Sunday sampler

Several of N.C.’s newspaper front pages are devoid of coronavirus stories. It seems as if some newspaper editors, like some citizens, are ready for life to move on, too. Related, the News & Observer reports on its front page that “the state’s number of positive tests took its biggest single-day jump since the state’s first case was reported March 3.”

Just putting that news judgment into perspective. There remain some pandemic stories worth telling.

Raleigh: The N&O examines the rate of the disease in minority and poor populations. “The prevalence of COVID-19 among minorities and the poor is a public health threat not just for those communities, advocates and epidemiologists say, because the illness will spread beyond them.”

Charlotte: I was at the grocery store yesterday, wearing a mask. Among the approximately 100 people there, maybe 5 of us wore masks. And social distancing? Haha. So, I was interested in the Observer story about people getting out. “Over a half mile, a reporter with his wife and dog had to leave the nine-foot-wide trail about 10 times to maintain six-foot gaps with passersby. People were pleasant, sharing “hellos” and “good mornings” even as they didn’t share the space.”

Related: Both Charlotte and Raleigh have published stories about the reopening and whether people were wearing masks and social distancing. Short answer: A lot of people seem to think they are impervious to the virus.
Greensboro: For artists, the pandemic has spurred creativity. Thank god. The News & Record tracks some of them in six different stories, all good. “Each shows how the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting quarantine have spurred artists to create new art. ‘We all have the urge to create,’ Rice said. ‘This time in quarantine has given us more power to do so.'”
One of the News & Record’s stories is about Andy Eversole, who wrote a song about being separated from his girlfriend during the pandemic. And that allows me to link to Elizabeth Holmes’ story of a few months ago about Eversole that reunited him with his girlfriend via Zoom.

Finally, in a strange judgment call, the Fayetteville Observer has a story stripped across the top of its front page with the headline: “Restaurants can resume with new rules.” I was surprised because I knew that North Carolina restaurants are still closed for dining. Then I saw the story was out of New Orleans and has nothing to do with North Carolina.