The Daily Tar Heel

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Wednesday August 10th

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak


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. 

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Column: My parents work in health care. Here's what I've learned

"Both my parents work in the healthcare industry, and the spread of the coronavirus in the U.S. has posed a significant challenge to the two of them. My father is an infectious disease doctor in Dallas. He and other health care providers are working constantly to test and treat patients with the virus. My mother works with hospice and home health care companies, and her work, too, must continue amid coronavirus concerns."

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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.

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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. 

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