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A tent stands outside the emergency wing of the UNC Medical Center on Monday, March 23, 2020. The tent was set up to keep coronavirus patients separated from other patients and hospital staff members.

N.C. hospitals are changing operations and procedures, adapting to COVID-19 spread

Hospitals across the state of North Carolina are taking steps to ensure that they are ready for the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, expected to come to North Carolina at the end of April. Many hospitals, including UNC Health Care, have limited visiting and nonessential surgeries, but one of the major strains is the lack of personal protective equipment and the long hours now confronting workers. "For the COVID ICU patients, it was just me," Dr. Thomas Bice said. "In addition to the usual thinking about critical care that I had to do, we all had to take on some additional administrative duties, like fielding phone calls or writing notes or writing orders, that are more along the lines of what often the residents take care of."


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UNC sophomore forward Erin Matson (1) defends against Iowa senior defender Katie Birch (11). The Hawkeyes were tied with the Tar Heels 1-1 at halftime. The Tar Heels won 2-1 on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 in Karen Shelton Stadium. 

Inside an unusual offseason for Erin Matson and the UNC field hockey team

It would be difficult enough, one imagines, to muster up enthusiasm in the midst of a 46-game winning streak that goes back to August of 2018. Then add in a global pandemic that has social isolation at an all-time high and motivation at an all-time low. Players would be forgiven if they spent their days on “Tiger King” instead of stick skills. But Erin Matson doesn’t see it that way.

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Terence is one of two lemurs born at the Duke Lemur Center this year. Photo courtesy of the Duke Lemur Center. 

Duke Lemur Center welcomes kin of legendary TV lemur Zoboomafoo

The Duke Lemur Center saw the birth of two lemurs during January. Terence, a Coquerel’s sifaka lemur, was born Jan. 21 this year. Terence is the nephew of the famed Zoboomafoo, another sifaka lemur. Didius, the grandson of Zoboomafoo, was born one day after him, on Jan. 22.


3/13/2020 11:26pm

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Where are the coronavirus cases in North Carolina?

There are 2585 reported cases of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, in North Carolina according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services as of 11:00 a.m. on Sunday. North Carolina, Orange County, and many other localities have declared states of emergency in response to the outbreak. Of the reported cases, 52 are in Orange County.  This interactive county map will be continually updated to show where coronavirus cases have been reported across the state. 


4/2/2020 10:11pm

Central Prison pictured on March 30, 2020 in Raleigh, N.C.

State prisons prepare for continued COVID-19 spread, as first four cases are detected

The first four cases of COVID-19 in state prisons were announced on Thursday, two days after the North Carolina Department of Public Safety increased efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus in prisons. NCDPS first issued guidance on the virus in mid-March, but a coalition of advocates is calling on the department to do more to protect inmates. “We’ve known for awhile now that our prisons and jails across the state are particularly vulnerable to an outbreak of COVID-19,” Molly Rivera, a spokesperson for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, said. 


4/2/2020 9:42pm

Opinion writer Michael Beauregard poses for a portrait. 

Old North State stories: North Carolina on the home front

"Over the past several weeks, grocery store shelves have been completely cleared of toilet paper, paper towels, hand sanitizer, meats and non-perishable goods, creating an atmosphere of scarcity. Similarly, during World War II, North Carolinian families faced scarcity due to wartime rationing."