Sunday sampler

The North Carolina News Collaborative is at it again. The coalition of 22 N.C. newspapers has published a story about finding child care in the midst of Covid-19. Written by Brian Gordon of the Asheville Citizen-Times, it is featured on the front pages of Burlington, Fayetteville, Kinston, Jacksonville and Hendersonville. Greensboro, Raleigh, Winston-Salem and Hickory published the story with local anecdotes.

The key: “By April, more than 40% of child-care centers — deemed essential businesses by the governor — shut down. Despite millions of dollars in public relief to child care centers, more than 1,500 North Carolina programs — one in four — remain closed, according to data from the state Department of Health and Human Services. Others now operate at reduced capacity. The shortage arrives at a moment when many parents return to work as their unemployment benefits run out and desperately search for placements.”

More Covid news: Both Morganton and McDowell feature stories about the number of people who have died in their communities. And they report it directly: “Another Burke County resident has died due to COVID-19, and the county added new positive cases to its virus count.” And: “The McDowell County Health Department said Friday a third person in McDowellas died due to COVID-19.”

And not to be underplayed in this blog post or in newspapers, most of the front pages had at least a mention of the death of John Lewis.