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Major the Bull wears a protective facemark in the downtown plaza in Durham, N.C. Friday, March 27, 2020.
Chuck Liddy / For WUNC

Around the Triangle, streets and restaurants, businesses and college campuses have remained largely empty this week, after Gov. Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order directing North Carolinians to shelter in place for a month. The order went into effect at 5 p.m. Monday, March 30 and will last until April 29.

Photographers Chuck Liddy and Ben McKeown captured some of the empty spaces around our commnity.


North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen and Director of NC Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry will hold a briefing on COVID-19 updates. Watch live here starting at 2 p.m.

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the North Carolina Coronavirus Task Force will hold a briefing on COVID-19 updates. Watch live here starting at 4 p.m.

A tattoo and piercing shop on Hillsborough Street is closed during the coronavirus pandemic in Raleigh, N.C. on Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Ben McKeown / For WUNC

This post will be updated periodically with the latest information on how the coronavirus is affecting North Carolina. Scroll down for older updates. For a recap of last week's news, check out Coronavirus Live Updates: Week Of March 23.

6:05 p.m. - The Orange County health department says two cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a long-term care facility between Durham and Chapel Hill.  A staff member and a resident at the Carolina Point nursing and rehabilitation center have both tested positive for the coronavirus.  The staff member is in isolation, but the resident has been hospitalized.  The local health department says it's monitoring other residents for symptoms. - Will Michaels, WUNC

4:30 p.m. - An employee with Durham Public Schools has tested positive for COVID-19.  The district says the worker had been helping distribute food and instructional materials at Bethesda Elementary School.  That location produces up to 500 meals to be sent to a handful of feeding sites, but the district didn't say exactly where.  Durham Public Schools is trying to determine what adjustments need to be made to its meal distribution program. - Will Michaels, WUNC

12:05 p.m. - The state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission is now allowing buy-backs of unused liquor to help restaurants and bars during the coronavirus pandemic. Restaurants and bars can sell unused liquor to local ABC boards. In a letter to state Representative James Boles, the chairman of the state commission A.D. Guy said he's relying on the expertise of the restaurant and bar community on how to best help them during these difficult times. - Celeste Gracia, WUNC

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the North Carolina Coronavirus Task Force will hold a briefing on COVID-19 updates. Watch live here starting at 4 p.m.

Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the North Carolina Coronavirus Task Force will hold a briefing on COVID-19 updates. Watch live here starting at 2 p.m.

A sign indicates a no-student drop-off zone with Wake County public school buses in the background.
Brian Batista / For WUNC

How the spread of coronavirus, and the mitigation efforts to control it, are impacting some schools in North Carolina.

School Districts

Durham Public Schools will close starting on Monday as a measure to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper (left) will face Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest (right) in the November general election.
Ben McKeown for WUNC / AP

Updated 10 p.m.

Three North Carolina members of Congress with challengers from their own party this year all won primaries on Tuesday.

Caroline Amenabar / NPR

Fourteen states (including North Carolina) and one U.S. territory held presidential primaries Tuesday. The NPR Politics team is spread across the country to cover Super Tuesday.


Noah Fortson / NPR

President Trump is addressing the nation a day after the Senate acquitted him of both articles of impeachment.

Trump said he was "totally vindicated" after a months-long impeachment inquiry and trial. Watch his remarks live.

The Titan Arum, or Corpse Flower, has bloomed in NC State's Marye Anne Fox Science Laboratory.
Adhiti Bandlamudi / WUNC

As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the stories and interviews of 2019. Throughout the year, WUNC reporters, producers, editors and hosts worked on hundreds of these stories for both broadcast and digital publication.

Southern Season, Food, Gourmet Food, Chapel Hill
Leoneda Inge / WUNC

Southern Season – a destination for speciality foods and gifts in the Triangle for decades – will be shut down early next year.

The gourmet retailer filed for bankruptcy protection in 2016 and Calvert Retail then bought its Chapel Hill store and other assets.

Calvert said in a press release it will continue to sell gift baskets and packaged foods online. The company's other stores, including Kitchen & Company in Asheville, will stay open.

Damage after a tornado hit Morehead City
National Weather Service / Morehead City

Updated 5 p.m.

Forecasters say Hurricane Dorian is expected to slowly weaken as it travels near and along the coasts of South and North Carolina.

In its 5 p.m. advisory, the National Hurricane Center says Dorian has weakened slightly and remains a Category 2 storm with maximum sustained winds of 105 mph.

The Chair of the North Carolina Republican Party Robin Hayes has been indicted on charges including bribery, wire fraud and aiding and abetting. Durham businessman and the state’s largest political donor Greg Lindberg, along with two of his associates, John Gray and John Palermo Jr., were also indicted.

Local newscast that aired following NPR's newscast of national and international news. This newscast aired the morning after North Carolina's Primary Election.

The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state inside the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C.
Cameron Pollack / NPR

Former President George H.W. Bush is being honored with funeral services at the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.

The 41st president will be eulogized by his son, former President George W. Bush, as well as a former U.S. senator and a former Canadian prime minister. Dozens of U.S. and world leaders are expected to attend the service.

The entrance of the Brown Recreation Center in Greensboro as voters prepared to cast a ballot in this year's Midterm Elections.
Naomi Prioleau / WUNC

Updated at 7:15 p.m.

Voting hours will be extended at precinct sites in two North Carolina counties.

Liam James Doyle / NPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee is voting on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination.

A full Senate vote on the nomination is expected as early next week. Watch the proceeding live starting at 1:30 p.m.

Chelsea Beck / NPR

President Trump is addressing the United Nations General Assembly today. Watch his remarks live starting at 10 a.m.

Floodwaters from Hurricane Florence inundate the town of Trenton, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.
Steve Helber / AP

Catastrophic flooding from Florence spread across the Carolinas this weekend, with roads to Wilmington cut off by the epic deluge and muddy river water swamping entire neighborhoods miles inland.

Albie Lewis (right), a FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer, talks with NC Governor Roy Cooper (left) aboard a Coast Guard C-130 aircraft after surveying the damage done by Hurricane Florence on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018.
Casey Toth / The News & Observer, Pool

Updated at 5:29 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper toured storm damaged areas around the state Sunday and visited a shelter in Chapel Hill housing evacuees from Hurricane Florence.

Ranomasina, the "extraordinary" blue-eyed black lemur born at the Duke Lemur Center
David Haring / Duke Lemur Center

A baby lemur was born at the Duke Lemur Center that veterinarians have called "extraordinary." 

"This is not just any baby," said Bobby Schopler, a veterinarian at the Duke Lemur Center since 2005. "This is the most important birth in the 13 years I've worked here."

Educators filed into the General Assembly building Wednesday as lawmakers gaveled in the 2018 session
Rusty Jacobs / WUNC

Scientist Rachel Lance poses with a replica she created of  the H.L. Hunley submarine.
Courtesy of Rachel Lance

As the year draws to a close, we take a look at some of the stories and interviews of 2017. Throughout the year, WUNC reporters, producers, editors and hosts worked on hundreds of these stories for both broadcast and digital publication.

illustration of the U.S. Capitol building
Annette Elizabeth Allen for NPR

Tech giants are testifying before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee on Tuesday about Russian efforts to spread disinformation in the U.S.

Representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google, along with two national security analysts, will speak with lawmakers about ways that Russia has used the social media platforms.

Live stream will begin at 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 31, 2017.

President Donald Trump speaks about the U.S. role in the Paris climate change accord, Thursday, June 1, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington.
Andrew Harnik / AP

The United States will withdraw from the international climate agreement known as the Paris accord, President Trump announced on Thursday. He said the U.S. will negotiate either re-entering the Paris agreement or a new deal that would put American workers first. NPR journalists fact-checked and added context to his remarks, including comments about the economy and U.S. energy sector.


WUNC race and southern culture reporter Leoneda Inge
National Association of Black Journalists

WUNC reporter Leoneda Inge received the Journalist of Distinction Award from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ).

The award goes to journalists who provide “breadth and depth in coverage of a topic or topics of significance to people in the African diaspora,” according to NABJ.