CDC urges travelers to quarantine, get tested if exposed during Thanksgiving

The CDC is reminding people to quarantine and get tested if they develop symptoms or if they were exposed over the holiday weekend.

  More local office spaces, businesses investing in air purification systems during COVID-19 pandemic

Number of people dying at home during the pandemic spikes in Mecklenburg County

South Carolina reports just over 1,000 new COVID-19 cases

N.C. breaks record for COVID-19 hospitalizations for third day in a week

  Hospitality industry optimistic as holiday season approaches

  Nurses and doctors care for COVID-19 patients on Thanksgiving, urge community to continue to take virus seriously

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  Gov. Cooper signs executive order to strengthen mask mandate in N.C.

  Concord sporting goods store director talks COVID compliance ahead of Black Friday

  Some South End bars busy Wednesday before Thanksgiving, customers adjust to stricter mask mandate

  159 people sick from sushi sold at Concord Harris Teeter locations, health officials say

UofSC president tests positive for COVID-19

  Man dies after positive COVID-19 test, went on bus tour 10 days earlier

  Some people still weary about COVID-19 vaccine, sociologists say there’s history behind concerns

In recent weeks companies like Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca have announced that their trials have produced anywhere from 70 to 95 percent efficacy, but for some people it’s still not enough.

Two reinfected with COVID-19 in Stanly County

Since March, 2,942 Stanly County residents tested positive for the virus.

  Last minute COVID-19 testing in Charlotte continues day before Thanksgiving

They likely won’t get their results in time for Thanksgiving, but health officials still it’s smart to get tested.

18 inmates test positive for coronavirus at Mecklenburg jail

At least 18 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus at Mecklenburg County Detention Center.

McMaster authorizes DHEC to move forward with COVID-19 testing at schools

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

  No travel restrictions in place for N.C., but there are updated guidelines

  Charlotte residents still lining up for COVID-19 tests as Thanksgiving approaches

Three York County library branches closed after staff exposed to COVID-19

  Avery County manager: Mask mandate is ‘only defense right now’ in fighting coronavirus

  CMS Board gives superintendent authority to shift individual schools to remote learning as needed

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education has granted Superintendent Earnest Winston the authority to transition individual schools from in-person learning to remote learning as needed.

Salisbury city manager tests positive for COVID-19

Salisbury City Manager W. Lane Bailey has recently tested positive for COVID-19, officials confirmed Tuesday.

  COVID-19 reality: A skeptic’s story

Many viewers say they’re tired of hearing reports of coronavirus numbers and dire warnings from health officials. Perhaps you should hear it from a COVID patient, struggling to breathe in the ICU.

41K+ coronavirus cases, 436 virus-related deaths reported in Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County officials are releasing more information about the coronavirus pandemic.

UNC System requiring re-entry COVID-19 testing for students following holiday break

Students will be required to do re-entry testing upon returning to their respective campuses.

  Hundreds turn out for COVID testing at Bojangles’ Coliseum, county opens overflow testing site

Most people chose to get a test Monday in hopes they would get their results back by Thanksgiving.

  Emails raise questions about DHHS oversight of Cardinal Innovations

Emails obtained by WBTV show top regulators at N.C. Department of Health and Human Services helped Cardinal Innovations respond to concerns from Mecklenburg County and sent Cardinal an advanced copy of a response letter to the county, to which Cardinal suggested edits.

  A time for thanks, for giving life: Charlotte woman receives life-saving kidney donation from stranger

Just two working moms catching up on life and kids and such, but the truth is Celeste Brintley and Shelly Crawford had just met for the first time.

  Rock Hill masks mandate up for repeal for the fourth time

Despite this increase – Rock Hill city council will talked tonight about ending its mask mandate. This is the fourth time city council will vote on a repeal.

  CMS battle to get federally required in-person tests waived continues as COVID-19 cases rise

The battle comes as CMS reports an increase in its positive student and staff COVID cases.

  Frustration with NCDES call center persists

While the North Carolina Division of Employment Security says it’s taken steps to improve the quality, customers still call WBTV to complain consistently.

  10 more N.C. counties reach critical level of community virus spread: ‘We are in danger’

A week after rolling out North Carolina’s county alert map to identify the state’s “viral hotspots,” Gov. Roy Cooper said 10 additional counties were in the red zone, which indicates a critical state of community spread.

UNC Charlotte postpones another game, cites COVID-19 concerns

Kickoff will now be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1.

Gardner-Webb vs Duke men’s basketball game postponed following positive COVID test

A new date has not been announced.

  Need a COVID-19 test before Thanksgiving? Here’s where to go around Charlotte.

COVID-19 prevention tips from the CDC suggest celebrating virtually or outdoors-only, if possible. While health leaders discourage large gatherings, the holiday invariably will bring people together.

  Charlotte radiologist’s life is saved from cancer research, she pays it forward with $263,000 donation

A Charlotte woman’s life was saved ago thanks to experimental cancer treatment. Four years later, she’s pleased to see other patients in the Carolinas and across the world are getting a second chance at life thanks to the same treatment that saved her own.

Fauci says herd immunity possible “reasonably quickly” if enough Americans take vaccine

Appearing on “Face the Nation,” Fauci said “help is on the way” in the form of the vaccine.

  ‘COVID-19 is serious’: Sister of local student who died from virus complications urging everyone to follow guidelines

The sister of a local college student who died from complications related to COVID-19 is urging everyone to follow guidelines.

Texas National Guard deployed to help El Paso with morgue overflow

El Paso city and county have secured a “central morgue location to further support the Medical Examiner’s Office, funeral homes and mortuaries with additional capacity,” he said.

Nearly-empty shelves beg the question: Is Charlotte hoarding toilet paper again?

Apparently, hoarding of paper products is back ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday as the Carolinas reach near COVID-19 case peak levels of summer.

  Businesses, organizations finding safe ways to offer family activities during pandemic

Despite the restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic, Charlotte businesses and organizations are finding ways to offer safe, family-friendly activities for the public.

  Test before turkey: People in Charlotte flocking to COVID-19 testing sites ahead of Thanksgiving

It’s the weekend before Thanksgiving and some families are spending it differently than in years past.

  ‘Funny’; ’Always smiling’; School remembers life of Livingstone College student who died from COVID-19 complications

On Friday, students and staff members at Livingstone College, gathered to remember Jamesha’s life.

  SC Education Dept., State Supt. were ‘unaware’ of governor’s school testing kit announcement

According to South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), there are more than 2,000 cases among students in South Carolina. and more than 900 cases among school staff.

11 students in off-campus COVID-19 cluster at UNC Charlotte

The university confirmed the cluster involving 11 students living in private residences through its Niner Health Check, testing and contact tracing protocols.

Montevallo mother of 10 dies after being diagnosed with COVID-19

Katherine Pennington of Montevallo was buried Thursday. She leaves behind 10 children ranging in age from 5 to 17.

  Charlotte residents, travelers sound off on Thanksgiving travel as CDC releases updated COVID guidelines

Charlotte residents, and travelers are sounding off about Thanksgiving travel as the CDC releases updated COVID guidelines.

All SC public schools to get rapid COVID-19 testing kits

Schools should have the tests after the Thanksgiving holiday, health officials say.

  23-year-old Livingstone College student dies from COVID-19 complications, school says

Livingstone College President Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins Sr. says officials learned that 23-year-old Jamesha Waddell, a senior, died Thursday morning.

  Union Co. Schools leaves new transportation center open after workers contract COVID-19, raising concerns

More concern after four staffers tested positive for COVID-19 who work at the district’s new Transportation Center.

  ‘Test before turkey’: S.C. governor, health officials emphasize COVID-19 precautions over Thanksgiving

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and health officials spoke on the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic and encouraged holiday safety before Thanksgiving.

  Charlotte-Douglas can’t force Covid-19 positive passengers to leave airport

One text message obtained by WBTV says “I just spoke with Jack – we legally can’t prohibit them from entering the terminal” although the person was required to follow North Carolina’s mask mandate.

  DHEC: ‘Vaccine distribution plan hits marks, general population possibly won’t receive for months’

Moderna and Pfizer’s vaccines are the verge of federal approval. It could come as soon as December. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s assistant state epidemiologist says it could take two weeks or longer once the companies ask for it.

  Alzheimer’s Foundation of America offers free memory screenings during the month of November

November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is providing free memory screenings in order to raise awareness about the disease that affects more than 5 million Americans.

  Selwyn Avenue Pub owner speaks after being issued citation over COVID-19 restriction violation

A popular Myers Park pub cited for violating North Carolina’s COVID-19 restrictions responded Tuesday, saying they’re seeking clarity and apologize for any misunderstanding of the state’s Executive Order.

  Gaston County community responds to being in red category for critical spread of COVID-19

Sanitation is a top priority at restaurant Friendly’s of Stanley.

  Alexander County officials question designation of county as “Red” in coronavirus chart

Leeanne Whisnant, Director of Human Services for the county, doesn’t agree with the designation.

  Major companies approved for N.C. job grants despite federal aid, multiple applications

North Carolina handed out millions of dollars in job retention grants to country clubs, special interest groups and one airline that also received $171 million in federal funding.

  COVID-19 outbreak reported at Salvation Army center in uptown Charlotte

According to the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte, there have been 45 positive cases of coronavirus identified at the Center of Hope

N.C. expands free pre-Thanksgiving COVID-19 testing events

Iredell, Mecklenburg, Union counties to host events this weekend

Hickory cancels annual Christmas tree lighting event citing COVID-19 concerns

A press release sent out Nov. 18 cites concerns following Gov. Roy Cooper’s recent briefing on COVID-19 at Catawba County’s listing as an orange level alert.

  N.C. health leaders identify state’s COVID-19 ‘viral hotspots’ with county alert system

On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper and Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, unveiled the that’s now county alert system, which is designed to identify the counties with the highest metrics.

N.C. governor announces $5M to address food insecurity for communities hardest hit by COVID-19

North Carolina communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic will have access to $5 million in grants to help address food insecurity needs, Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday.

  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.

  Selwyn Avenue Pub cited for violating state’s COVID-19 restrictions

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said Selwyn’s Pub was cited for violating the governor’s coronavirus-related orders.

  Local woman left a care facility and died. Health officials still say they aren’t responsible.

An ongoing lawsuit stemming from the disappearance and death of a Cleveland County woman in 2008 is highlighting the regulatory failures of N.C. DHHS to keep seniors and those with cognitive disabilities safe.

  Lincolnton man known as ‘Santa Jim’ dies of COVID-19

He brought cheer to the community that families are going to miss this Christmas.

  Opt in or out? CMS needs to know if your child will enroll in the Full Remote Academy for second semester

Families must decide if their child will enroll in the district’s Full Remote Academy.

Union County elementary school returns to remote learning after three students test positive for COVID-19

School officials say all students and staff at the elementary school will work remotely until the school reopens on Nov. 30.

48 more Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students, staff test positive for COVID-19, no clusters reported

The district says 18 more students and 30 more staff members tested positive for coronavirus.

Walmart to again reduce number of customers in stores

Walmart took action over the weekend to return to keeping count of the number of customers shopping in its stores at one time.

SC pediatrician sees increase in anxiety, depression among young kids

Researchers with the Center for Disease Control compared emergency department visits from April to October 2020 to the same time in 2019 using data provided by hospitals.

  Longtime Union Co. Public Schools employee dies after testing positive for COVID-19

Melissa Bowman worked for the school system for 20 years.

  Man waits six months for unemployment determination

Some North Carolinians have been waiting months to receive a determination on their unemployment claims.

  Southern Indiana boy, 6, hospitalized with rare COVID-related syndrome MIS-C

Grant Waters, 6, from Salem, was moved out of the ICU at Norton Children’s Hospital in Louisville on Thursday after spending five days in the hospital.

Reeves: Mississippi ‘not going to participate’ in nationwide lockdown

Tate Reeves to give press conference.

N.C. health leaders recommend getting tested for COVID-19 before Thanksgiving gathering

North Carolina health officials are urging people to get tested for coronavirus before gathering or traveling for Thanksgiving.

  Charlotte woman speaks about following governor’s indoor gathering orders for Thanksgiving

East Charlotte resident Shelly Ellis said she will not be holding a large gathering for Thanksgiving because of the pandemic.