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Wednesday July 6th

2020 Coronavirus Outbreak


Tents located outside of the emergency wing of UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill on Thursday, March 19, 2020. 

UNC Hospitals develops COVID-19 testing kits, responds to pandemic

With 97 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, the UNC Hospital System is testing patients for the virus and working to support the medical professionals still on the job.  President of Ambulatory and Post-Acute Care Ian Buchanan said clinical microbiology experts at UNC developed their own testing equipment. UNC Health has also formed a COVID-19 response group of health care experts to address the pandemic at the state level.  

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U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis, R-NC, while he was speaker of the House of the N.C. General Assembly in 2012.

CDC awards North Carolina $13.8 million to fight COVID-19

With the receipt of $2.2 billion dollars following approval of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act earlier in March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has given North Carolina $13.8 million to help counteract COVID-19's effects.  The grant is part of a series of efforts the federal government has undertaken to provide funding to public health officials across the country in an attempt to stem the spread of the newest global pandemic, and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has an idea of how to get started.

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Renzo Ortega sits in his Carrboro studio. He is one of many Orange County artists and musicians who have experienced lifestyle changes as a result of COVID-19. The Orange County Arts Support Fund seeks to assist these artists through community donations. Photo courtesy Renzo Ortega.

Orange County Arts Commission starts support fund amid COVID-19

Cancellations of concerts and art events due to the COVID-19 pandemic has created a need for financial support, according to Katie Murray, director of the Orange County Arts Commission. In response, the commission created a fund for artists with a funding goal of $30,000, and is accepting donations for the fund via checks or a GoFundMe page.

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Flyleaf Books is located on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 

Independent bookstores continue to serve the Chapel Hill community despite COVID-19

Despite being closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chapel Hill bookstores like Flyleaf Books and Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews are attempting to bring comfort to their customers by offering curbside pickup and online ordering. Along with the benefits to customers, the decision offers a financial incentive to these businesses and helps employees maintain their positions during the pandemic.

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DTH Photo Illustration. Social media applications have increased exponentially in the past decade, with new apps including Instagram, Snapchat, Vine (RIP), and, most recently, TikTok.

'It is uncharted territory': Maintaining mental health during social distancing

As the University and government are encouraging people to distance themselves socially, students look toward alternative resources to protect their mental health during this time. UNC announced Tuesday that residence halls will be closed for students unless they get an exception to stay there, and on Wednesday, the University urged students who live off-campus to go to their permanent addresses if possible. Though social distancing is encouraged to curb the spread of COVID-19, this practice can be distressing for students. Here are some resources suggested by professionals to deal with the isolation and uncertainty. 

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DTH Photo Illustration. The closing of UNC's residence halls for the rest of the year has left students scrambling to get their things from campus. 

Coronavirus closures complicate move-out process for many UNC students

The closing of UNC's residence halls for the rest of the academic year has left students scrambling to get their things from campus. Though the University initially announced last Wednesday that campus would remain "open and operational" during the remote learning period, the UNC System sent a press release on Tuesday announcing that students must return to their permanent addresses unless granted an exception. The University sent an email later that day, instructing students to move out of their residence halls unless granted a housing waiver. Now, students are dealing with the practical implications of moving out. 

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