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Thursday January 20th

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak


An empty Boshamer Stadium as pictured on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.

A postseason that never was at UNC baseball's Boshamer Stadium

In a normal season, Friday would have marked the beginning of the NCAA Baseball Tournament, culminating in the eight-team College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, starting June 13. The Tar Heels, 12-7 when their season was cut short, were ranked No. 23 by D1 Baseball at the start of the year. Now, though, there is nothing to play for.

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A peer counselor at the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid gives financial advice to an incoming transfer student. Students with work study jobs are eligible for SNAP benefits, but few UNC students use the program. 

'We just want to know what’s happening': Students push for clarity on CARES Act relief aid

The University is beginning to release emergency funding from the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act for students affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, but some have criticized the administration for moving too slowly to release funds and not being transparent about the process.  Students were formally notified about the opportunity for emergency funding about a month after the University received funds from the CARES Act. The announcement was sent two days after Undergraduate Senator Lamar Richards sent a letter to the chancellor criticizing the University for not publicizing the funds and not moving quicker to release them.

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Volunteers help with food distribution at Chapel Hill Public Library on Friday, May 22, 2020. Photo courtesy of Tom Simon.

Chapel Hill's drive-thru food distribution adapts in the wake of COVID-19

For the past five years, the Town of Chapel Hill has worked with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to distribute food to families in the Town's public housing facilities.   However, as the pandemic has caused food demand to increase significantly, the traditional walk-up distribution didn't seem safe anymore, said Public Housing Director Faith Brodie. To continue to serve the local community through the pandemic, the Town and the Food Bank have collaborated with PORCH, a hunger relief organization in the Chapel Hill and Carrboro area that is familiar with large-scale distribution and volunteer recruitment. 

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A student puts on a mask before leaving his house on Wednesday, May 20, 2020.

UNC community considers implementation of face masks in fall

Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced Thursday the initial logistics of returning to campus for the upcoming fall semester. As a part of Carolina’s Roadmap for Fall 2020, the University is planning to adopt new safety standards to reduce risk of transmission, which include asking community members to wear face coverings.

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El Pueblo Inc., located in 2321 Crabtree Blvd., Raleigh, N.C., focuses in working with the Latin community from the Triangle and the greater North Carolina area. In response to the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement  raids the organization has commed the agency actions.

Survey finds Latinx immigrants lack unemployment benefits, housing security amid COVID-19

Local advocacy group Siembra NC found Latinx immigrants' main concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic include accessing unemployment benefits, finding masks and continuing to pay rent, especially in more expensive areas.  The group surveyed 309 Latinx immigrants from 11 North Carolina counties to learn how to help immigrants and inform policymakers about Latinx communities' needs. Durham City Council member Javiera Caballero said the report also shows how Latinx people have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic, including in infection rates.

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The interior of Kipos Greek Taverna on Franklin Street. Photo courtesy of Shannon Kelly

Kipos Greek Taverna closes on Franklin Street, to reopen in new Chapel Hill location

Kipos Greek Taverna's owners have closed their Franklin Street location, but plan to reopen in a new Chapel Hill location. The decision was a “direct result” of having to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, said owner Giorgios Bakatsias. Other Chapel Hill restaurants are facing more uncertainty — making it unclear how many will be able to reopen after the pandemic.

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