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 May 18.
9:00 a.m. -- Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order that extends the prohibition of utility shut-offs and implements a moratorium on evictions. The order lasts for three weeks, prevents landlords from initiating eviction proceedings against a tenant for nonpayment or late payment of rent, and prevents landlords from assessing late fees or other penalties for late or nonpayment, among other measures. "North Carolinians need relief to help make ends meet during the pandemic," Cooper said. "Extending housing and utility protections will mean more people can stay in their homes and stay safe as we all work to slow the spread of this virus." - Elizabeth Baier, WUNC
Nursing homes are hotspots for spreading the coronavirus. Long-term residents can more easily stay isolated from family and friends, but workers and short-term patients travel in and out of nursing home communities. Many may be asymptomatic, unknowingly providing an opportunity for the virus to enter and exit vulnerable communities.