COVID-19

Update: NC will close all restaurants and bars for dine-in, takeout and delivery still allowed [Free read]

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Above: Gov. Cooper discusses the latest executive order. WILMINGTON — Governor Roy Cooper will announce a new executive order later today, shutting down dining rooms and bars statewide, while allowing delivery and to-go orders to continue. The order will also address unemployment insurance. Related: Wilmington-area restaurants ask NC to shutter establishments, release temporary unemployment benefits […]

North Carolina shut down all public schools. For pre-K and child care, it’s more complicated. [Free read]

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SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — As working families readjust to state-ordered public K-12 school closures related to the spread of Covid-19, many child care centers remain open. Numbers are dwindling at some daycare centers, with parents either out of work or working remotely while the national and regional economy approaches a standstill. But the healthcare system — […]

Wilmington-area restaurants ask NC to shutter establishments, release temporary unemployment benefits [Free read]

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WILMINGTON — A group of Wilmington-area restaurant owners is asking North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper to shut down restaurants statewide and allow the dispersal of temporary unemployment benefits to employees. Increasing restrictions on public gatherings On Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump and federal officials called for U.S. residents to limit public gatherings to 10 or […]

Suspending disconnects: Local utilities providing some relief during Covid-19 outbreak [Free read]

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SOUTHEAST N.C. — The new coronavirus and subsequent illness caused by it, Covid-19, has plenty of people concerned (and for good reason) but one thing many people won’t need to worry about is getting their power or water cut off due to nonpayment. With the Governor issuing an executive order forbidding large gatherings and public […]

New Hanover and Brunswick County Schools to provide meals to students during shutdown [Free Read]

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SOUTHEAST N.C. — Following the announcement by Governor Roy Cooper that schools across the state would be closed due to concerns over Covid-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, New Hanover County Schools and Brunswick County Schools have announced their intentions to provide meals for students during the closures. Below are the following details […]

Governor Cooper issues an executive order prohibiting large gatherings, retail and restaurants not included [Free read]

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NORTH CAROLINA — Last week Governor Roy Cooper issued a state of emergency for North Carolina. On Saturday, he issued yet another executive order prohibiting large gatherings and the closure of schools across the state. Executive order 117 follows order 116 (the state of emergency declaration) and is directly aimed at stopping the spread of […]

How is New Hanover Regional Medical Center preparing for Covid-19 cases? [Free read]

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WILMINGTON — To date, there has been only one confirmed case of Covid-19 in the greater Wilmington area, identified by Brunswick County. Still, officials say more are likely on the way. Many have asked, how is New Hanover Regional Medical Center preparing for the possibility of an increased number of cases across the seven-county area […]

Update: Brunswick Covid-19 case flew through ILM while ‘symptomatic,’ fellow travelers may be asked to self-quarantine [Free read]

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Update 2:30 p.m. — In a joint release from New Hanover County and the Wilmington International Airport, officials addressed new information released by Brunswick County that the region’s first Covid-19 case involved a person who flew into ILM while showing symptoms of the disease. Related: You have flu-like symptoms. What should you do to get tested? […]

Brunswick County identifies first presumptive case of Covid-19 [Free read]

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY — In a late evening statement, the county announced it had received information identifying a positive test for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes Covid-19. Officials described the case, the first in the Cape Fear region, as an isolated incident. Related: You have flu-like symptoms. What should you do to get […]
Development is a hot topic in New Hanover County, but how does a development actually go from an idea to construction? (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

Update: ‘Not a matter of if, but when’ New Hanover will see Covid-19 cases, officials say [Free read]

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Update 4 p.m. — At a media roundtable on Friday afternoon, county officials urged residents to prepare, but to also remain calm and clear-headed about the spread of Covid-19. Notes from that meeting are below: Steven Still, the county’s emergency management director, noted that his team had been working on preparing a ‘beginning to end’ […]