COVID Cases in NC Jump, First COVID Death WNC, One Buncombe Fund Ready


Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order For State

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina is under a stay-at-home order starting this afternoon at five. Governor Roy Cooper has ordered a 30-day measure to keep people on their property unless leaving for food, medical reasons, or for an essential job. President Trump is extending social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines through the end of April for the entire country. His original 15-day period was set to expire today.

First Coronavirus Death Reported In Buncombe

(Buncombe County, NC) -- The first coronavirus death is being reported in Buncombe County. Health officials say an elderly patient died on Saturday at Mission Hospital The number of cases rose statewide to over 11-hundred-60 last night. There have been seven deaths in North Carolina.

Mother Charged After Baby Left In Bag

(Polk County, NC) -- A western North Carolina mother is facing charges for allegedly placing her baby in a sealed bag. Investigators say a six-month-old boy was found in the bag in the parking lot of Trinity Lutheran Church in Tryon on Friday. The child is now under medical care. Polk County deputies arrested Heather Lynn Walsh for misdemeanor child abuse and neglect.

Around Ten-Thousand Lose Jobs In Buncombe County

(Buncombe County, NC) -- Job losses are already reportedly in the thousands for Buncombe County. Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce's president estimated last week that around ten-thousand people locally lost their jobs between March 15th and 21st. More than 30-percent of those were in the restaurant industry. Around 200-thousand statewide are newly unemployed since March 16th.

One Asheville Earth Fare To Re-Open

(Asheville, NC) -- An investment group is helping re-open some shuttered Earth Fare stores. WLOS-TV says one location in Asheville at the Westgate Regional Shopping Center could be back in business by June. An investment group is planning to buy back close to ten stores in several states. Whole Foods purchased the second Earlth Fare location in south Asheville.

Checkpoints In Place In Graham County

(Graham County, NC) -- Checkpoints are in place on some Graham County Roads to help stem the spread of coronavirus. The county identified certain areas that will be restricted, under its state of emergency declaration made on March 21st. Restrictions will affect parts of North Carolina 28, U.S. 129 and Cherohala Skyway.

First Death From Coronavirus In Mecklenburg County Reported

(Mecklenburg County, NC) -- The first coronavirus-related death in Mecklenburg County is confirmed. Public health officials say a 60-year-old patient died on Sunday morning. The number of cases in Mecklenburg is now over 330, with more than eleven-hundred-60 in North Carolina. There have been seven deaths in the state.

Governor Issues Stay-At-Home Order For State

(Raleigh, NC) -- North Carolina is under a stay-at-home order starting this afternoon at five. Governor Roy Cooper has ordered a 30-day measure to keep people on their property unless leaving for food, medical reasons, or for an essential job. President Trump is extending social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines through the end of April for the entire country. His original 15-day period was set to expire today.

Suspect Arrested In Deadly Stabbing

(Charlotte, NC) -- A suspect is charged in a south Charlotte homicide. One man died after he was stabbed on Mount Carmel Lane Saturday night. CMPD officers arrested a 37-year-old man on a charge of murder. The suspect and victim reportedly knew each other.

One Dead In Lancaster County Shooting

(Lancaster County, SC) -- A shooting death is being investigated in Lancaster County. Deputies found the body of a man near Kirk Air Base on Sunday morning. His car was later discovered in a ditch near Andrew Jackson Schools outside Kershaw. The sheriff said investigators have already gained a good bit of information.

Fire Burns Almost 20 Acres At Lake Norman

(Iredell County, NC) -- Investigators are looking for the cause of a fire that burned nearly 20 acres at Lake Norman State Park. The flames started Saturday night on a peninsula at the end of Short Leaf Trail. Firefighters were brought in by water due to the remote area of the fire. Iredell County's assistant forest ranger said he believes it started from a campfire that got out of control.

Charlotte Woman Raising Money For First Responders

(Charlotte, NC) -- A Charlotte woman is trying to provide food for first responders during the governor's stay-at-home order. NBC Charlotte says Carolina Elliott set up a GoFundMe to raise enough money for 100 meals a day. She purchased pizzas from a locally-owned restaurant over the weekend and delivered them to Atrium Health's CMC.

Sick Contractor Goes To Work, Infects At Least 16-Others

(Wake County, NC) -- A Wake County contractor, who reported to work sick last week, has tested positive for the coronavirus and possibly exposed 16-other people to the disease. Officials say the contractor worked at the Human Services building on Sunnybrook Road. A spokesperson says all of those who came in contact with the man have since developed symptoms. Those who have not shown symptoms have been asked to stay at home and self monitor for up to 14-days.

State Unemployment Benefit Checks Go Out This Week

(Raleigh, NC) -- The first round of unemployment benefit payments to jobless workers in North Carolina are set to go out this week. That's according to the North Carolina Department of Employment Security, which estimates more than 270-thousand claims have been filed within the last two weeks. The Department also reports that since Congress has passed the CARES Act, an additional 600-dollars a week will start being included in those payments. Those additional payments, which are expected to begin in about two weeks, could be retroactive.

Suspect Facing Drunk Driving Charges After Running Into Police Cruiser

(Raleigh, NC) -- Police in Raleigh have charged a man with DUI after he drove his car into a police cruiser and then slammed into a tree. It happened Saturday night around 8 p.m. in the eastbound lane of Westgate Road and Leesville Road. Authorities say 49-year-old James John Deren first hit the police cruiser then tried to speed away. Shortly afterwards, he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a tree in front of a house. Neither the officer nor the driver suffered serious injuries.

Gov. Cooper: First Round Of Unemployment Benefits To Be Paid This Week

(Undated) - Governor Roy Cooper says the first round of unemployment benefits is on its way. Cooper announced yesterday first payments related to coronavirus are going out this week. An overwhelming amount of jobless claims have been made since Governor Cooper signed an executive order on March 17th, limiting operations of restaurants and bars, and expanding unemployment benefits. Roughly 270-thousand claims have been filed in the past two weeks compared to 75-hundred the first two weeks of March.

Human Remains Found In Winston-Salem

(Winston-Salem, NC) - An investigation is underway in Winston-Salem after human remains were found. The gruesome discovery was made Saturday evening in the 100-block of Hammock Farm Road. Winston-Salem P-D's Criminal Investigations Division is handling the case. The state's medical examiner will help determine the person's identity.

Triad Restaurants Offer Deliver, Carry-Out

(Winston-Salem, NC) - There are hundreds of restaurants in the Triad that are offering take-out and delivery services to customers. They include Big Burger Spot in Greensboro, Pizza Vino in High Point and Dewey's Bakery in Winston-Salem. An executive order halting dine-in services in North Carolina is in effect for at least another two-weeks. It was put into place by Governor Cooper on March 17th to help stop the spread of COVID-19.


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