Chapel Hill firefighters monitor the rush to Franklin Street follwing the Tar Heel's 88-72 win against the Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 in Chapel Hill, N.C. It is a yearly tradition for UNC students to run to the intersection of the Franklin Street and Columbia Street after a Tar Heel win against the Blue Devils.

‘It's not business as usual’: Essential workers continue on through pandemic

While most are sheltered in their homes, essential personnel like firefighters, policemen and medical workers continue to provide community services. How are these workers staying safe from COVID-19?

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak

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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. 

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. 

Maddie Ellis, assistant Arts & Culture editor, pictured on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. 

Column: What I'm reading and what I recommend

"Taylor Lorenz recently wrote an article called 'Stop Trying to Be Productive,' and it was exactly what I needed to hear. So I’m putting down my phone and its anxiety-inducing news notifications, and instead picking up a book." Assistant Arts & Culture Editor Maddie Ellis shares the books on her quarantine reading list.

DTH Photo Illustration.  An Alert Carolina message sent on Saturday, March 21, 2020 confirmed  multiple members of the UNC community have tested positive for COVID-19.

'I've heard all the stereotypes': Students, alumni respond to COVID-19-related racism

UNC alumni and students emphasized that racism toward Asians is not a new concept. These sentiments have always been present, they said, but now racists have an excuse to express themselves. Members of the UNC campus community have reported experiencing prejudice as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China. Students and alumni referenced the use of the term, "the Chinese Virus," as well as fear of hate crimes and discrimination. Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz responded to "incidents of racism and xenophobic animosity" with a campus-wide email on March 25.