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.”
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.