More than 27K coronavirus cases reported in Mecklenburg County

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

  Eight coronavirus cases linked to Kannapolis brewery

  Gov. Cooper announces N.C. elementary schools allowed to return for in-person learning

Broad River correctional officer dies after testing positive for COVID-19

CMPD training academy recruit tests positive for COVID-19, more than 60 potentially exposed

DHEC identifies two reasons behind the drop in cases: masks and less testing

Deadline for La. residents to claim IRS stimulus check is Oct. 15

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South Carolina sees drop in new coronavirus cases

UofSC reports significant decrease in number of COVID-19 cases on campus

  More diversity needed for covid-19 vaccine trial in Charlotte

  Following Up: Shane Peoples calls reaction to story of his parents overwhelming, heartwarming, stressful

North Carolina again below 5% in positive COVID-19 tests

As death rates climb in rural NC, COVID-19 has shown up ‘with a vengeance’

  Commissioners call inadvertent COVID text message “unacceptable”

A software company called Health Space admitted fault for the error, but commissioners say more is needed.

About 100 anti-mask protesters meet at SC State House for rally

The group wants Governor Henry McMaster to end his state of emergency regarding COVID-19 and for cities and counties across the state to remove any mask ordinances.

DHEC: 414 COVID-19 cases associated with K-12 schools in SC

In all, 275 cases reported were students and 139 cases reported were employees.

  Rock Hill school leaders step closer to changing mask policy

Rock Hill school leaders passed a motion during first reading to change a mask policy.

  Rock Hill masks mandate could be extended indefinitely, council voting Monday

  Mecklenburg County residents incorrectly sent text saying they were positive for COVID-19

Case of West Nile virus confirmed in Rock Hill, S.C.

S.C. Lt. Governor Evette tests positive for COVID-19

State health department updating criteria for reporting COVID-19 cases

Beloved Spring Valley assistant football coach dies after being hospitalized with COVID-19

Florida bars to reopen even as state battles coronavirus

The state this week rescinded an executive order issued in late June, when the coronavirus was surging in Florida.

  State unemployment benefits remain static as federal dollars wind down

A bill signed by Governor Roy Cooper last week will add an extra $50 per week for people receiving unemployment benefits in North Carolina. However, the money is funded by the federal government and is set to expire in December.

UofSC reports decrease in number of COVID-19 cases on campus

When looking at the total number of people who have had COVID-19 at UofSC since Aug. 1, the number of cases grows to 2,108.

No fans, no tailgating allowed at Saturday’s UNCC vs Appalachian State football game

On Saturday, though, when UNC Charlotte squares off with the Mountaineers, it will be silent.

  Kings Mountain nursing home visited by CDC team, report expected Friday according to county health department

The CDC Strike Team visited the facility on Wednesday to investigate. According to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services data – it is the worst active outbreak in congregate living facilities in North Carolina.

  Mecklenburg Co. officials blame computer glitch for COVID positive texts hours after calling it a ‘scam’

Mecklenburg County leaders now say a text message sent to residents about positive COVID-19 tests were caused by a glitch in their system, just hours after warning that it was a scam seeking to collect personal information.

  Hundreds of teal flamingos placed in Symphony Park to raise awareness for ovarian cancer

The inaugural ‘Flock The Yard’ display is currently set up at Symphony Park next to the SouthPark Mall in south Charlotte.

DHEC’s Duwve withdraws name from consideration as director of Ohio Dept. of Health

Duwve was hired in April by the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as its Director of Public Health.

  S.C. health officials update testing guidelines, recommend monthly tests for those frequent outings, not wearing mask, social distancing

DHEC’s rolling out some new testing guidelines for people choosing to leave their homes. If you are going into crowds or out and about frequently, especially if people are mask-less or not social distancing, DHEC wants those to get tested monthly.

‘We should expect honesty.’ Two NC House candidates blast Trump’s virus comments

Trump told veteran journalist Bob Woodward in February that he knew the novel coronavirus was “deadly,” but chose to “play it down . . . because I don’t want to create a panic.”

Death of SC teacher raises tensions over reopening schools or remaining virtual

Richland Two Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said Ms. Bannister’s death re-affirms the seriousness of the virus, and he said he was already in the mindset of following data and numbers.

  Company sells truckloads of chicken to help in COVID-19 economic troubles

In recent months, dozens of truckloads of 40-pound boxes of chicken have been sold at bargain prices across Western North Carolina.

S.C. governor, health officials talk COVID-19 vaccine rollout, proposal for phase two of CARES Act funds

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and public health officials have presented the plan to distribute a COVID-19 vaccine when one is approved and becomes available.

SCDC: Death of 61-year-old inmate at Broad River Correctional associated with COVID-19

This is Broad River Correctional’s fifth inmate death associated with COVID-19.

NC health officials won’t allow athlete’s families to attend college football games

North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen has denied a request for colleges across North Carolina to allow families of football players to attend games in-person.

NC: Trump rally exceeded pandemic limits, but not illegal

A spokeswoman for North Carolina’s governor says President Donald Trump’s rally in Winston-Salem this week violated state health and safety protocols but was not illegal.

N.C. governor asks politicians to lead by example by wearing masks, social distancing on campaign trail

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper says elected leaders and candidates need to lead by example during the coronavirus pandemic by wearing masks and social distancing on the campaign trail.

  28-year-old teacher at SC public school dies of COVID-19

The 28-year-old teacher had been an educator for five years.

  Changes are coming to Christmastown USA due to COVID-19

Your time in Christmastown USA - one of the best-ranked cities for Christmas lights - will feel a lot different this holiday season because of COVID-19.

  Suicide video on TikTok has mental health professionals worried

This week, clips from the video started to surface on TikTok. You should be aware, the video could appear on your child’s feed without them looking for it.

  Couple dies from COVID-19 holding hands, within four minutes of each other in Rowan Co., N.C.

A local couple, married for 48 years, died from COVID-19 within four minutes of each other while holding hands in the hospital.

  Report reveals effect of COVID-19 pandemic in Mecklenburg Co.

The coronavirus pandemic and its effects across Mecklenburg County were front and center of a new report discussed by county leaders Wednesday afternoon.

  Atrium Health doctor urges flu shots ahead of mid-pandemic flu season

Many health care providers including Atrium Health will offer drive up flu shots, similar to covid-19 testing sites.

  COVID-19 cluster identified at Caldwell County courthouse

Health officials have identified what they call a “cluster of COVID-19 cases” at the Caldwell County courthouse.

168 coronavirus cases reported at nursing home in Kings Mountain

A major coronavirus outbreak has been reported with 168 cases at a nursing home in Kings Mountain. This appears to be the worst active nursing home outbreak in the state.

  Time and money running out for Charlotte coronavirus relief funds

Charlotte city council dedicated more than $76 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to spend on community support before the end of the year.

  New bill signed into law gives parents coronavirus relief money in North Carolina

House Bill 1105 was signed into law by Gov. Roy Cooper after the bill was passed by N.C. lawmakers. The $1 billion bill gives parents $335 to help during the pandemic.

Union County government employee and husband die from COVID-19 complications

A Union County government employee and her husband of 40 years both passed away from COVID-19 complications over the weekend, according to officials.

  Organizations can operate as childcare facilities without requiring background checks under NC Covid-19 relief law

The law provides additional funding for organizations stepping up to help to provide a space for kids to go during the school day for help with remote learning. But, it also loosens restrictions for some child care facilities.

  Major COVID-19 outbreak reported at state prison in Avery County

A total of 70 inmates and three staffers have tested positive in recent days at the Avery-Mitchell Correctional Institution.

UNCW looking to relocate all on-campus students to single-room dorms

In an effort to stem the tide of rising coronavirus infections in college-aged individuals in the county, UNCW is offering students who have roommates at on-campus residence halls the chance to move into single-room dorms for the remainder of the academic year or return home.

Pope Francis declares “gossiping is a plague worse than COVID”

Pope Francis didn’t give specifics during his weekly blessing,.

  Lake patrol officers say Lake Norman has busiest summer, Labor Day holiday in years

Iredell County Sheriff’s lake patrol officers say this year is busier than ever, likely because people have been cooped up indoors and are ready to have some socially distanced fun outside.

  Atrium patients’ information vulnerable after hack at software company

A letter Atrium is sending out to people says a company called Blackbaud was the victim of a ransomware attack and some personal information including names, birthdays and doctors’ names may have been stolen.

  Locally-owned fitness studio continues mostly outdoor classes, says 30 percent capacity inside won’t profit

Gyms and fitness facilities can now reopen at 30% capacity. As some fitness centers are busy opening their doors, other smaller group fitness classes are still facing challenges with Phase 2.5. Owners of boutique fitness classes, like Sweat Method in South End, saying a typical class is at most 25

Union president: Grocery stores should kick out unmasked shoppers

In his 45 years in the supermarket industry, Marc Perrone knows of only two people who died on the job. This year alone, that figure has passed 100.

North Carolina’s governor race enters the homestretch after summer of coronavirus

The stakes are high in North Carolina this cycle.

Family, friends honor Charleston EMT who died following battle with COVID-19

He worked for 17 years in EMS for many local agencies, most recently for MedTrust medical transport.

Harris won’t say if she would take a COVID-19 vaccine approved before election

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris declined to say whether she would take an approved COVID-19 vaccine distributed ahead of the upcoming election.

147 COVID-19 cases and 3 deaths now linked to indoor wedding reception in Maine

Fifty-six of the cases are among wedding guests and their secondary or tertiary contacts, the Maine CDC told CBS News on Saturday.

NC doctor after 10-hour shift in the ER: ‘We are not out of the woods yet’

The Charlotte area has yet to win the battle against COVID-19, despite hard-fought progress to flatten the curve this summer, warns Atrium Health emergency medicine physician Dr. David Callaway.

  North Carolina moves into ’Safer at Home’ Phase 2.5

North Carolina has officially moved into “Safer at Home” Phase 2.5 of reopening, allowing gyms and several other establishments to reopen.

  Gov. Roy Cooper signs $1 billion N.C. coronavirus relief bill, includes direct payments to parents

Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly for the package, which includes direct cash payments of $335 to families with school-age children.

  DHEC releases school data, parents, teachers watching closely

South Carolina parents, teachers, and school staff are going to have more insight on coronavirus in schools starting Friday.

DHEC: 158 COVID-19 cases reported at South Carolina schools

Of those cases, 89 have been identified as students and 69 have been identified as employees.

UofSC expands quarantine capacity as active COVID-19 cases climb to nearly 1,500

As of Friday, Sept. 4, there are a total of 1,461 active cases of COVID-19 at UofSC.

Mecklenburg Co. deputies see lower number of COVID-19 cases at jail

Two inmates currently have the coronavirus.

  Newly approved drug saves local woman fighting metastatic breast cancer

A newly FDA-approved-drug to treat metastatic breast cancer is giving hope to patients at Levine Cancer Institute.

  Gyms in Charlotte prepare to reopen with new safety protocols

Gyms had to close their doors in March, but they are finally gearing up to re-open.

  Former Mecklenburg Co. Health Department nurse alleges whistleblower retaliation in new lawsuit

A former nurse at the Mecklenburg County Health Department has filed a lawsuit against the department and the county, claiming she was fired for raising concerns about the department’s handling of testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

New program provides no-cost COVID-19 testing for the uninsured

A new program launched by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) will reimburse the cost of COVID-19 testing of people without insurance.

  N.C. health leaders continue public face-covering push with new ‘Whatever Your Reason’ campaign

The message will be shared across the state through commercials to television and radio, social media, billboards and advertisements on public transportation.

99-year-old COVID-19 patient released from hospital, days before her 100th birthday

On Wednesday, 99-year-old Anna Jo Thomas was released from Covenant Health after being hospitalized for COVID-19. She was hospitalized for a week and was sent home with a large celebration and a birthday cake. You see, she will turn 100 years old on Sept. 19.

  Gaston County leaders kick off ‘Gaston SAVES’ campaign to fight COVID-19

Officials announced the new Gaston SAVES program, which provides information and resources in regard to the virus.

2 residents, staff worker test positive for coronavirus at Catawba County nursing home

The facility has informed patients, their family members, and staff about the cases.

‘Barely a pulse.’ Charlotte music venues seek city funding to help survive COVID

On Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper moved the state into Phase 2.5 reopening, which includes opening of gyms, bowling alleys and museums, effective at 5 p.m. Friday.

  Charlotte YMCA locations announce plans to reopen Labor Day weekend

The YMCA announced plans to start reopening indoor areas Saturday, a day after Gov. Roy Cooper’s ’Safer at Home’ Phase 2.5 takes effect in North Carolina, which allows gyms and several other establishments to reopen.

  Federal moratorium to stop evictions goes into effect Friday, here’s what you need to know

White House officials are putting a stop to evictions to help families who are struggling because of the pandemic.