Michael Taffe

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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.

Here's how COVID-19 changed life in the University and state over the course of a month

The University, city and state have seen dramatic changes over the past month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. From classes going remote and campus shutting down to North Carolina residents being directed to stay at home, coronavirus and the related restrictions impact nearly every aspect of people's daily lives. From the first case in North Carolina to a statewide stay-at-home order and everything in between, here's how COVID-19 has impacted UNC, Chapel Hill and North Carolina so far.  


The outside of the emergency wing of UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill, N.C., Thursday, March 19, 2020. 
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Four cases of COVID-19 identified in Orange County

Four cases of COVID-19 — also known as coronavirus — have been identified in Orange County according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and a press release from the Orange County Health Department (OCHD) on Friday morning.


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Where are the coronavirus cases in North Carolina?

There are 1857 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 Thursday. North Carolina, Orange County, and many other localities have declared states of emergency in response to the outbreak. Of the reported cases, 37 are in Orange County.  This interactive county map will be continually updated to show where coronavirus cases have been reported across the state. 


Orange County Commissioner Penny Rich reviews documents at a joint school boards meeting between Orange County Public Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Board of County Commissioners. The meeting took place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at the Whitted Building in Hillsborough, N.C.

Orange County commissioners race headed for recount

Incumbent Orange County Commissioner Penny Rich received 31.12 percent of the vote, compared to her fellow incumbent Commissioner Mark Dorosin, who received 31.14 percent. However, county officials are still unsure how the state of emergency associated with the coronavirus will affect the recount procedure. 


Orange County Commissioner Penny Rich reviews documents at a joint school boards meeting between Orange County Public Schools, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools and the Board of County Commissioners. The meeting took place on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at the Whitted Building in Hillsborough, N.C.

Local PACs drive out incumbents on Orange County Board of Commissioners

Chapel Hill Leadership PAC, related to the local interest group known as CHALT, and Save Orange Schools PAC backed newcomers Amy Fowler and Jean Hamilton over incumbents Mark Marcoplos, Mark Dorosin and Penny Rich in the race for Orange County Board of Commissioners. Fowler unseated Marcoplos in the race for the At-Large District and Hamilton received more votes than both Dorosin and Rich in the race for District 1. Because the margin between Dorosin and Rich is so narrow, there is the possibility of a recount to see who will get the second seat on the Board for District 1.


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A recount completed on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 officially confirmed UNC senior Tai Huynh has taken incumbent Nancy Oates' seat in the race for Chapel Hill Town Council. 

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A recount completed on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 officially confirmed UNC senior Tai Huynh has taken incumbent Nancy Oates' seat in the race for Chapel Hill Town Council.