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Two more Amazon workers test positive for coronavirus in Charlotte: Real-time COVID-19 updates Thursday, April 16

North Carolina has over 5,400 cases of coronavirus, including more than 1,000 in Mecklenburg County. South Carolina now has 3,600 COVID-19 cases.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — At WCNC Charlotte, we are focusing our coronavirus coverage on facts, not fear.  We aim to give our viewers the information they need from officials to best protect themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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McMaster: it could be late June before activities, business can be safely resumed

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told state leaders it could be late June before all businesses and activities in our state may be safely resumed. 

McMaster made the statement Thursday in a letter to Sen. President Harvey Peeler and South Carolina House Speaker Jay Lucas.

North Carolina coronavirus briefing 

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D., and Director of NC Emergency Management Mike Sprayberry hold a coronavirus briefing from Raleigh. Earlier in the day, the state was reporting over 5,400 cases of COVID-19, including 1,052 in Mecklenburg County.

2 more Amazon workers test positive in Charlotte 

Amazon has confirmed two more of its employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the CLT2 fulfillment center on Old Dowd Road. This is the third case at this location. 

Two positive cases were reported at the sorting center at CLT4 on 8000 Tuckaseegee Road and CLT5 at 1745 Derita Road in Concord. 

Duke Energy Foundation helps low-income customers pay utility bills

Duke Energy announced they are donating $150,000 to low-income customers to help pay their utility bills during the COVID-19 crisis. The funds will be provided to approximately 600 households through the company’s Energy Neighbor Fund and Share the Warmth programs. Funds can assist with heating or cooling costs.

Catawba County identifies 2 new COVID-19 cases

Health officials in Catawba County announced that two more people have tested positive for coronavirus. This brings the county's total to 40. So far, 634 people have tested negatively for COVID-19.

York Technical College donates supplies to Piedmont Medical Center

The college announced they have donated several boxes of supplies to help offset the shortage and backlog of equipment to help keep healthcare workers on the front lines healthy. Items donated include gloves, masks and face shields. 

NC DHHS reports over 5,400 confirmed cases of COVID-19

The Department of Health and Human Services reports there are 5,465 confirmed cases of coronavirus in North Carolina. So far, 131 people have died and 452 are hospitalized. The state reports 1,084 cases in Mecklenburg County with 19 deaths. 

Mooresville pizza shop offering free pizza for first responders

On Thursday, Aliño Pizzeria is offering a complimentary pizza to any healthcare worker, police officer, firefighter or teacher. The offer is valid from noon until 7:30 p.m. All you have to do is present your work badge to get the free pizza. 

High Point Market Authority cancels postponed spring market

Due to ongoing impacts, government restrictions, and economic difficulties stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the High Point Market Authority announces the cancellation of the Spring 2020 High Point Market. The next High Point Market is scheduled for October 17 – 21, 2020.

Trump set to issue guidelines for reopening US economy

President Donald Trump said he plans to have a call with all 50 U.S. governors today, offering guidelines on how they can reopen their states before May 1. Trump says he will let governors decide when to reopen business in their areas, but insisted he has a plan and the final say. 

"We'll be opening up states, some states much sooner than others," Trump said. 

According to a draft of the plan, regions in recovery from COVID-19 can start scaling back social distancing in two weeks, reopening child care and schools, while hot spots will wait until at least June.

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