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

AllenG. Breed / AP

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 30.

3:45 p.m. - Orange County is reporting its first resident death from complications associated with COVID-19. The patient was under Hospice Care at PruittHealth – Carolina Point, one of two nursing home facilities in Orange County where there are outbreaks of COVID-19. Carolina Point has at least 66 residents with confirmed cases of the illness.  Two other residents of Carolina Point have died.  - Celeste Gracia, Will Michaels, WUNC

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

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.

12:02 p.m. - The state Department of Health and Human Services says there are now more than 2,500 cases of COVID-19 in the state. 31 deaths from the illness have been reported. Nearly 270 people are hospitalized. 89 of the state's 100 counties have identified cases of COVID-19. The state says over 40,000 tests have been conducted. - Elizabeth Baier, 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.

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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.

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