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98 new COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations climb

Dec. 16. By Dave Yochum. As frontline healthcare workers receive the first coronavirus vaccines, the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services is reporting increases in statewide hospitalizations and positive test rates. Today’s COVID-19 report from the NCDHHS showed 2,811 North Carolinians hospitalized due to the coronavirus, up 76 from yesterday’s record high of 2,735. […]

OPINION: Help is on the way. But first we have to dig deep

Dec. 11. OPINION. By Roy Cooper. When I announced North Carolina had its first known COVID case on March 3rd, most of us didn’t expect to be living like this in December. Instead of preparing for beloved holiday traditions, we’re making virtual gathering plans and mourning the loss of more than 290,000 Americans from COVID-19. As […]

Gov. Cooper at press conference

COVID-19 vaccine coming for those most at risk ‘in a few weeks’

Dec. 1. By Dave Yochum. As cases of COVID-19 rise steadily, NC Gov. Roy Cooper said free COVID-19 vaccines are on the way in a few weeks, but “we need to keep doing what we know works,” including wearing masks and social distancing. At a 3 pm press conference, the governor said COVID-19 hospitalizations surpassed […]


Daily new COVID-19 increase climbs back over 3,000 statewide, record hospitalizations

Nov. 17. By Dave Yochum. With Gov. Roy Cooper set to address North Carolina this afternoon, the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services reported 3,288 new cases of COVID-19 statewide. That’s up from 1,972 new cases yesterday but down from the record 3,885 new cases reported Saturday. While there have been changes in the […]

NC Gov. Roy Cooper

Phase 3: Theaters, bars may reopen at reduced capacity Friday 5 pm

Sept. 30. Explaining that most businesses are open but many North Carolinians are still afraid to patronize them, North Carolina will move “cautiously” into Phase 3 Friday afternoon. Gov. Roy Cooper said the state’s coronavirus metrics were stable in September. Phase 3 still requires venues to enforce social distancing among customers as well as the […]

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Positive COVID-19 test rate rises to 6.5% statewide; steady around 4.3% in Mecklenburg

Sept. 30. The NC Dept. of Health and Human Services reported 1,495 new cases of COVID-19 statewide as well as 38 new related deaths today. New cases, of course, lead to hospitalizations, which rose by six statewide for a total of 956, according to the NCDHHS. The state reports new COVID-19 cases on a daily […]

Video still from Gov. Coopers Sept. 1 press conference.

Safer at Home 2.5 begins Friday; gyms can open at 30%

Sept. 1. NC Gov. Roy Cooper says Safer at Home Phase 2.5 commences this Friday at 5 pm. After five-plus months, businesses like gyms, bowling alleys, museums and aquariums can open. Some of the components of Phase 2.5 include: —Mass gathering limits will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors from the current […]

Op-Ed: Congress must extend unemployment benefits

OPINION. July 23. By Gov. Roy Cooper. Next week, thousands of North Carolinians who are out of work due to COVID-19 will see a drastic reduction in their unemployment benefits despite this pandemic being far from over. The additional $600 a week unemployed workers have received from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program has been […]

Using Johns Hopkins data, we compiled a chart of North Carolina's new confirmed cases of COVID-19 per day from June 15 through July 15. The state's average number of new daily cases since June 15 is 1,535 and its median is 1,488. The past 7-day average and median are 486 and 410 cases higher at 2,021 and 1,898

COVID-19 cases climb 2,160 statewide

July 16. By Dave Yochum. Mecklenburg County had 410 new cases of the coronavirus overnight, according to the daily report from the NC Dept. of Health & Human Services. Mecklenburg, which has 17.5 percent of all North Carolina COVID-19 cases, has had a total of 16,360 since the outbreak began in March. Wake County, which […]