Unionville Elementary moves to remote learning for two weeks following COVID cases

Union County Public Schools is requiring all Unionville Elementary students and staff to work remotely for two weeks after a student and staff member recently tested positive for COVID-19.

  Mecklenburg officials bar church from holding gatherings after 120+ test positive for COVID-19 at previous event

Atrium Health announces $3.4 billion investments into Wake Forest Baptist Health and Winston-Salem area

  Seven months spent waiting for response to records request from N.C. Division of Employment Security

  North Carolina ski areas preparing to open with COVID-19 protocols

  White House Dep. Chief of Staff says covid-19 vaccine likely available by end of 2020

More than 32K coronavirus cases reported in Mecklenburg County, 381 deaths

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  Officials concerned after many seen without masks at Trump rally in Gastonia

Michael Jordan, Novant Health open second medical clinic amid coronavirus pandemic

Caldwell County nursing home has second COVID-19 outbreak

  ‘Why us?’: Bar owners hope of welcoming customers back inside put on pause

  Project85, working to help black K-12 students read, adapts to COVID-19

  Woman says mother-in-law died after attending Charlotte church event linked to COVID-19 outbreak

  COVID-19 cluster forces elementary school to go remote in Burke County

A COVID-19 cluster has forced an elementary school to go remote in Burke County.

UofSC eliminates spring break for 2021 citing COVID-19 concerns

Instead of a week-long break in March, the school has scheduled four "wellness days" off throughout the semester.

S.C. health leaders, University of S.C. to lead year-long ‘SC STRONG’ initiative to evaluate COVID-19

Health officials say this science-guided, year-long project will provide information about disease infection and immunity over time and will help identify health inequities.

Chris Christie writes op-ed on masks: “Wear it or you may regret it—as I did”

Chris Christie said in an op-ed published in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that he should have worn a mask at the White House, and he urged others to not make the same mistake.

  Gov. Cooper: N.C. to remain ‘paused’ in Phase 3 for three more weeks

  Local coffee shop invests in COVID-killing technology

  Town leaders ban trick or treating in Chester, S.C.

  CMS offers free COVID-19 testing for district employees

  Clover, Rock Hill sports teams impacted by COVID-19

  Local breast cancer survivor starts cosmetic tattooing business to help other survivors.

  Novant Health offers tests with rapid results to check for flu or COVID-19

Novant Health says it is offering a test that can detect which is which, and that the results come back quickly.

Carolina Panthers place another offensive lineman on reserve/COVID-19 list

The Carolina Panthers have placed offensive lineman Michael Schofield on the reserve/COVID-19 list, adding another player to the list within the past four days.

  Researchers still can’t find cause for deadly cancer in Huntersville

There have been 20 cases of a rare eye cancer in or near the town of Huntersville. The town was given $100,000 by the state to try to figure out what’s going on.

  Restaurants worry customers are becoming complacent with restrictions as N.C. COVID-19 cases remain high

We’re now several months into the shutdown caused by COVID-19. It forced small businesses across Charlotte to find new ways to make ends meet. And now, many business owners are worried it could get more challenging, with the overall trend in cases going up. Moo & Brew is one of those restaurants ta

'Our president disrespects healthcare workers’: Charlotte-area healthcare workers criticize Trump’s COVID-19 response

Two top Charlotte doctors came out and criticized President Trump’s coronavirus response during a Joe Biden campaign event with doctors Monday afternoon.

What might the next year of the pandemic be like?

In an interview with CBS News chief medical correspondent and 60 Minutes contributor Dr. Jon LaPook, Dr. Anthony Fauci looked ahead to how the virus may impact Americans' lives in the year to come.

  Free testing held for attendees of two-day Charlotte church event possibly linked to COVID-19 cases

At least nine positive cases of COVID-19 may be connected to that event.

  At least 9 COVID-19 cases possibly connected to convocation event at Charlotte church

At least nine COVID-19 cases could be connected to a two-day convocation event at a Charlotte church.

NC among the last states to make death records electronic

North Carolina will soon launch a pilot program to begin digitizing electronic death records. It is currently one of just three states still processing death certificates by hand, which has made it hard to gauge the impact of COVID-19 on the state's mortality rate.

  Some small businesses worried about impacts after highest number of reported COVID-19 cases across N.C.

On Friday, North Carolina has recorded it’s highest single day total of new coronavirus cases at 2,684 cases. The previous record high was Thursday. It’s a troubling trend for many, including small business owners. They’re worried there could be new restrictions next week, instead of easing of rest

  North Carolina submits COVID-19 vaccination plan to CDC

North Carolina health officials have submitted their COVID-19 vaccination plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Panthers offensive lineman Tyler Larsen placed on reserve/COVID-19 list

Because of the Panthers' possible exposure to the opponent, they are going through the proper protocol set forth by the NFL.

  Governor, NCDHHS secretary, speak about recent spike in COVID cases

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen addressed the state’s most recent spike in COVID-19 cases Thursday afternoon.

  Florida International University postpones football game against Charlotte 49ers due to COVID-19

Charlotte’s scheduled home opener against Florida International University, slated for this Saturday, Oct. 17, has been postponed due to an increase in COVID-19 positive results within the FIU football program.

  N.C. health officials announce first flu-related death of the 2020-21 flu season

North Carolina health officials are announcing the state’s first flu-related death of the 2020-21 flu season.

CDC director has high praise for SC’s COVID-19 response, stresses vigilance in winter months

Leaders were set to discuss “the short- and long-term impacts of COVID-19 on our communities, including opioid use, chronic diseases, and mental health.”

University says students may be intentionally getting coronavirus so they can sell antibody plasma

A college campus said it is investigating claims that some students are “intentionally” trying to get sick with COVID-19 in order to sell their plasma for cash.

  Charlotte mom on witness list to testify in Amy Coney Barrett hearings

A mother from Charlotte will be testifying in the Supreme Court nomination hearings for Amy Coney Barrett and she says “the stakes couldn’t be higher.”

North Carolina pastor dies of COVID-19 after a life spent saving souls, brother says

Wade McArthur Danner, chief apostle of Pentecostal House of Praise in Hickory, died on Friday at Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory, according to his obituary.

Panthers enter intensive protocol after Falcons’ player tests positive for COVID-19

Because of the Panthers' possible exposure to the opponent, they are going through the proper protocol set forth by the NFL.

  350+ Stanly Co. students, employees quarantined after COVID-19 contact tracing

Since the middle of July, 47 students within Stanly County Schools tested positive for the virus, according to the district’s data.

  COVID-19 cluster reported within UNC Charlotte men’s basketball team

The athletics department says that seven cases were reported involving players and staff on the men’s basketball team.

  ‘COVID-19’ removed from Grand Strand woman’s death certificate after months-long fight

After a months-long battle, the death certificate of a Grand Strand family’s loved one is now COVID-19 free.

Dustin Johnson out of CJ Cup after positive coronavirus test

South Carolina native is 11th PGA tour player to test positive

  Two more positive cases reported after free COVID testing following Mecktoberfest at Charlotte brewery

Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris says a fall event at a Charlotte brewery us linked to a number of positive COVID-19 cases, and people who attended should consider getting tested.

Trump urges Congress to “go big or go home” on coronavirus stimulus bill

“STIMULUS! Go big or go home!!!” Mr. Trump wrote, just hours after Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to colleagues accusing the White House of being unserious in its negotiations.

  S.C. health experts: ‘This is the most important flu shot of your life’

DHEC health officials say getting a flu shot will keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with patients. As of Sunday, about 80 percent of hospital beds are being used. In WBTV’s viewing area, all four of the counties have over 70 percent of beds filled. York County has the highest at 91 percent.

Tennessee mayor dies after battle with COVID-19

Manchester, Tennessee Mayor Lonnie Norman spent the better part of two weeks hospitalized with COVID-19 complications.

  Stanly County Schools to have two weeks of fully remote learning, following death of teacher from COVID-19

Stanly County Schools is moving to two weeks of fully remote learning after a third grade teacher died from COVID-19, and a student at the same school tested positive for the virus this week.

SC nursing homes to allow indoor visits, DHEC releases guidelines

The new guidelines also state that in some situations, “compassionate care visits” must be allowed regardless of the facility’s visitation policy.

  Mecklenburg County health officials still working for compliance from bars, other businesses

Last Friday bars could reopen at 30 percent outdoor capacity, but Harris says compliance has been a struggle.

Mecklenburg County health leaders: COVID-19 cases still a big concern at large gatherings

Public health director Gibbie Harris says that since August, at least one person in Mecklenburg County has tested positive for the virus at 97 family gatherings, 24 wedding events, 14 funerals and 23 religious events.

’This may be the most important flu shot of your life’: South Carolina leaders stress importance of flu vaccines amid COVID-19

South Carolina health officials, along with state leaders are pushing and encouraging people to get the flu shot this fall, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID drug Trump touted as a “cure” was developed using cells derived from aborted fetal tissue

The antibody cocktail that President Trump received for his COVID-19 infection and touted on Wednesday evening as a “cure” for the deadly virus was developed using cells derived from aborted fetal tissue, a practice the White House and anti-abortion rights groups oppose.

  NC prison still accepting new inmates despite outbreak of COVID-19

New prisoners keep arriving at the Piedmont Correctional Institution in Salisbury, even as the prison grapples with an outbreak of COVID-19. The prison has been on 'red status' for an influx in COVID-19 cases but continues to accept dozens of prisoners.

  Pandemic creates surge in demand for assistance at food pantries

As the pandemic continues, more people are in need of help from food pantries.

  Second football game in a row postponed for Appalachian State University due to COVID-19

Appalachian State University football players haven’t been on the field for a game in two weeks and it may be another two weeks before they do.

Metastatic breast cancer thriver gets a surprise from NASCAR trucks

If you’ve met her, you know she’s like a human spark plug who energizes and cheers on everyone else - despite that Cindy herself is fighting cancer a third time.

Emails reveal NC’s early steps to prepare for pandemic

Emails from North Carolina's top health officials reveal the steps taken to prepare for a global pandemic, including a wake-up call for DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen when she saw China build a hospital in ten days to handle an influx in patients.

  Stanly Co. 3rd grader tests positive for COVID week after teacher at same school dies

Stanly County School officials said that on Wednesday they were notified that a third-grader at Norwood Elementary School tested positive for coronavirus.

  Trump returns to Oval Office, says it’s a ‘blessing from God’ that he got COVID-19

President Trump posted a video to Twitter late Wednesday, praising the therapeutic drugs that he credits with helping him in his recovery. The president called the therapeutics a “cure” for him.

  Restaurants hoping to save outdoor dining as colder weather approaches

Outdoor dining has become a staple at restaurants in downtown Morganton. Even with restrictions lifted to where 50 percent capacity is allowed inside, the outdoor setup has been working.

  Free COVID-19 testing offered for those who attended OMB’s Mecktoberfest, participants urged to get tested

Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris says a fall event at a Charlotte brewery us linked to a number of positive COVID-19 cases, and people who attended should consider getting tested.

Rock Hill High School postpones football games due to COVID-19

Rock Hill High School has postponed football games and practices due to COVID-19.

  Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam tests positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms

Cornelius Mayor Woody Washam has tested positive for COVID-19.

  Memorial service set for Appalachian State University student who died from COVID-19 complications

A memorial service has been set for a 19-year-old Appalachian State University student who died from complications related to COVID-19 last week.

North Stanly HS moving to remote learning due to multiple COVID-19 cases among staff

North Stanly High School will be temporarily moving to remote learning after multiple staff members tested positive for COVID-19.

  Mecklenburg County releases “Do’s and Don’ts” for Halloween

During a Mecklenburg County Board of County Commissioners meeting Harris said that the list was in collaboration with the CDC and would be distributed more widely in the coming days.

  Group of Union County elementary parents ask for ‘middle ground’ option for returning to school

As of now, there’s no formal discussion scheduled for the board to consider this request.

  Are teachers’ voices being included in CMS’ learning plans? District says yes, teachers say no

Teachers also worry their voice and other stakeholders aren’t being included in the decision process.

  14 COVID-19 clusters reported at Appalachian State University

A week and a half after an Appalachian State University student died from complications of COVID-19, officials confirmed on Monday that there are currently 14 COVID-19 clusters on campus.

  ‘Heart of gold’: Daughter, community pours out support for teacher who died after battle with COVID-19

Those who knew the longtime educator say something she was known for was her bright and warm personality.

  UNC Charlotte: No clusters found at dorm after SARS-CoV-2 detected in wastewater

Officials at UNC Charlotte say no clusters were found after the SARS-CoV-1 virus was detected during routine residence hall wastewater sampling on Oct. 2.

  ‘I had no choice’: El Centenario night club owner gets permits suspended, says reopening was worth the risk

North Carolina Alcohol Beverage Control suspended permits for El Centenario after the owner has been operating in violation the Governor’s executive order for months.

  Wingate reports 73 COVID-19 cases on campus

According to the school’s dashboard, 72 students and one employee tested positive for the virus.

‘Let us continue to pray’: Franklin Graham offers support after President Trump tests positive for COVID-19

After President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19, political and religious leaders offered their well-wishes.

  Stanly County elementary teacher dies after recent COVID-19 hospitalization

Stanly County Interim Superintendent Vicki Calvert confirmed that Julie Davis, a third-grade teacher at Norwood Elementary School, had died on Sunday.

Spokesman says Tillis is improving after COVID diagnosis

Tillis spokesman Adam Webb issued a statement Sunday night saying that the senator is continuing to self-isolate at home but that he’s feeling better after experiencing mild symptoms the previous day.