Coronavirus

Vince Winkel

Businesses in the Cape Fear Region are facing an uncertain future, with many closing temporarily and some that may never recover. The U.S. Senate is racing to pass a trillion-plus dollar economic aid package. It is likely to include direct aid to individuals, and to small businesses in the form of long term no-interest loans to be paid back starting in 2021. 

The White House coronavirus task force is briefing reporters on the latest on the pandemic. Daily briefings | Times may vary daily.

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New Hanover County leaders have announced the county’s first presumptive case of the coronavirus. The person, who recently traveled internationally, is doing well, and isolating at home. They’re just one of many individuals who have received COVID-19 testing in the county.

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The unprecedented move, just days ago, to cancel events that might draw more than 100 people came from an Executive Order out of the North Carolina Governor’s office.  This statewide mandate is now enforceable, yet it’s hardly the most extreme measure officials have taken to slow the spread of the new coronavirus – known as COVID-19.  

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With 63 presumptive cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina – spread across 18 counties, authorities are doing what they can to slow its spread.  But social distancing and shutting down schools and restaurants can’t stop the criminals hoping to turn a profit from a crisis.  

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While health officials have yet to confirm a coronavirus case in the City of Wilmington, city leaders are working to address resident concerns. Last night’s city council meeting -- which was streamed and held in an almost entirely empty room -- featured discussions on COVID-19 testing and city-employee paid leave.

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As of Tuesday, Mar. 17, there is still only one presumptive coronavirus case in Brunswick County -- the first case in the Cape Fear region. But health officials report dozens of people in the county have been tested for the virus -- and the vast majority of those results have yet to be determined.

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Governor Roy Cooper's Executive Order, announced Tuesday, requires all bars and restaurants in North Carolina to suspend dine-in services. 

Vince Winkel

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper today ordered a suspension of dine-in service at all bars and restaurants in the state. WHQR’s Vince Winkel spoke with restaurant owners and staff in Wilmington about the hardships that lie ahead.

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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is ordering all restaurants and bars be closed to dine-in patrons in another effort to dampen the spread of the new coronavirus. 

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With New Hanover County continuing preparations for COVID-19 cases in the area, County Commissioners briefed the media Monday with their latest information.

There are 33 presumptive cases of novel Coronavirus in North Carolina.  While all schools in the state will remain closed for at least two weeks, the move raises real concerns about child welfare.

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The count of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina is now at 33.  People presumed to have the novel Coronavirus are in 14 counties – with most of the cases still concentrated in the middle of the state. 

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As of Sunday evening, there is one presumed case of the coronavirus in Brunswick County, and none so far in New Hanover.  Stores in the area report shortages of paper towels and toilet paper, as well as fresh meat and vegetables. Meanwhile, staff at the New Hanover Regional Medical Center have been busy preparing for the possibility of a flood of patients. 

As the region prepares for the possibility of confirmed coronavirus cases in our region, communities are taking steps to prepare. Over the weekend Gov. Roy Cooper announced a state-wide school closure order, and a ban on gatherings of over 100 people. Area towns are also taking steps to protect the public.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Saturday ordered all schools in the state to close for at least two weeks, joining other states around the country switching to online learning as the coronavirus spreads. Cooper said he is also issuing an executive order banning all gatherings of more than 100 people.  Meanwhile local businesses are adjusting.

 

New Hanover County emergency officials held a media briefing Friday afternoon to update the community on the coronavirus.

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New Hanover County Public Health has announced that several residents are being tested for COVID-19.  

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As coronavirus case numbers continue to climb in the United States, the elderly and the immunocompromised remain the most at-risk populations. And, with one of the country’s largest outbreaks tied to a nursing home in Washington state, some experts are concerned that assisted living facilities aren’t adequately prepared to protect their patients.

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As of Thursday afternoon, there is not yet a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the Cape Fear region.  But school officials are watching the situation closely.  

North Carolina is now operating under a State of Emergency.  With seven presumptive cases of Coronavirus as of midday on Tuesday, state officials say it’s a critical moment in the outbreak.  The declaration comes as test kits are on backorder and the number of cases is expected to rise.

Vince Winkel

Questions about COVID-19 and the Coronavirus dominated last night’s New Hanover County Commissioners meeting. Health and emergency officials briefed Commissioners on the current situation.

Coronavirus: Local Experts on What You Need to Know

Mar 5, 2020
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On Primary Election day, Governor Roy Cooper announced the first preliminary case of the coronavirus or COVID-19. As of Thursday, March 5th, the number of cases in the U.S. is 100, with a total of 10 deaths. It’s now in thirteen states. WHQR reports on how local scientists and doctors are preparing for its spread…

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