Coronavirus

  Ala. Senate leader says his comments on COVID-19 were a poor choice of words

Alabama Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Thursday he wants to see more people get COVID-19.

  NC senator Danny Britt tests positive for COVID-19

  US bets on small, untested company to deliver COVID vaccine

NC’s prisons said all inmates would be tested for COVID-19 by August. It doesn’t have a schedule to do so.

N.C. sees 1,000+ COVID-19 hospitalizations for second day, nearly 2,000 more cases

  Starbucks to require customers to wear masks

  AP: After lobbying, Catholic Church won $1.4B in virus aid

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  Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

  “The real problem would be if people freak out:” UNCW professor on national coin shortage

  Schools or bars? Opening classrooms may mean hard choices amid pandemic

UNCW officials say university currently deemed “hybrid school”

  CDC head sticking to school-opening guides Trump criticized

  Coronavirus cases jump in worst-hit trio of US, Brazil and India

Ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen back in federal prison

President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer, Michael Cohen, has been returned to federal prison. His attorney Jeffrey Levine told news outlets Thursday that Cohen was taken into custody for violating the terms of his release.

  True toll of COVID-19 in nursing homes still unknown

Federal nursing home coronavirus case data remains flawed, and some members of Congress say that needs to change.

  As case counts increase, so does the difficulty of contact tracing

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

Battling Mask Misconceptions

A Kansas City, Missouri, man is doing his own research after coming across false information on social media regarding masks being worn to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  Why are face masks important? Just ask Bill Nye

Parades, close-ups with Mickey out as Disney World reopens

WHO: Indoor airborne spread of coronavirus possible

  Gov. Cooper: Announcement on schools coming next week

New Hanover County Schools employee at International School at Gregory has tested positive for COVID-19

  Study suggests fetal coronavirus infection is possible

  US economy may be stalling out as viral outbreak worsens

The persistently elevated level of layoffs are occurring as a spike in virus cases has forced six states to reverse their move to reopen businesses.

  Medical-grade masks offer far better protection than cloth ones, study says

Cloth masks are better than nothing at protecting people from disease, but they don’t compare to medical-grade masks.

Tokyo Games face skeptics, 1-day COVID-19 infection record

The poll by the Japan News Network said only 17% thought it could be held next year in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

  Atlanta mayor defies governor, requires masks in city

Atlanta's mayor says she will sign an executive order mandating masks in Georgia's largest city Wednesday, defying Gov. Brian Kemp's decision to strongly encourage but not require face coverings.

  Trump to America’s schools: Reopen or may lose federal funds

The president unleashed his threat on Twitter.

  US virus cases top 3 million, Americans face frustrating test delays

Labs are reporting shortages of materials and don’t have enough workers to process the tests, leading to severe backups that could worsen as economies reopen and new infections emerge.

  Ivy League suspends fall sports due to coronavirus pandemic

A person with knowledge of the decision says the Ivy League will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Health official: Trump rally ‘likely’ source of virus surge

President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa that drew thousands of people in late June, along with large protests that accompanied it, “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

US consumers reduced their borrowing by $18.3 billion in May

U.S. consumers reduced their borrowing for a third straight month May as the millions of jobs lost because of the coronavirus pandemic made households less eager to take on new debt.

  Man yells at elderly woman over face mask at Fla. Costco

The man who took the video said the individual started to yell at and harass the elderly woman. When he cut in, the man started yelling at him.

Gov. Cooper’s vetos stand as override attempts fail in General Assembly

The North Carolina House and Senate failed to override six vetoes by Gov. Roy Cooper during floor sessions on Wednesday.

  Your skin and masks: advice to keep skin healthy while wearing masks

Amid the mask mandate, many of us are having trouble with skin irritation or breakouts. Some Wilmington dermatologists offers some advice.

Brooks Brothers, worn by Lincoln and Kennedy, goes bankrupt

The coronavirus pandemic pushed the 200-year-old company to seek Chapter 11 protection Wednesday.

  United will warn 36,000 workers they could be laid off

The outlook for a recovery in air travel has dimmed in just the past two weeks, as infection rates rise in much of the U.S. and some states imposed new quarantine requirements.

  Bailout or raise prices? The battle over how to save the Postal Service

Deciding how to save USPS is a complicated and decade-long fight in Washington. Some are calling for Congress to bail it out, but new leadership at the postal service could mean changes for the historic institution.

  Renters face financial cliff ahead; limited help available

Renters are nearing the end of their financial rope.

NerdWallet: 4 expert tips to get hired from home

Millions of newly out-of-work Americans are chasing employment simultaneously.

  COVID patients: Less than half know where they got it

A survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows only 45% of COVID-19 patients studied in nine states knew they had been in contact with someone who had the virus.

  FDA warns labs of COVID-19 test with false positives

The BD Max System COVID-19 diagnostic test from Becton Dickinson is showing an error rate of 3-percent false positives.

Sanity trial in newspaper shooting postponed amid pandemic

Hearings and a jury trial to determine criminal sanity for a man who pleaded guilty to killing five people at a Maryland newspaper have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

  High school sports calendar up for discussion Wednesday

As of now, the official start date for high school practice in North Carolina for Fall athletes is August 1st. Teams can start playing August 17th.

Several veto override votes on today’s agenda for North Carolina General Assembly

A veto from Governor Roy Cooper hasn’t been overridden since late 2018.

  Data: Congress created virus aid, then reaped the benefits

At least a dozen lawmakers have ties to organizations that received federal coronavirus aid, according to newly released government data, highlighting how Washington insiders were both author and beneficiary of one of the biggest government programs in U.S. history.

  Texas county warns of arrests for COVID-19 positive residents who don’t self-isolate

Texas has seen a resurgence in coronavirus cases, recently surpassing 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time.

  New Hanover County Schools issues survey to gather feedback on proposed instructional plans

While awaiting guidance from Governor Roy Cooper about school instruction for the fall, New Hanover County Schools (NHCS) is seeking input about Plans A, B and C.

  Trump pushes state, local leaders to reopen schools in fall

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday assailed plans by some local districts to offer in-person instruction only a few days a week and said schools must be “fully operational” even amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  Scientists urge WHO to acknowledge coronavirus can spread in air

The World Health Organization has long maintained that COVID-19 is spread via larger respiratory droplets, most often when people cough or sneeze, that fall to the ground.

  McConnell eyes virus aid as evictions, benefits cuts loom

An eviction moratorium is lifting. Extra unemployment benefits are ending. Parents are being called to work, but schools are struggling to reopen for fall as the COVID-19 crisis shows no signs of easing.

  Protective gear for medical workers begins to run low again

A national nursing union is concerned that gear has to be reused.

  Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren interviews President Trump

In his interview with Van Susteren, President Trump discusses the treatment and vaccine timeline for COVID-19 and if the Republican Convention can still be held in Florida.

At least 8 Mississippi lawmakers test positive for COVID-19

At least eight Mississippi lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus after working several weeks in a Capitol where many people stood or sat close together and did not wear masks.

  CDC releases guidelines on youth sports safety

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is out with updated guidelines for youth sports safety in the age of COVID-19.

  EPA approves first surface disinfectant products tested for the coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency has approved two products for killing the novel coronavirus on surfaces following laboratory testing.

  Brazil’s President Bolsonaro tests positive for COVID-19

Bolsonaro confirmed the test results while wearing a mask and speaking to reporters in capital Brasilia on Tuesday.

  NCDHHS issues order to make COVID-19 testing more widely available

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday issued a statewide order to make COVID-19 testing available in more communities, including historically marginalized populations, and increase reporting of test results, both positive and negative, to state health officials.

  Biden wants US to produce more of its own pandemic supplies

Joe Biden is promising to shift production of medical equipment and other key pandemic-fighting products “back to U.S. soil,” creating jobs and bolstering a domestic supply chain he says has been exposed as inadequate and vulnerable by the coronavirus outbreak.

  Coronavirus ‘out of control’ in southern U.S., expert says

One health expert says rapid surges in coronavirus cases have made contact tracing impossible across the southern U.S.

  N.C. again sees record number of hospitalizations as COVID-19 cases top 75,000

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

  In reversal, Georgia universities to now mandate masks

Faculty and employees have increasingly been demanding that their institutions mandate masks to slow virus transmission, signing letters and petitions

  Third coronavirus-related death reported at Brunswick County congregate living facility

Brunswick County public health officials announced that a third resident at a congregate living facility in the county has died from COVID-19.

  Governors’ companies among recipients of virus relief loans

Governors who ordered shutdowns as their states responded to the coronavirus pandemic were among millions of beneficiaries of the loan program created to help small businesses weather COVID-19′s effect on the economy, data released Monday show.

  Asymptomatic COVID-19 cases may be driving spread, research indicates

Using existing research, scientists have found that silent transmission could be responsible for half of the COVID cases.

Kanye West’s clothing brand borrowed millions in pandemic loans

Kanye West’s clothing brand Yeezy reportedly got between $2 million and $5 million in coronavirus aid loans from the federal government.

  Trump donors among early recipients of coronavirus loans

As much as $273 million in federal coronavirus aid was awarded to more than 100 companies that are owned or operated by major donors to President Donald Trump’s election efforts, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data.

NHL, players announce labor deal, plan to resume play Aug. 1

The National Hockey League and NHL Players’ Association have reached a tentative agreement to return to play this season and extend their collective bargaining agreement by four years.

  Dr. Mandy Cohen: She is a mom, a wife and the face of North Carolina’s effort against COVID-19 (”1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast)

After handling health crises on Capitol Hill, Dr. Mandy Cohen never anticipated having to help ten million people through a pandemic. As North Carolina's DHHS Secretary, Dr. Cohen is the face of the state's effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, while also being a wife and mom to two little girls.

MLB releases pandemic-shortened schedule amid testing delays

By the time MLB revealed each team’s 60-game slate, last year's World Series teams, the Washington Nationals and Houston Astros, had canceled workouts because of COVID-19 testing delays.

  Hospitals approaching capacity as Miami closes restaurants

Hospitals are fast approaching capacity in Florida and Texas, and the Miami area again ordered restaurants closed as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and hospitalizations began to climb.

  New rules: Foreign pupils must leave US if classes go online

New federal guidelines say international students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall.

  Passenger numbers at ILM on the rise as airport adjusts to financial hit of pandemic

The Wilmington International Airport has seen a dramatic decrease in passengers this spring and summer thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms contracts COVID-19

Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a potential Democratic vice presidential candidate tweeted Monday that she has tested positive for COVID-19.

FDA gives emergency approval to quick COVID-19 antigen test

The diagnostic swab test can yield results in 15 minutes.

  South Dakota governor, exposed to virus, joined Trump on jet

Noem didn’t wear a mask on the plane and chatted with the president as the flight returned to Washington, D.C., according to her spokesperson, Maggie Seidel.

  Fears linger as Disney World gets ready to reopen

Several new safety measures will be in place as the Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopen for guests on Saturday. Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT open July 15.

  Harvard invites freshmen to campus, but classes stay online

University officials announced Monday that only 40% of undergraduates will be invited to campus in an effort to reduce density and prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  Small business aid went beyond hard-hit companies, data show

The government handed out $521 billion through the paycheck protection program, a crucial piece of the government's $2 trillion rescue package.

  FDA adds to list warning of potentially toxic hand sanitizers

The FDA updated an earlier advisory, adding more hand sanitizer products that may contain methanol it recommended people not use.

  Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring.