Coronavirus

The outbreak of COVID-19, a disease caused by a new coronavirus, originated in Wuhan, China, in December 2019 and is  spreading around the world. The illness has symptoms similar to the flu -- fever, cough and shortness of breath.

View all the latest updates, health tips and a map of the infections on our live blog

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Monday, April 6, 2020

The Affordable Care Act marked its 10th anniversary at a critical time for the country: a pandemic, a severe economic downturn and a presidential race in which health care is a cornerstone issue.

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The coronavirus pandemic has hit many of North Carolina's small businesses hard — especially those in the service industry. With dine-in service banned and most customers staying at home, some restaurants are finding creative ways to stay afloat.

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Churches have always been a place of refuge for believers of all denominations but with the continued spread of the coronavirus, churches worldwide have closed their doors -- including in the Charlotte area.

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North Carolina’s top Republican lawmaker, Sen. Phil Berger, is urging state health officials to begin random sample testing of a few hundred people for the coronavirus. Berger said the data could allow the state to reopen some businesses.

Some riders on Lynx Blue Line trains are wearing masks these days.
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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says the city could shut down public transit if there's a surge of COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks.  The mayor raised that possibility during a virtual Q&A session Friday morning, but stopped short of saying anything definitive.

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Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said Friday the city is still planning to host the Republican National Convention Aug. 24-27, though she said the coronavirus pandemic could upend the RNC.

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Gov. Roy Cooper urged North Carolina residents to heed his stay-at-home order during the coming first weekend it is in effect, warning that “these interventions we put in place can be tightened even more if necessary” because a surge of coronavirus cases is coming, according to predictive modeling.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has charged a business manager with violating North Carolina’s stay-at-home order. 

Housing advocates are calling on North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper to guarantee safe housing for the state's homeless population to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In a virtual press conference Friday, they launched a campaign with the hashtag #HaveAHome2StayAtHome.

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At the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board’s last in-person meeting to talk about coronavirus responses, at-large member Jennifer De La Jara was absent. She now says that was because COVID-19 had reached her home. 

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster
U.S. Army

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Henry McMaster has directed South Carolina's health department to begin publicly disclosing confirmed COVID-19 cases by ZIP code, a level of information specificity the agency had previously said was not necessary in efforts to temper the outbreak.

According to Mecklenburg Youth and Family Services officials, there are about 600 children in foster care in the county, 11,000 in North Carolina. Stability is important for these children but the coronavirus epidemic has brought changes for many of them.

N.C. prisons chief Todd Ishee
N.C. Department of Public Safety

North Carolina's prison system has begun health screenings of all staff and visitors, and new prisoners are being tested and quarantined for 14 days. Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee says the moves are aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus, which has now sickened four prisoners and four employees.

chart of unemployment claims
N.C. Department of Commerce

State officials are scrambling to catch up with more than 355,000 new claims for unemployment benefits filed over the past two weeks. But even agency officials admit it can't happen fast enough. 

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The government has gone to work disbursing the billions of dollars Washington has committed to sustain the economy after the deep shock it has undergone in the pandemic, the White House promised on Thursday.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Jovita Carranza, head of the Small Business Administration, vowed that some of the first systems for loans or payments would be up and running as soon as Friday.

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The Democratic National Committee said Thursday that it has postponed its national convention in Milwaukee by a month until August 17 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Democratic National Convention was originally scheduled for July 13-16.

What does that mean for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte?

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Atrium and Novant Health systems are working with Mecklenburg County and the city of Charlotte to set up a field hospital for coronavirus patients in “a matter of weeks,” Atrium CEO Gene Woods said in a teleconference board meeting Thursday. 

For more than two decades, trauma surgeon David Nott spent several weeks each year volunteering in some of the world's most dangerous conflict zones, including Syria, Afghanistan, Congo, Iraq, Yemen and Sarajevo. Now he's in London, applying some of what he learned in war zones and disaster areas as he treats patients with COVID-19.

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The coronavirus has delayed another big event. This time it's the Democratic National Convention.

Amid ongoing questions about when traditional presidential campaigning — and the travel and large crowds it entails — will be able to resume, the Democratic National Committee has delayed its nominating convention until the week of Aug. 17. It had been scheduled for the week of July 13.

The event in Milwaukee is now scheduled for the week before the Republican National Convention, which is set to be held in Charlotte, N.C.

A train engineer told police in Los Angeles that he intentionally crashed his locomotive at high speed near the USNS Mercy hospital ship in what seems to be a bizarre attempt to expose a perceived conspiracy.

Eduardo Moreno said he doesn't believe "the ship is what they say it's for," according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles.

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