Pittsburgh area health officials link new COVID-19 cases to Myrtle Beach, other beach cities

Health officials in the Pittsburgh, Pa. area said people who recently tested positive for the coronavirus had traveled to Myrtle Beach and other Carolina beach towns.

COVID-19 Response Fund awards more than $4.3M to nearly 100 nonprofits in Mecklenburg Co.

Gov. Cooper vetoes bills aimed at reopening several N.C. businesses during pandemic

  Uptown Charlotte dry cleaning business owner says pandemic took him from 100 customers per day to five

Mecklenburg County reports more than 700 coronavirus cases in one day

51-year-old who posted regret about going out died of coronavirus a day later

  Back at work, some North Carolinians still seek retroactive unemployment benefits

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Alabama students held COVID-19 parties, officials say

  Latin American Coalition of Charlotte awarded $100K grant to slow spread of COVID-19 in Latinx Community

  Fort Mill School District releases calendar, gets mixed reviews

North Carolina has paid out nearly $5 billion in unemployment benefits

All juveniles in NC secure custody facilities tested for COVID-19, no positive cases reported

Need a face mask? These locations in Mecklenburg Co. have you covered

South Carolina reports 1,600+ new cases, 19 more deaths from COVID-19

State health officials are urging residents to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 amid public health experts’ concerns over the recent rise in COVID-19 data trends in South Carolina.

  N.C. sees 1,000+ new COVID-19 cases for ninth day in a row

North Carolina reported 1,629 new coronavirus cases Thursday, bringing the total positive cases across the state to 68,142.

  ’We want our schools open for in-person instruction’; N.C. governor delays school reopening announcement

Within the next couple of weeks, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says he will give a directive for reopening schools in the fall after delaying the announcement on Wednesday.

  Tega Cay forced to cancel parade amid coronavirus fears

Late Wednesday, the mayor and city council in Tega Cay announced the yearly parade won’t be held after all. The fireworks show is still on, but even that is making some in the town nervous.

  Aerial CLT supporters launch fundraising campaign to help keep business afloat amid pandemic struggles

McMaster says if COVID-19 cases continue spike crowd restrictions may continue into the Fall

  Business owner charged for violating governor’s mask order in Lincolnton, N.C.

Army quarantines 90 soldiers with coronavirus at Fort Bragg

Belk confirms layoffs, primarily at corporate office due to coronavirus pandemic

  CMS meets with town leaders to talk about plans to reopen schools

  Charlotte hospital systems see increase in children testing positive for COVID-19

Both major hospital systems in Charlotte, NC say they are seeing an increase in positive coronavirus tests in children lately.

  SCDHEC encouraging South Carolinians to stay home for the holiday

South Carolina continues to break single-day records when it comes to new COVID cases. With a holiday on the horizon, South Carolina’s public health agency is asking for people to stay home.

  ‘This is a public health crisis’; S.C. reports record single-day increase of deaths from COVID-19, governor speaks

State health officials are urging residents to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 amid public health experts’ concerns over the recent rise in COVID-19 data trends in South Carolina.

  All nursing home residents, staff to be tested for COVID-19 in North Carolina

There are more than 400 nursing homes in the state with approximately 36,000 residents and more than 30,000 staff. Testing will begin in July and continue through August.

  WBTV Investigates: COVID in the Carolinas

A group of journalists from media outlets across North Carolina made the decision to work together, to hold leaders accountable and find any missing puzzle pieces in the state’s reporting of the pandemic.

North Carolina GOP won’t hold in-person annual convention

The convention was originally set for May in Greenville, but GOP officials delayed the event until July. Now they’ll hold a virtual-only convention to choose delegates to the Republican National Convention and complete other business.

Employee tests positive for COVID-19 at Charlotte Harris Teeter

The employee last worked at the Ballantyne Commons store more than 10 days ago, a Harris Teeter spokesperson said.

Officials seize nearly $50,000 tied to COVID-19 unemployment scheme in N.C.

Officials have seized nearly $50,000 tied to a coronavirus unemployment scheme in North Carolina.

  As CLT airport travel increases, CDC director calls American Airline ticket sales substantial disappointment'

The head of the CDC is calling American Airlines’ decision to start selling every seat on its flights, a “substantial disappointment.”

City of Chester will require masks. What we know now.

The ordinance will apply only within the limits of the city of Chester. Face masks will be required in public places due to the increase in cases of COVID-19.

People filing for unemployment wonder why so many claims

Two different people reached out to WBTV saying they were asked to file multiple claims and then were told by separate call support specialists, or legal counsel, that was incorrect procedure.

As Charlotte-area firework sales increase, so do firework-related calls to police

The increase in fireworks going off at night appears to extend over the last few weeks, or months in some areas, though the reason for the increase also appears to be a bit of a mystery.

  Businesses differ in enforcement of North Carolina mask mandate

At businesses like Heist Brewery in NoDa, they will turn you away if you refuse to wear a mask.

York County officials recommend face coverings be worn in public settings

The county had nearly 60 new confirmed cases of the virus on Monday. To date, there are nearly 1,200 cases reported.

Lt. Gov. Dan Forest addresses plans to sue Gov. Cooper’s administration

Forest, a Republican running against Cooper for governor in the November election, said the lawsuit is not a political move.

Levine Children’s selected as one of 30 sites worldwide to open remdesivir clinical trial

Levine Children’s Hospital will open a clinical trial to test the effectiveness of anti-viral drug remdesivir for COVID-19 patients, which the hospital says has shown “promising success.”

Covid-19 researcher says we can no longer accurately model how the virus will spread

Dr. Alex McLain says modeling a virus' spread is like tracking a hurricane. But, the COVID-19 predictions were so off, he says it's like forecasters thought a storm would hit North Carolina but hit Maine instead.

‘Our state becomes increasingly sick’: Local lawmaker calls for statewide mask mandate

Gov. McMaster has previously stated he will not implement a mandate on masks.

Nearly 30 new COVID-19 cases reported at Caldwell County assisted living facility

With 29 more cases reported at Brockford Inn Assisted Living, the facility’s virus outbreak has climbed to 41.

Miami to fine people up to $500 if they don’t wear masks

People without masks in public will first be issued a verbal warning, while a city worker will provide them with a free mask, the city said on its website.

Requirements for Clemson students to return, graduation plans announced

The university is going to require all students and employees to wear face coverings in a number of circumstances while on university property.

Hundreds gather for free drive-thru COVID tests from Mecklenburg Public Health

Nearly 10,000 people in Mecklenburg County had already tested positive for the coronavirus as of Friday morning.

  North Carolina requires face masks in public amid coronavirus pandemic

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has announced that residents are now required to wear face masks in public and the state’s Phase 2 will “pause” and continue for three more weeks as coronavirus cases continue to rise at an alarming rate.

Gov. McMaster says he won’t mandate masks, pleads with residents as S.C. becomes hot spot for COVID-19

State health officials are urging residents to be vigilant in practicing social distancing and wearing masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 amid public health experts’ concerns over the recent rise in COVID-19 data trends in South Carolina.

Nursing home put residents in ‘immediate jeopardy’ of COVID-19, state says. 18 died.

The report follows a month-long investigation of The Citadel Salisbury, which experienced North Carolina’s worst nursing home outbreak of the disease, by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Many Charlotte businesses favor new mask mandate but some wary about enforcing it

Face coverings will be required for everyone when they are out in public effective at 5 p.m. Friday.

State health officials release metrics for measuring COVID-19 spread to SC school districts

The AccelerateED task force recommended school districts seeing high spread of COVID-19 in the fall should do full distance learning.

  Catawba County law enforcement won’t be enforcing mask mandate, it’s not in the governor’s order

Under the governor’s order, businesses can ask a customer to leave if they won’t wear a mask.

  COVID-19 continues to rapidly spread in the Latinx Community in Charlotte and statewide

The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting the Latinx community in North Carolina.

  As mask mandate begins, Mecklenburg County considers adding parks, government buildings

Under the order signed by North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper local government buildings and properties are not covered for the mask mandate but it recommends that local governments enact their own policies.

  Masks now required to visit most NC restaurants and breweries

Bars and restaurants will look different now across the state.

Mecklenburg County donating 2 million face masks, launching media campaign

Mecklenburg County is donating 2 million face masks and launching a media campaign about the importance of wearing them as coronavirus trends continue to rise.

Mecklenburg Co. Public Health hosting free COVID-19 testing event

Mecklenburg County health leaders are hosting a free COVID-19 testing event this weekend.

Chesterfield Co. Sheriff returns to work after 4-week battle with COVID-19

Chesterfield County Sheriff James Dixon returned to work on Friday after a four-week battle with COVID-19.

Microsoft to permanently close all physical stores

The closure presumably includes two North Carolina locations - one at the SouthPark Mall in Charlotte and one in The Streets at Southpoint in Durham.

  Mayor, council holding Tega Cay fireworks despite many residents voicing concerns

Tega Cay’s fireworks show is still going on. People living in Tega Cay are concerned about cases spiking in the area after visitors flock to the area.

  Can you conceal carry a firearm while being COVID-19 compliant?

With North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s mandate Wednesday requiring masks if you can’t social distance, it raised a lot of questions.

  New NC mask order doesn’t cover ‘everywhere’ in public

Governor Roy Cooper’s new executive order requiring face coverings makes wearing them mandatory for almost any business or retail setting but doesn’t include language that requires them at public places like parks or parties.

NC Bar and Tavern Association calls governor’s Phase 2 extension ‘death warrant’ for local bars

Many North Carolina bars have been closed more than 100 days because of COVID-19 restrictions. Many owners believe their businesses should have been included in Phase 2 of the state’s reopening. Now that phase is extended, and bars will be closed at least three more weeks.

  What to expect when a COVID-19 contact tracer calls you

The Mecklenburg County Health Department has struggled to get through to some people who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.

Health advisory issued for Kentuckians returning from Myrtle Beach

The guidance from state health officials follows a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases that began after Myrtle Beach hotels reopened May 15.

State health officials provide detailed report on COVID-19 response at Salisbury nursing home

As of June 23, there have been 168 confirmed cases of the coronavirus.

  As COVID-19 patients increase, hospitals prepare for surge

Leaders at health systems around the state say a combination of better medical care and larger stockpiles of protective gear mean they can handle surges in COVID-19 patients more effectively today than they could three months ago.

Saints’ Malcolm Jenkins: Football is “nonessential business” during coronavirus

New Orleans Saints player Malcolm Jenkins said football is a “nonessential business” during an interview with CNN on Thursday morning. He stressed he is not comfortable returning to the field with so many uncertainties.

Cunningham calls for temporary statewide mask requirement

Cunningham said he doesn’t want another shutdown, as he wants businesses to stay open, schools to reopen, and people to stay safe, but wants to get COVID-19 cases under control and slow the spread.

United Airlines suspends service to Myrtle Beach, cites ‘demand conditions’ related to COVID-19

United Airlines has temporarily suspended service to Myrtle Beach due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the airline announced Wednesday.

Amusement parks, July 4 events latest N.C. reopen bills OK’d

The North Carolina General Assembly has finalized yet another Republican attempt to let more businesses reopen despite Gov. Roy Cooper’s COVID-19 restrictions on commerce.

Atrium Health and N.C. business leaders commit to donate 1 million masks

Atrium Health President and CEO Eugene A. Woods announced a group of business leaders have committed to collectively donating 1 million masks, with an emphasis on getting them into the hands of underserved communities.

  Gov. Cooper: N.C. to ‘pause’ in Phase 2 for three more weeks

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday that the state would “pause” in the “safer at home” Phase 2 of reopening for another three weeks.

SC attorney general: Cities allowed to lawfully pass mask mandate ordinances

The South Carolina attorney general is clearing up some confusion over whether individual cities can pass ordinances that require people to wear masks in certain places.

  Boone face mask mandate into fifth day as governor orders it statewide

As Governor Cooper orders face masks be word in any public setting where social distancing cannot happen, the Town of Boone had it’s fifth day of living under a similar mandate.

  Duke University scholars weigh in on challenges of validating, manufacturing a vaccine quickly

Scholars with Duke University and Duke-NUS weighed in on the challenges of validating, manufacturing, and distributing a vaccine for widespread use quickly.

8 coronavirus cases confirmed at Daimler truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland, N.C.

Officials have confirmed eight cases of the coronavirus at the Daimler truck manufacturing plant in Cleveland, N.C.

N.C. gyms, bars stay closed as governor’s COVID-19 veto stays in place

The North Carolina General Assembly has failed to override Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s veto of a measure that would have allowed gyms and bars to open again despite his executive order keeping them closed due to COVID-19.

  Lancaster County schools release COVID-19 bus safety plans, other counties to follow

SCDHEC told the districts buses could only be half full. Vaughn says the state could not give anymore buses to the district so this plan works with what they have.

  Meck Commission passes mask requirement but authority, enforcement unclear

Mecklenburg County Commissioners approved a mask mandate for county residents Tuesday night although the specific language and who will be required to abide by it are yet to be determined.

  Nursing home celebrates survivors of COVID-19

Things are better now and he and others at the facility felt it would be good to honor the survivors.

  S.C. Gov. McMaster announces ‘Palmetto Priority Pledge’ restaurant safety initiative amid coronavirus pandemic

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster will be joined by state leaders of the hospitality industry to announce a new restaurant safety initiative Tuesday.