around New York City.

  COVID-19 patient opens up about her battle with the virus

In the hospital for a fifth day, Carolann Cotton, of Tabor City, hoped sharing her story about her battle with COVID-19 will compel others to take the risk seriously

  Health officials warn COVID-19 spread will get worse if people don’t answer contact tracing questions

As more cases pop up around Southeastern North Carolina there’s an increased push for contact tracing. It’s where health workers track down people who may have been exposed to the virus and let them know they may need tested as well.

NHC Schools pauses Grab & Go meal service for Thanksgiving holiday

The New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) Grab & Go meal service will not be available November 25, 26, and 27

  What does emergency use of a COVID-19 vaccine mean?

During a health crisis, the FDA can loosen its normal scientific standards to allow emergency use of experimental drugs, devices, vaccines and other medical products.

  Student heading home for the holiday? Get a virus test, colleges say

Thousands of cases have been connected to campuses since some colleges reopened this fall, forcing students to quarantine in dorms and shifting classes online.

  Health experts clash over use of certain drugs for COVID-19

Health officials around the world disagree on the use certain drugs for COVID-19, leading to different treatment options for patients depending on where they live.

Tyson suspends Iowa plant managers amid virus betting claim

At the time of the alleged betting, Tyson was resisting pressure from local officials to shut down the plant as a safety precaution. The company argued the plant, which can process nearly 20,000 hogs per day, was a vital market for farmers and critical to the meat supply.

  New Hanover County selected for pilot program to develop digital tool for COVID-19 reopening

New Hanover County is one of seven North Carolina counties involved in the initial pilot program to build a digital simulation platform that will help community leaders make informed decisions about COVID-19 reopening.

  Health experts urge caution on Thanksgiving, lest Turkey Day become the ‘Grinch that steals Christmas’

Health experts say actions at Thanksgiving will set the tone for the rest of the holiday season.

UNCW extends free COVID-19 testing through December

A federal grant made it possible to offer free testing to the public and participants can expect results in 2-3 days.

  EXPLAINER: What’s with the confusion over masks?

A lot of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus comes down to a seemingly simple concept: Wearing a mask.

  Restaurant owners hope for a mild winter, look for ways to keep customers warm outside

As it gets colder and colder, restaurants in the Cape Fear are scrambling to find ways to entice customer to eat outside.

  Sorry, Grinch. Virus won’t stop NORAD from tracking Santa

The North American Aerospace Defense Command has announced that NORAD will track Santa on Dec. 24, just as it has done for 65 years. But there will be some changes.

  Toilet paper limits, empty shelves are back as coronavirus surges

The biggest supply issue seems to be paper products: 21% of shelves that stock paper towels and toilet paper are empty, the highest level in at least a month.

  Texas boy, 4, loses both parents to COVID-19 just months apart

As they mourn, the family is urging others to do their part to help slow the spread of the coronavirus by wearing masks and staying safe.

  Pfizer files for authorization on coronavirus vaccine

Last week, the company announced its coronavirus vaccine appeared to be more than 90% effective.

  Volunteers still needed to test variety of COVID-19 vaccines

Multiple vaccines will be needed to meet global demand and help end the pandemic, raising concern that studies that still need to sign up thousands of volunteers could run short if people wait for an already OK’d option instead.

  Independent living center honors its office manager for keeping it COVID-19 free

Lake Shore Commons remains COVID free -- thanks to strict protocol and messaging by office manager Alexarose Ditre.

Columbus and Bladen counties offer free COVID-19 testing events

Free COVID-19 testing events are being held this week for residents of Columbus and Bladen counties.

Even with protections, thousands face eviction in N.C.

Thousands of North Carolinians have been forced from their homes this year, despite a pair of orders from the Governor banning evictions Leegraciea Lewis, who was forced from her apartment and is now living in an extended stay hotel, is one of them.

  Navajo Nation locks down for 3 weeks because of coronavirus surge

People can only leave their homes for emergencies or essentials; government offices and businesses must close. Learning moves online.

  Study: Face masks unlikely to hinder lung function during exercise

Researchers said there’s little evidence that wearing a face mask during physical activity significantly impacts lung function or makes any measurable difference for people who are in good health.

  States tightening anti-virus restrictions amid case surge

Between now and June 2022, state and local governments could be facing a shortfall or $400 billion or more by some estimates.

  Pfizer to test COVID-19 vaccine distribution in 4 states

Pfizer is planning to test distribution of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate in four states.

  Walmart to limit number of customers in stores amid coronavirus surge

Walmart has gone back to counting and monitoring how many customers enter and leave its stores.

  Some COVID-positive patients don’t believe virus is real, even as they’re dying, SD nurse says

The nurse says healthcare professionals need help from the public, including mask wearing and social distancing, to improve the situation, which she describes as being like a "horror movie that never ends."

  COVID-19 vaccine developed by Moderna receives validation following Phase 3 study

In this first analysis, of the 95 cases of COVID-19 observed, only five were detected in the vaccine test group versus 90 in the placebo group. This resulted in a vaccine efficacy rate of 94.5%.

  2nd coronavirus vaccine shows striking success in US tests

Moderna said its vaccine appears to be 94.5% effective, according to preliminary data from an ongoing study.

  Doctors recommend changes to Thanksgiving festivities to curb COVID-19 spread

Doctors are concerned about families spreading COVID-19 around the Thanksgiving table.

Internal email reveals 65 virus cases among WHO Geneva staff

Farah Dakhlallah, a WHO spokeswoman, confirmed the accuracy of the information about the case count in an email to the AP.

  Tokyo Olympic ‘participants’ encouraged to get vaccine

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says athletes and fans arriving for next year’s postponed Tokyo Games will be encouraged to be vaccinated to protect the Japanese public.

  Here comes Santa Claus - with face masks and plexiglass

Malls are doing all they can to keep Santa and kids safe from the coronavirus, including banning kids from sitting on his knee, completely changing what a Santa visit looks like.

  US cases hit 11M; latest million took 6 days

More than 11 million cases of the coronavirus have now been reported in the United States, with the most recent million coming in less than a week.

Poll workers contract virus, but Election Day link unclear

Despite painstaking efforts to keep election sites safe, some poll workers who came in contact with voters on Election Day have tested positive for the coronavirus, including more than two dozen in Missouri and cases in New York, Iowa, Indiana and Virginia.

  Surging virus cases get a shrug in many Midwestern towns

In part, though, some of those views are hard to fight because of the reality that many people have no symptoms, and most of those who do get sick recover quickly.

  Biden faces tough choice of whether to back virus lockdowns

Joe Biden has devoted most of his public remarks to encouraging Americans to wear a mask and view the coronavirus as a threat that has no regard for political ideology.

  Fewer Americans traveling for Thanksgiving this year

There will be an estimated 10% drop in travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

  Oregon, New Mexico order lockdowns as other states resist

Many also continue to resist issuing statewide mask rules.

  With COVID-19 surging, schools suspend in-person education

Facing equally grim conditions, school systems around the U.S. and abroad are taking similarly tough action.

Iowa teacher dies 3 days after positive coronavirus test

Jason Englert, 38, was found dead inside his home on Sunday.

  Pfizer prepares for COVID vaccine distribution

The drugmaker said on Monday that its COVID-19 vaccine may be a remarkable 90% effective, based on early and incomplete test results.

  COVID-19 cases hit 1st Caribbean cruise since pandemic

One of the first cruise ships to ply through Caribbean waters since the pandemic began ended its trip early after at least five passengers tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Thursday.

  Microsoft: Russian, North Korean hackers target vaccine work

It said in a blog post Friday that most of the attacks in recent months were unsuccessful, but provided no information on how many succeeded or how serious those breaches were.

  Feds announce COVID-19 vaccine agreement with drug stores

Federal health officials have reached an agreement with pharmacies across the U.S. to distribute free coronavirus vaccines after they are approved and become available to the public.