NC Watchdog Reporting Network Coverage
The pandemic will drive up election costs, and so far, NC isn't ready
As the state elections board continues discussions with lawmakers, county elections officials are the ones left looking over budgets to see if they can afford to pay for changes in this year's election in reaction to the pandemic.
Inspection reports show history of deficiencies at nursing homes hit hardest by COVID-19
Inspection reports from state and county health regulators reveal dozens of serious lapses in safety and care at some of the nursing facilities now hit hardest by the coronavirus in North Carolina.
NC care facilities, counties inconsistent in reporting outbreaks
A survey of counties by journalists from six newsrooms across the state found that reporting of COVID-19 cases at facilities varies and the way in which that information is then transmitted to the state is inconsistent.
NC health officials identify locations of outbreaks, reversing stance on patient privacy
Under pressure from advocacy groups and media organizations, North Carolina health officials have released details for the first time Monday on the locations of dozens of nursing homes and other group living facilities with COVID-19 outbreaks across the state.
Coronavirus is tearing through NC nursing homes, but the state won't say which ones
Few places have shown themselves more vulnerable to COVID-19 than nursing homes, the source of more than a third of reported deaths from the virus in North Carolina so far. But unlike in some other states, the department tasked with responding to the novel coronavirus and keeping the public informed isn't naming the facilities experiencing outbreaks.
Official coronavirus death counts may give incomplete picture of virus' toll
DHHS has acknowledged one way to track COVID-19 deaths: death certificates. But a review of thousands filed in counties across North Carolina by a collaborative of reporters from six newsrooms found a range of factors that make the second method easier said than done.
NC lags other states in releasing coronavirus-related information
As North Carolina health officials battle the outbreak of the coronavirus across the state, the state has tightly controlled access to information related to the pandemic, providing some data but refusing to share others.
NC hospitals worry about staffing as providers prepare for surge of COVID-19 patients
As hospitals across North Carolina prepare for a possible surge of patients infected with the Coronavirus, it is not clear whether enough medical staff are available to provide adequate care or whether the state has enough equipment, including hospital beds and ventilators.
Supply shortage prompts N.C. health officials to limit coronavirus testing
North Carolina state health officials signaled a change to how they will track the coronavirus this week, as wait times for test results grew along with the number of positive cases across the state.
As coronavirus ramps up in North Carolina, many questions still left unanswered
As testing for the novel coronavirus increases across North Carolina, it remains unclear how many tests are available, where testing is being conducted and how accessible tests are in each county.