Memorial Day weekend draws crowds -- and triggers warnings

The U.S. is continuing a cautious state-by-state reopening, even as the president urged states to relax their lockdowns during the Memorial Day weekend.

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Riverbanks Zoo reopens with new reservation requirement

  N.C. records nearly 500 new COVID-19 cases

  White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet

  Former N.C. Representative blasts Pottery Barn on social media over store appointment policy

Rep. Scott Stone tweeted a picture outside of a Pottery Barn showing his disgust for its new store appointment policy.

  Changes are coming to many barbershops, salons for safety reasons

You’re no longer forced to get an at-home haircut. Barbershops and salons are back in business now that Governor Cooper is moving forward with his second phase to reopen North Carolina.

Isle of Palms parking lots full, traffic heavy during Memorial Day Weekend

Isle of Palms parking lots are already full on Saturday morning, according to IOP officials.

Firefighters show up as ‘honorary Dads’ for graduate

More than a dozen Whiteville firefighters showed up to support a graduating high school senior who lost her father recently.

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Trump plays golf for 1st time since the coronavirus pandemic

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Lawsuit: NC laws expose many voters to virus risks

  Meck. County reports nearly 3,100 positive cases of COVID-19, 74 deaths

  South Carolina COVID-19 cases surpass 10,000, with 435 deaths

SC okays return of youth sports despite COVID-19. This new league is ready to play.

Now that Gov. Henry McMaster has announced that youth sports can return around the state, summer baseball games in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Lancaster, the Columbia area, Horry County and other areas could be the first live sporting events after months of quarantining and social distancing.

  Life and death in a pandemic: daughter of man who died in hospital thanks nurse who held his hand

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live, and in some cases, the way we die. Several weeks ago an 81-year-old man passed away at Novant Health in Rowan.

  Mo. hair stylist works while symptomatic, tests positive for coronavirus

Between May 12 and May 20, a stylist at a Great Clips came in contact with 84 clients and seven coworkers, who now all will be tested for the coronavirus.

Letter in honor of critically injured trooper prays for safety over Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is a holiday when many spend time with family on a road trip. Although most will have a relaxing weekend with loved ones, it can be a difficult time for those working in law enforcement.

Hairstylist with coronavirus worked while symptomatic, exposing as many as 91 people

According to the Springfield-Green County Health Department, the stylist went to work at a Great Clips location in Springfield while showing coronavirus symptoms from May 12 to May 20.

Judge grants restraining order to Boone businesses after town passed order requiring visitors to self-isolate

The town’s order, passed Thursday, required people “except for commuters who regularly work in Watauga County," to not enter any establishment open to the public other than medical offices and facilities" until they’ve been in the county uninterrupted for at least two weeks.

Charlotte YMCA to restart exercise, swimming, camp programs in June

North Carolina rules do not yet allow for the reopening of gyms, which is several weeks away under Gov. Roy Cooper’s plan. The YMCA of Greater Charlotte closed its 19 branches on March 17, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump’s disconnect with DC widens during viral pandemic

The capital city’s coronavirus death rate is higher than all but four states: New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Top UN official warns malicious emails on rise in pandemic

Izumi Nakamitsu told an informal meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Friday that “there have also been worrying reports of attacks against health care organizations and medical research facilities worldwide.”

Debt and coronavirus push Hertz into bankruptcy protection

Hertz and its subsidiaries will continue to operate, according to a release from the company. Hertz's principal international operating regions and franchised locations are not included in the filing, the statement said.

Myrtle Beach ‘extraordinary event’ declaration gives police more authority for Memorial Day weekend

While restaurants and businesses deal with the influx of visitors for the Memorial Day weekend, Myrtle Beach police are making sure they can step in and help out businesses if anything gets out of hand.

  As NC restaurants partially reopen dining rooms, state offers online certification course

The North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association created an online certification.

High school, youth sports are coming back in North Carolina by following these guidelines

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen released a set of recommendations for non-contact sports to resume in Phase 2 of the state’s re-opening plan, which went into effect 5 p.m. Friday.

15-30% more people test positive for antibodies than COVID-19

This data could give us a sense of how many people have contracted COVID-19 and not just the number of people who tested positive, since many people were not able to get tested and others never developed symptoms.

Ex-Hoya, ex-Knick, current Georgetown coach Patrick Ewing has COVID

Georgetown basketball coach Patrick Ewing tested positive for COVID-19 and is being treated at a hospital.

  WBTV presents Week 8 of Helpers & Heroes: Charlotte area unites during global pandemic

WBTV has dedicated an entire show to highlight positive stories about how helpers and heroes in our community have come together during this global pandemic.

Cool way to show appreciation: ‘Heroes Work Here’ ice sculpture delivered to hospital

Michael Kowalski, also known as Ice Man Ski, thanked healthcare heroes with a pretty "cool" gesture.

What’s open and what’s not? A guide to Phase Two.

Friday marked the first night of North Carolina’s Phase 2 reopening plan. But as some businesses are allowed to open and many others can’t, it can cause confusions.

  NC breweries, wineries, distilleries allowed to reopen in Phase Two of state’s reopening process

Cooper issued Phase Two at 5 p.m. on Friday, meaning that restaurants can serve in its dining rooms at 50 percent and so long as they abide by the sanitization and social distancing guidelines.

Universal Orlando sets reopening date

The resort said it will begin welcoming guests again on June 5.

  Self-employed North Carolinians struggle with unemployment claims

Under normal circumstances people who are self-employed wouldn’t qualify for unemployment insurance in North Carolina but thanks to federal funding and a new state law they do.

  Atrium Health debuts mobile emergency department at Coca-Cola 600

Sunday marks the 61st running of the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The coronavirus pandemic put that milestone in jeopardy, but the race will go on with some safety measures in place.

COVID-19 update in Mecklenburg: County is ‘on target’ for coronavirus testing goal

Atrium Health and Novant Health, in the last two weeks, have administered about 20,500 tests locally, Harris said during a Friday virtual news conference. Harris announced in early May that Mecklenburg aims to test about 55,500 people by early June.

38 test positive for COVID-19 at uptown tower construction site, prompting a shutdown

As a result of the spike in cases, most of which occurred in the past week, Hoar Construction decided to shut down the job site until June 1, Randall Curtis, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Uber Eats rolls out more ‘Family Style Meals’

A full rollout in the United States and Canada will come by June.

SEC to allow football workouts on campus beginning June 8

The SEC’s announcement Friday is the latest sign that a college football season will be launched in some form this fall.

Disinfected dice: Las Vegas casinos getting ready to roll

Tourists returning to Las Vegas will see changes since gambling stopped in mid-March for the first time ever to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

‘Count on Me NC,’ a safety training program for restaurants, businesses implemented as state eases more restrictions

The top priority as the state eases more restrictions is safety, and continuing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

  Trump deems churches ‘essential,’ calls for them to reopen

Many governments — even those where the virus is still on the rise — say they have to shift their focus to saving jobs that are vanishing as quickly as the disease can spread.

Matthew McConaughey delivers 110K face masks to hospitals in rural Texas

The actor is out delivering personal protective equipment to rural Texas hospitals.

  Senate leader demands answers after report about prison nurse’s COVID-19 death

State Senate leader Phil Berger is demanding answers from the North Carolina prison system following a news report from WBTV and a statewide network of reporters Thursday that revealed the death of a Caswell Correctional Center nurse diagnosed with COVID-19.

  Big study casts more doubt on malaria drugs for coronavirus

Friday’s report in the journal Lancet is not a rigorous test of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine, but it is by far the largest look at their use in real world settings, spanning 671 hospitals on six continents.

  Livestreaming this weekend: Memorial Day, Harry Potter and Gibson guitars

The National Memorial Day Concert, Gibson Guitar's new show and a Harry Potter-themed play get a virtual premiere.

  Will virus keep Florida spectators from astronaut launch?

NASA and SpaceX are urging spectators to stay at home next Wednesday for safety reasons. Officials in Brevard County, home to the Kennedy Space Center, are rolling out the welcome mat in an effort to jump-start a tourism industry hit hard this spring by coronavirus-related lockdowns.

Trump orders flags at half-staff in memory of coronavirus victims

This will also be the scene at government buildings and national monuments throughout the U.S.

  AP-NORC poll: Many in US won’t return to gym or dining out

That hesitancy in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak could muffle any recovery from what has been the sharpest and swiftest economic downturn in U.S. history.

  Phase 2 of reopening North Carolina to begin at 5 p.m.

North Carolina will enter Phase 2 of reopening on Friday, May 22, Gov. Cooper announced Wednesday.

  CDC estimates 35% of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic

The numbers are part of new guidance the CDC is providing leaders to help them from planning.

  Classic arcade game Pac-Man turns 40 on Friday

One of the most popular video games of all time is now 40 years old.

  Nation’s capital aims to start reopening May 29

Bowser on Thursday penciled in Friday, May 29 as a potential start date for phase 1 of the District of Columbia’s proposed three-phase reopening plan.

  Nearly 39 million have lost jobs in US since virus took hold

More than 2.4 million people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week in the latest wave of layoffs from the viral outbreak.

  'Hundreds of millions’ in bogus jobless benefits paid out

Impostors have used the stolen information of tens of thousands of people in Washington state to receive hundreds of millions of dollars in unemployment benefits.

  AccelerateEd Tasks Force discusses summer program, safety in schools

How to keep your kids keep from falling behind in this unprecedented learning environment. That is what a task force in South Carolina is trying to figure out. South Carolina’s Accelerate Ed task force met today to discuss how they plan on having summer schools in districts across the state.

  First case of serious children’s illness linked to COVID-19 reported in North Carolina

North Carolina health officials are reporting the first case of a serious children’s illness named Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) in the state.

  Fireworks stands seeing booming sales in Fort Mill

Now that the doors are back open, things are starting to get back to normal, even though they’re still following strict social distancing protocols.

  ‘I’m here. I’m embracing it’: Lincoln County woman talks about living in Italy during pandemic

A Lincoln County woman spoke to WBTV about living in Italy during the coronavirus pandemic.

  Lesson Learned, Lessons Lost: Answering questions about the future of education

How do we make sure our students continue to learn with schools closed indefinitely?

  GOP weighs jobless aid cuts to urge Americans back to work

As Americans confront a crisis unlike any in modern times, the world’s greatest deliberative body is doing almost anything but deliberate the coronavirus.

  S.C. now permits evictions. What to know if you get a notice

Two months passed without an eviction in South Carolina, a judge stopped them in March so people wouldn’t be without the one place South Carolinians were urged to stay in.

  Facebook to allow employees to work from home for the rest of 2020

CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes over the next five to 10 years, half of the company could be working remotely fulltime.

  How ‘personal care’ services like waxing and nail bars are trying to reopen safely, Friday

They have installed Plexiglas between employees and the customers and will be seating customers at every other chair. They will require customers to wash their hands, and ask them to wear face masks.

100-year-old WWII veteran gets standing ovation at hospital after beating COVID-19

A 100-year-old WWII veteran has been released from Henrico Doctors’ Hospital after beating coronavirus!

  U.S. Health Secretary tours testing site at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Secretary Azar toured Atrium Health’s Med-1, a mobile hospital that’s parked in front of Charlotte Motor Speedway, and met with local legislators and health leaders for a round table discussion on the coronavirus pandemic.

Broadway star Cordero suffers setback in coronavirus recovery, wife says

His wife Amanda Kloots said his health was going downhill during an Instagram Live video stream.

  Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump visits Michigan Ford plant

Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday to highlight lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face masks.

Iredell Co. graduate rides horse to accept high school diploma

Schools and graduating seniors are finding ways to celebrate their accomplishments in unique ways after this coronavirus pandemic ruined their ceremony plans.

N.C. health secretary discusses gyms, breweries

When Gov. Roy Cooper announced Phase 2 of reopening the state would begin Friday, gyms were not among the list of businesses that got the go-ahead to reopen.

NC State Board sets requirements for 2020-21 remote instruction plans

With at least some amount of remote instruction a likely part of the 2020-21 school year, the State Board of Education approved a set of requirements all school districts and other public schools, including charters, must meet in drafting remote instruction plans due this summer.