Mask ambassadors will soon help Charlotte area residents follow COVID-19 rules

Bilingual mask ambassadors from diverse communities will soon be frequenting businesses across Charlotte and surrounding towns, ensuring residents are following crucial health guidelines to slow the spread of COVD-19.

  Mecklenburg County outlines COVID-19 restrictions enforcement plan

  Lincolnton student explains decision not to return to college campus for fall semester

RNC announces health protocols for official convention business in Charlotte

  App State spending millions to prepare for students in the age of coronavirus

South Carolina reports another 45 deaths, 1K+ COVID-19 cases

N.C. reports 40 new COVID-19 deaths, sees lowest daily case increase since June

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  Carowinds to remain closed for rest of 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

More than 21,000 coronavirus cases in Mecklenburg Co., 224 deaths

  Burke ambulances add new device to increase sanitizing

Gov. Cooper says announcement likely Wednesday concerning N.C. phases of reopening

Football practice canceled for week after HS player tests positive for COVID-19 in Iredell Co.

  Next wave of businesses reopen Monday, restaurants, bars have new restrictions

  CMPD issues more than a dozen citations to bars, arcades for violating COVID-19 orders

As part of an operation targeting “Fish Arcades” CMPD and other law enforcement agencies visited more than 200 establishments and issued more than a dozen citations for businesses in violation of local and state COVID-19 orders.

Mint Hill loosens COVID-19 rules at restaurants, backs out of Mecklenburg’s order

In Monday’s amended proclamation, Mint Hill officials said the change would “allow food to be served in bar areas of restaurants located within Mint Hill.”

  “Our entire family has COVID”: Molly Grantham shares ‘surreal’ diagnosis while raising newborn

To be clear, I didn’t want to tell you guys until we were out of the woods. I didn’t want to cause unnecessary alarm.

Annual Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk canceled due to COVID-19 outbreak

The festival, which hosted 20,000 visitors last year, was scheduled for October 17 and 18 in Banner Elk.

Pelosi calls relief package discussions “productive” but no deal yet

Is SC‘s curve plateauing? It’s too early to tell, but masks help.

More than 700 people attended an Airbnb house party in New Jersey. Now, the home rental company is cracking down.

State requiring face masks in all South Carolina public schools

  South End bar Pins Mechanical closes one day after reopening

9 workers at 6 Food Lion stores in York County positive for coronavirus, company says

Anxious CLT airport passengers complain about lack of masks and social distancing

Travel through the CLT airport has started to pick back up.

Washington officials captured their first invasive murder hornet, with less than two months until mating season

A lab confirmed the hornet as part of the invasive species on July 29. the "murder hornets"

  Local family fights for refund after student’s Europe trip is postponed

It was supposed to be the ultimate trip for students to go to England, France, and Spain. But due to the coronavirus, the trip had to be postponed. Now parents are fighting to get their money back.

  Some COVID-19 patients still regaining strength months after returning negative test result

Some severely ill patients with COVID-19 are requiring in-patient therapy after they are discharged from the hospital.

N.C. to provide financial support for people quarantined by COVID-19

According to health officials, to qualify, people must have been told by a medical professional to isolate and they must sign a form that they will comply with the restrictions.

Queens University goes to fully remote instruction, cancels fall sports season amid COVID-19 pandemic

The school made the decision to move on with distance learning, therefore there will be no students living on campus.

Senate stalls on extending unemployment insurance, as $600 weekly benefit expires

For now, it has passed a "shell" bill — 47 to 42 — that did not include any details but was proposed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in an attempt to break the stalemate in negotiations over the next coronavirus relief bill.

Wrestling tournament draws hundreds to Myrtle Beach despite COVID-19 pandemic

Hundreds of wrestlers and their families gathered at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for a three-day tournament.

Anxiety, depression among North Carolinians has ‘tripled’ during pandemic, health leaders say

Anxiety and depression are increasing sharply among North Carolinians as the coronavirus pandemic continues, tripling from previous numbers, according to state health leaders.

Lowe’s workers will get another round of bonuses during the coronavirus crisis

This $100 million in bonuses raises Lowe’s total commitment to workers and communities since the start of the health crisis in March to $600 million, according to the company.

McDonald’s CEO says restaurants “might bring in law enforcement” if customers refuse to comply with mask policy

McDonald's said Wednesday that it would be closing about 200 U.S. restaurants amid the coronavirus pandemic.

  NC needs more poll workers this year, but the pandemic has made them harder to find

North Carolina is bracing for a shortage of poll workers at the same time as more help is needed to handle a surge of early and absentee voting.

Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center closes temporarily after fifth employee tests positive for COVID-19

A fifth person at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center was diagnosed with COVID-19, county officials announced Thursday, prompting the facility to temporarily close.

Pharmacy board reverses ban on hydroxychloroquine, will allow for use in COVID-19 treatments after Gov. DeWine’s request

Gov. Mike DeWine is asking the Ohio Board of Pharmacy to reverse a new ban on hydroxychloroquine for treatment to coronavirus infections.

Local grandmother is troubled after learning three grandkids have COVID-19

Janice Vonataski is a grandmother who received a call she wasn’t quite ready for. Three of her grandchildren, ages five and under, have tested positive for COVID-19.

  S.C. governor announces targeted mask requirements, reopens more businesses

Gov. Henry McMaster today announced a mask requirement at several establishments in South Carolina, and the reopening of more businesses in the state.

First-ever Drive-Through SC State Fair to be held in October

Patrons will be able to see some of the exhibits, view the animals, and order food from the comfort and safety of their vehicle at this year's Drive-Through SC State Fair.

N.C. governor plans to help residents with rent, utility bills

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said he plans to soon announce an effort to help residents with rent and utility bills during the coronavirus pandemic.

  VP Mike Pence visiting N.C. to discuss school reopening plans, coronavirus vaccine

Vice President Mike Pence is visiting North Carolina on Wednesday, July 29 to discuss school reopening plans and a potential coronavirus vaccine.

  Hospital executives say no need for field hospital right now

Armato joined a virtual Mecklenburg county commission meeting Tuesday to update commissioners on how the hospitals are doing. He says the surge that was projected has been watered down by preventative measures.

  N.C. governor enacts statewide curfew on sale of alcohol at restaurants, bars remain closed

Restaurants must stop selling alcoholic drinks after 11 pm. and bars will remain closed. The curfew is effective this Friday, July 31.

  As COVID-19 spread in meatpacking plants, workplace complaints piled up

Of 75 complaints and referrals related to COVID-19 and the meat packing industry through July 15, none have prompted fines or even a site visit, the NC labor department says. But a N.C. DOL spokesman says they're just relying on the companies' word.

  American Red Cross calling for donors amid shortage of convalescent plasma

The American Red Cross is asking for donors to contribute convalescent plasma to help patients who are currently battling the coronavirus.

  Council nixes partnership between city and councilman’s nonprofit

A majority of city council members ultimately decided that even the appearance of a conflict of interest was enough to avoid the dilemma all together.

Google employees will work from home until summer 2021

The new policy affects almost all of the roughly 200,000 full-time and contract workers who work for Google and Alphabet.

  S.C. superintendent approves Clover school reopening plan

South Carolina’s superintendent of education has approved Clover School District’s reopening plan, along with five other districts across the state.

President Trump visits N.C. biotech facility producing potential COVID-19 vaccine

The president will visit a plant where potential coronavirus vaccine components are being developed.

South Carolina institutes face mask requirement for students, staff on school buses

State Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman has instituted a face mask requirement for students and staff on state owned school buses.

Pastor: 40 infected with coronavirus after church event

An Alabama pastor says more than 40 people have been infected with the coronavirus after attending a multi-day revival event at his Baptist church.

  Tweetsie Railroad closed again due to COVID-19 guidelines just one week after reopening

The news comes just over a week after the park announced they were reopening.

A new stimulus package could be on its way; here’s what you can expect

As many of the federally funded benefits from the CARES Act are set to expire this week, millions of struggling Americans will be paying close attention to their party leaders for a solution

Pelosi says Congress “can’t go home without” a deal on coronavirus relief package

Senate Republicans and the White House spent last week negotiating the terms of the fourth phase of the coronavirus response, which they expect to have a $1 trillion price tag.

Epidemiologist: ‘The worst is yet to come’ after almost 100 COVID deaths announced this weekend

Alberg said new infections of coronavirus started to spike after Memorial Day weekend, and the increase of deaths S.C is experiencing is coming in the wake of that surge.

Cruz says Pelosi’s objectives are “shoveling cash at the problem and shutting America down”

Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas accused House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats of pushing a coronavirus relief package that focuses on "shoveling cash at the problem and shutting America down" as negotiations on the next measure continue.

Fauci: “We could start talking about real normality again” with a vaccine in 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, said "we could start talking about real normality again" in 2021 with the development and implementation of a COVID-19 vaccine.

  COVID-19 outbreak hits Meck. County Detention Center; 43 inmates test positive

The jail has about 1,350 inmates, and admit about 45 each day, according to county deputies.

Two inmates die, more than 100 test positive for COVID-19 at Albemarle Correctional Institution

The results come from a mass testing effort. The number of positive cases at the facility makes it one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the North Carolina prison system.

  Mecklenburg Co. businesses prepare for first weekend with ban on late-night alcohol sales

“It’s not easy because everyday is something new,” Heist Brewery managing partner Spencer Farrell said.

‘An Entirely Different Machine’: Charlotte private schools to reopen as CMS goes remote

The vast majority — including some of the largest schools in the region like Providence Day School and Charlotte Christian School — have plans for a full return.

Charlotte lottery office temporarily closed after employees show possible COVID-19 symptoms

The North Carolina Education Lottery’s Charlotte regional office and claims center will be closed temporarily after employees there reported possible COVID-19 symptoms.

Another round of furloughs set for American Airlines subsidiary at Charlotte airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport passenger numbers dropped drastically as the coronavirus pandemic began to spread, and have stayed low since.

Juvenile in Pitt Co. detention center becomes first in state custody to test positive for COVID-19

This is the first positive case of COVID-19 of a juvenile being held in a secure custody facility operated by the state Juvenile Justice section of the Department of Public Safety.

  Camino Community Center expands services, helping LatinX community during pandemic

State health leaders issue an urgent call to the LatinX community in North Carolina as COVID-19 continues to disproportionately affect this population.

JJ’s Red Hots in uptown closed for good due to coronavirus. ‘It’s a sock to the gut.’

Business co-founder Jonathan Luther said Friday that since the novel coronavirus hit in March, it’s like a “ghost town” with no one working uptown.

Two Albemarle inmates die of COVID-19 complications, marking 7th and 8th in N.C.

Two inmates housed at the Albemarle Correctional Institution who tested positive for COVID-19 died at the hospital on Thursday, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Four Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Aquatic employees test positive for COVID-19

Mecklenburg County officials were notified Thursday, but believe the virus is not a significant risk of exposure to the public.

  New CDC guidelines emphasize schools reopening in the fall

CDC Director Robert Redfield tweeted about the new policy, telling parents that “school closures have disrupted normal ways of life for you and your children and they have had negative health consequences on our youth.”

Lice Clinics of America reports increased ‘super lice’ activity during COVID-19 pandemic

Officials reported clinics across the U.S. reported a 25 percent increase in lice activity from April to May 2020.

A Texas county’s only hospital forced to choose “who is sent home to die as ICU beds near capacity

A judge representing a Texas county on the U.S.-Mexico border said a local hospital has been forced to choose “who is sent home to die” as resources run thin due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  ‘I’d love to see ABC, ALE, CMPD start enforcing more’: Local bar owner sounds off on new alcohol mandate

Because of Mecklenburg County’s latest alcohol proclamation, bar owner Stefan Huebner has trimmed hours at his unique, private club known as Dot Dot Dot.

  SC Dept. of Ed will require masks on buses, other changes

Masks are just one of the massive safety changes the department is implementing to keep up with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control safety guidelines.

  Gov. Cooper ‘urging’ Congress to extend $600 in federal unemployment benefits in N.C.

In order for North Carolinians to keep earning an extra $600 in unemployment benefits, Congress would need to pass an extension which Governor Roy Cooper pushed for on Tuesday.

  Charlotte accounting firm files class-action lawsuit against big banks

Some accounting firms claim in the lawsuit that the banks have not paid them the required fees for helping small businesses apply for PPP loans.

  Tryon Medical Partners enrolls participants in Phase 3 COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

Tryon Medical Partners will soon take part in a clinical trial studying the effects of a potential COVID-19 vaccine.

Health leaders urge LatinX/Hispanic community to take preventative measures against COVID-19

In North Carolina, the LatinX/Hispanic community continues to have growing cases and concerns.

  Late-night alcohol sales prohibited in Charlotte, some surrounding towns

The Policy Group decided to move forward with the recommendation to prohibit alcohol sales after 11 p.m. beginning on Thursday, July 23.

  Potential contract between councilman’s nonprofit and City of Charlotte raises questions about conflict of interest

The dispute centers around Carolina Fintech Hub (CFH) and its president, Councilman Tariq Bokhari.

  Mask mandate in city of York, lack of one in York County creating confusion

A mask mandate, and the lack thereof in some areas, is creating confusion for people living in the city of York.