Coronavirus

Pandemic Recovery: Public Input Needed

How will Orange County recover from the COVID-19 pandemic? The Orange County Long-Term Recovery Group is offering its suggestions virtually this Friday and Saturday, and will allow the public to have a say in the plan moving forward.

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Restaurants Brace for the Cold

Local restaurants are bracing for looming cold weather and the possibility of less business because of customers’ worries about dining inside during the COVID-19 pandemic.


UNC Delays Start of Spring Semester

UNC plans to begin its spring semester on Jan. 19 — a two-week delay from the original academic calendar — because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.



UNC Getting Input on Spring Plans

UNC is convening a new advisory committee — comprised of students, faculty, staff and community members — to examine how to tackle the spring semester during the coronavirus pandemic.


Four UNC Students Cited

Four UNC students have been cited for violating Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order requiring masks and prohibiting large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic.


UNC Panned for Reopening Debacle

From unproductive meetings with student activists to having its bluff called by privileged, rule-breaking students, UNC has turned a difficult situation into a completely foreseeable debacle over the past two weeks.


UNC Reverses Course, Goes all Online

Barely a week after the reopening of campus and following reports that 130 students already had tested positive for COVID-19, UNC announced Monday that it was moving all classes online starting Wednesday.


Safety Nets Gone, Residents Face Financial Pressure

In March, state and federal authorities issued moratoriums on evictions and utilities cut-offs in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting economic downturn. But in late July, nearly all those moratoriums ran out. Now, many Orange County residents are facing extreme financial pressures without those protections.


Health Department Can’t Shut Down UNC

Despite requests from local residents to close UNC, concerned that students arriving at the university will cause outbreaks of COVID-19, the Orange County health director says she essentially can’t shut down the campus.


County Warns Against Full UNC Reopening

As UNC students are returning to campus this week, the Orange County Health Director is warning that the area “could quickly become a hot spot for new cases” of COVID-19.


COVID-19 Cases Pass a Milestone

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Orange County has surpassed 1,000. A month ago, the number of cumulative cases in the county was below 300. At the beginning of July, the count was 750.


College Students Question Campus Return During Pandemic

Many North Carolina colleges and universities have begun moving forward with plans to reopen on an adjusted schedule this fall. But as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in the state — especially among young people — many college students are feeling uneasy about the prospects of returning to campus in a few weeks.


County Imposes New Restrictions

With COVID-19 cases rising sharply locally, the Orange County Commissioners will start requiring restaurants to be closed for the onsite consumption of food and beverages from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. They also will not be allowed to serve alcohol after 10 p.m.


At the Library, the Books Come to You

After months of planning, the Chapel Hill Public Library launched its new curbside pickup program June 15. Now, three weeks into the program, the library is providing thousands of book lovers with the works they desire.


El Centro Launches COVID Campaign

El Centro Hispano, along with statewide Hispanic media, is launching a NC Unida Contra El Virus campaign, designed to send unified messages to the at-risk Latino community to raise awareness about COVID-19 and reduce contagion.


In a Time of Need, Students Drive Up

During the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic lockdown, several students from the Chinese School of Chapel Hill saw local businesses and local residents struggling. They wanted to do something about that.


Requests for Housing Help Skyrocket

Requests for emergency housing financial assistance have skyrocketed throughout Orange County, including a six-fold increase in Chapel Hill, since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent economic lockdown.



Masks? The towns have you covered.

Need a mask, now that Orange County generally requires you to have one on in almost all situations? The towns of Carrboro and Chapel Hill have got you covered.


A Baseball Dream Deferred for Carrboro High

For now, the closest that Kevin Ladd will come to seeing baseball at Durham Athletic Park will be whenever “Bull Durham” pops up on basic cable. Ladd, the baseball coach at Carrboro High, had more in mind for this summer…


Open and Shut Cases

It’s one thing to successfully guide a business through a recession. It’s another to start one from scratch during the worst economic downturn in decades. But three local entrepreneurs have done just that.



Carrboro Lends a Hand

Armadillo Grill, The Artscenter and the Community Worx thrift shop are among 10 Carrboro-based small businesses and non-profits receiving grants from a second round of funding from the town designed to help ease the economic impact of COVID-19.



Stepping Up to the Test

The coronavirus pandemic has meant tragedy for many and hardship for almost all. Yet it also has given some the opportunity to make a real difference. That group includes Orange County resident Maria Joyce, a doctor with the Durham VA Healthcare System. Here’s her story. 


IFC Moves Residents to Hotel Rooms

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service, which provides housing for those experiencing homelessness in Orange County, has moved a large chunk of its residents to local hotel rooms.


Town Launches Campaign Encouraging Use of Masks

The town of Chapel Hill is urging everyone over 12 years of age to wear masks or face coverings when indoors in a public place and outdoors when at least six feet of physical distancing is difficult to maintain.


Are we really ‘allinthistogether’?

#allinthistogether. Kinda. The hashtag trending on Twitter and Instagram evokes solidarity among the healthy and the sick, the employed and the paycheck-less, in the chaos wrought by COVID-19.


UNC to Open, Close Early

UNC Chapel Hill will re-open its campus for the fall semester but will start and finish it early “in an effort to stay ahead of that second wave” of the coronavirus, university Chancellor Kevin Guskiewicz announced Thursday.


Hanging Tough in Hard Times

COVID-19 has touched us all, in ways big and small. I think first about those who are sick, and those who live in fear of becoming infected. I worry about those who are laid off, furloughed or working fewer hours, and struggling to provide for themselves and their families.