Coronavirus

  Mich. woman with coronavirus asked Amazon’s Alexa for help with pain 40 times in days before her death

The nursing home says its staff followed clinical practice guidelines in managing the 66-year-old's pain. She was one of 31 residents and five staff members who had tested positive for the virus.

  Neighbors hold parade for 9-year-old after birthday party canceled due to pandemic

  250 students at Gardner-Webb University stay on campus for help

Cleveland County Courthouse closing for two days after deputy tests positive for COVID-19

  UNC Charlotte student, singer-songwriter believes COVID-19 test showed false negative

Waffle House sells out of waffle mix in 4 hours

HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

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  Charlotte pub owner speaks about efforts to help feed families, frontline workers during COVID-19 pandemic

  Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

  MUSC Lancaster, Chester laying off workers, closing parts of hospitals

  Feds loosen virus rules to let essential workers return

Student at Appalachian State University tests positive for coronavirus

New CDC guidance for essential workers during coronavirus

  CMS approves “premium pay” for essential school district workers

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board has approved “premium pay” for essential workers in the school district.

NC State Treasurer says “intense prayer” helping him recover from COVID-19

Dale Folwell, the State Treasurer of North Carolina, says he's about 75-80 percent recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by a novel coronavirus responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide. The disease put Folwell in the hospital for five days last month with extreme breathing problems.

Charlotte YMCA furloughs 3,700 employees due to COVID-19 closures

About 3,500 part-time staff and 240 full-time employees have been furloughed, according to a statement from the organization. The Charlotte YMCA closed its branches and camps March 17, temporarily suspending in-person classes and activities.

  Charlotte pastor credits wife, God for COVID-19 recovery

Bishop Alan Porter calls himself a walking miracle. He contracted COVID19 and says his recovery was a painful experience. Porter is the Pastor of The Connecting Place at Greater Salem in Northwest Charlotte.

Coronavirus claims couple just 4 days apart

Target employee at Midtown store tests positive for COVID-19

  BBB: New scams target us under stay at home orders with fake COVID-19 “mandatory testing”

  Novant Health first in the southeast to participate in clinical trial to combat COVID-19

  NC college students living off-campus seek rent relief

  Small business owners find obstacles trying to get stimulus loans

  Union County first responders thank healthcare workers in surprise procession to hospital

They say they feel supported by the medical community, and now they have the chance to give that support right back.

South Carolina has more than 2,500 COVID-19 cases, 63 virus-related deaths

South Carolinians are encouraged to stay home and minimize contact with people outside their households to prevent the spread of the disease.

Some doctors moving away from ventilators for virus patients

Some doctors worry that the machines could be harming certain patients.

10 people have died from coronavirus in Mecklenburg County, cases surge past 840

Mecklenburg County has reported 10 coronavirus-related deaths, as cases in the county climbed to 848 Wednesday afternoon.

  Engineers turn breast pumps into ventilators

The engineering group is consulting with pulmonologists to make sure they’re on the right track.

Woman with coronavirus dies in Gaston County, third virus-related death

A woman in her 70s who had the coronavirus has passed away in Gaston County. This is the county’s third virus-related death.

  Legislative leaders say DMV deadlines will be changed after questions from WBTV

North Carolina’s legislative leaders signaled Wednesday that lawmakers would retroactively ease deadlines and regulations surrounding the state’s motor vehicle laws.

Gov. Edwards: Life like you lived it won’t be the same 17,030 cases of COVID-19 in Louisiana, 652 deaths

The Louisiana Department of Health is reporting 17,030 cases of the COVID-19 virus in the state with 652 deaths as of Wednesday afternoon (April 8).

Teen girl, who was doctor-ordered to self-quarantine, purposely coughs on S.C. police officers

A young girl who was ordered by a doctor to self-quarantine, purposely coughed on police officers in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

McMaster issues executive order allowing furloughed employees to qualify for unemployment

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued a new executive order that allows furloughed employees to receive “COVID-19 Support Payments” from their employers and also qualify for unemployment benefits.

Dick’s Sporting Goods furloughs most of its 40,000 employees

Dick’s Sporting Goods is finding it impossible to function without any sports, so the big box retailer says it is furloughing most of its 40,000 employees.

  ‘This should not be surprising to us’; Health director speaks about COVID-19 impact on African Americans in Meck Co.

When it comes to coronavirus in Mecklenburg County, the African American community makes up 48 percent of the positive cases.

  Quitting smoking now could up your odds against COVID-19

COVID-19 is known to attack a person’s lungs and one of our best defenses against that is to make sure they’re strong and healthy in the first place. For many, that starts by stopping smoking.

  COVID-19 outbreaks reported at two Meck. County nursing homes, third being investigated

Mecklenburg County health officials confirmed Wednesday they have confirmed outbreaks at two nursing home facilities and investigating a possible third.

  Report: Outbreak triggers drop in climate-changing emissions

Despite mocking the idea of climate change, President Donald Trump will preside over one of the country’s sharpest drops in climate-damaging emissions on record, as the economic paralysis from the coronavirus tamps down energy use, according to an Energy Department projection on Tuesday.

  UN health agency on defensive after Trump slams it on coronavirus

The World Health Organization was on the defensive Wednesday after President Donald Trump blasted the U.N. health body over its recommendations on the coronavirus and threatened to strip hundreds of millions of dollars that had come from its top single donor.

  Stocks up 3.4% on Wall Street as hopes build for virus peak

Markets have been incredibly volatile in recent weeks as investors blindly guess how badly the coronavirus outbreak will hurt corporate profits amid suffocating uncertainty.

  Justice delayed: Coronavirus crisis upends US legal system

The public health crisis could build a legal backlog that overwhelms courts across the country, leaving some defendants behind bars longer, and forcing prosecutors to decide which cases to pursue and which to let slide.

  Here’s why cats potentially exposed to coronavirus should stay inside

Some veterinarians are recommending cat owners to keep their furry felines inside if their home has potentially been exposed to coronavirus.

  Starbucks antes up $10M for employees impacted by coronavirus

The money can be used for things like housing and utilities, the sudden loss of home, the death of a family member or partner, and related funeral expenses.

At least 53 people have died from coronavirus in North Carolina as total cases surge past 3,400

North Carolina health officials reported a total of 3,426 cases of coronavirus across 90 counties Monday, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS). At least 53 deaths have been reported.

  Catawba County confirms another coronavirus case, bringing total to 28

Catawba County officials confirmed Wednesday that they have identified another case of coronavirus, bringing the county’s total up to 28.

NerdWallet: 7 kinds of COVID-19 relief for college students

All students with federal loans qualify to delay payments, interest-free, through September. Some private lenders are offering forbearance as well.

  10 dead at Georgia nursing home as coronavirus hits facility

The coronavirus outbreak has hit a Georgia nursing home hard, as 10 people have died inside the facility.

Harris Teeter now limiting number of customers allowed inside amid COVID-19 pandemic

Stores will start asking customers to wait outside if the number of people inside is at 50-percent of the building code capacity, officials said in a release.

  100 American Airlines flight attendants test positive for coronavirus

The Association of Professional Flight Attendants says the airline has agreed to start providing face masks for frontline team members.

  Coronavirus claims an unexpected victim: Florida vegetables

Thousands of acres of fruits and vegetables grown in Florida are being plowed over or left to rot because farmers can't sell to restaurants, theme parks or schools nationwide that have closed because of the coronavirus.

First coronavirus-related death reported in Iredell County

According to the Iredell County Health Department, the patient did have underlying health issues.

  Baltimore police investigating after video shows sergeant coughing near residents

The Baltimore Police Department is investigating after a sergeant was caught on camera coughing near residents of a Southeast Baltimore housing project without covering his mouth.

Did you have coronavirus without knowing? Scientists are developing tests to find out

Given that symptoms of COVID-19 can range from extreme to nonexistent, many may be left wondering if they’ve already had it, or if their turn is still to come.

Duke law student recovers from coronavirus, wants others to learn from his experience

A Duke Law School student who recovered from COVID-19 hopes others can learn from his experience with the virus.

N.C. county receives anonymous $100,000 donation to help with COVID-19 response efforts

The $100,000 donation will be used to offset the costs associated with running the county’s Emergency Operations Center.

  Insulin maker to cap out-of-pocket costs amid coronavirus pandemic

The co-pay cap will cover most of the pharmaceutical company's insulin, including the Humalog injection.

Tenn. assisted living facility connects community with residents through pen pal program

For many residents at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, the strict stay-at-home orders have caused loneliness as they attempt to stay in touch with family barred from visiting them.

  Credit rating agency says AMC Theaters is in big trouble

S&P Global downgraded AMC Theaters from B to CCC- and said it expects the company to remain closed beyond June because of the coronavirus.

FEMA approves housing alternatives for NC residents during coronavirus pandemic

North Carolina will provide housing alternatives for residents with unstable housing who may need to quarantine in response to COVID-19, or for residents who are at high-risk for severe illness from the virus.

  Wisconsin voters forced to choose between health, democracy

Thousands were forced to congregate for hours in long lines on Tuesday with no protective gear. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health and unable to be counted because requested absentee ballots never arrived.

Census sends paper forms to laggards as Midwest sets pace

Starting Wednesday, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 65.6 million homes whose residents haven't yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire.

‘I was fighting for my life’: 60-year-old COVID-19 survivor credits God for her recovery

A South Georgia family is celebrating after their loved one survived COVID-19.

7-Eleven giving free car washes to Charlotte medical staff and first responders

7-Eleven is giving free car washes to medical staff and first responders in Charlotte.

  Texas woman, 18, arrested after threatening to spread coronavirus, police say

Police charged the suspect with terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, after she surrendered.

  Charlotte ECPI University nursing students hit the front line to battle COVID-19 before graduating

To keep up with the number of patients in hospitals right now, the state board of nursing is changing some rules to get more nurses into the workforce.

  Novant, Atrium now say they need 600-bed field hospital in uptown Charlotte; Mecklenburg County closes park gates

Mecklenburg will close gates at public parks, limiting access to those who can walk into the spaces.

  NYC virus deaths exceed 4,000, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that if Americans continue to practice social distancing for the rest of April, "we will be able to get back to some sense of normalcy."

  Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid coronavirus

Democrats in and out of Wisconsin screamed for the low-profile contest to be postponed, yet Republicans — and the conservative-majority state Supreme Court — would not give in.

  Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

Glenn Fine, the acting Defense Department inspector general and a veteran watchdog, had been selected by peers last month for the oversight position.

Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73

Americana legend, John Prine, has died from COVID-19 complications, according to the New York Times. He was 73.

  Tennis friends surprise Salisbury woman, sing for 83rd birthday while practicing social distancing

The group of women gathered on the front yard so they could sing happy birthday to 83-year-old Penny Roemer.

  Community engagement officers delivering food to local hotels for homeless families

Community engagement officers from the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office have been spending a portion of their weekdays delivering meals to local hotels.

  N.C. hospital reopening to alleviate expected surge in COVID-19 patients

It closed in 2017 but state leaders say it is now being prepared to reopen with the expectation it could help with the influx of COVID-19 patients in North Carolina.

The Easter Bunny and Tooth Fairy are “essential workers,” says New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

"As you can imagine, at this time, of course, they're going to be potentially quite busy at home with their family, as well, and their own bunnies," Ardern said." And so, I say to the children of New Zealand, if the Easter Bunny doesn't make it to your household, then we have to understand that it's

  One-on-one with Dr. Fauci: The next hot zones, African American deaths, and safety for factory workers

Dr. Anthony Fauci is now a familiar face to Americans as he gives daily updates at the White House. Gray Television Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro talked to him Tuesday about what communities across the country are facing.

Man charged after large N.C. block party says he will fight the allegations

It started around 6:30 Sunday evening when police were dispatched to Riddle Road where they say between 30 and 50 people had gathered.

  Twitter’s Dorsey sets up $1B fund; consumers get some breaks

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed.

Hospital staff cheers as first intubated COVID-19 patient leaves ICU

Good news out of the East Alabama Medical Center!

Frenship High School student develops respirator for COVID-19 patients

After an assigned project by his engineering teacher and robotics team coach amid distance learning, 17-year-old Mark Dannemiller was determined to figure out a way to help those suffering from the virus.

  Local leaders concerned how COVID-19 impacts African Americans

Mecklenburg County leaders are concerned about the impact COVID-19 is having on the African American community.

Virginia hospital closes Children’s NICU to visitors, including parents because of coronavirus concerns

Exceptions are being made for patients who "are near death."