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April 7, 2020

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Social Distancing

The coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina will likely peak early next week with far fewer deaths than originally feared, according to researchers at the University of Washington.

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Digital Library

With schools and libraries closed, demand for e-books is higher than ever — but a state-run online library for kids has fewer titles to share thanks to the budget stalemate.

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Online Meetings

Can local governments hold electronic meetings during the coronavirus crisis and still comply with open meeting laws? According to North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, yes.

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Coronavirus Cases

As coronavirus case counts and death reports continue to rise across the state on Monday, new studies offered projections for what North Carolina may expect over the coming weeks and months.

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Federal Help

As North Carolina expects a crush of hospitalizations, Gov. Roy Cooper voiced his frustration with the lack of supplies coming from the federal government.

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CMS Funding

Ninety-nine of North Carolina’s 100 counties received a boost to the amount of coronavirus relief funding they received for each public and charter school student, leaving just Mecklenburg County out of the “low-wealth” supplemental funds for education.

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Prison Stop

North Carolina’s prisons will not accept offenders from county jails and will dramatically reduce the transfers of offenders within the prisons for the next 14 days, effective at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 7.

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COVID-19 Treatment

A new antiviral drug will be tested in human clinical trials that could help doctors treat COVID-19 and it can be taken as a pill.

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Wake Budget

Wake County commissioners voted unanimously Monday afternoon to authorize an additional $8.8 million dollars in emergency spending for coronavirus response.

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NC IDEA Donations

For the first time in its history, NC IDEA, a foundation that provides seed grants to startups, will accept private donations to grow its ability to funnel money to promising young companies across the state of North Carolina.

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Unemployment Fixes

Sen. Rick Gunn, R-Alamance, is among 16 state senators who have signed a letter to state Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland asking for leadership during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Virus Scammers

Scammers are already positioning to exploit North Carolina residents as they receive stimulus checks as part of the federal coronavirus response, Attorney General Josh Stein told Carolina Public Press in a phone interview.

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Butner Surge

The number of people at the Federal Correctional Complex in Butner who have tested positive for the coronavirus surged dramatically over the weekend, the director of Granville and Vance counties’ public health department said Monday.

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IBM President

Red Hat, the Raleigh-based open-source software company, has tapped Paul Cormier as its new chief executive officer.

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Amtrak Service

The Carolinian, the train that Amtrak and the N.C. Department of Transportation operate daily between Charlotte and New York City, will be suspended starting Monday because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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College Sports

While college athletic departments scramble to manage the health and well-being of their newly scattered athletes, and at the same time try to sort through finances thrown into disarray.

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Charter Wage

Charter Communications, the telecommunications company that owns Spectrum, is raising its minimum wage to $20 per hour over the next two years for all of its employees, the company said Monday.

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Insurance Refunds

Allstate and a regional insurer will refund hundreds of millions of dollars in car insurance premiums as the coronavirus pandemic has led home-bound Americans to drive less.

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Order Violation

A warrant has been issued for a North Carolina man in connection with a block party held in violation of Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home order, a police department said Monday.

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Transylvania Inmates

Transylvania County Sheriff David Mahoney said he would not be releasing “low-risk” inmates from the county detention center like sheriffs from Buncombe and Haywood counties have done to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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Correction

A story in Monday’s Insider misspelled the name of Dr. John Bernot, who told state Treasurer Dale Folwell to go to the hospital for his COVID-19 symptoms.