COVID-19

COVID-19 and Environmental Justice

Low-income communities of color are disproportionately impacted by environmental issues in NC, and face higher rates of disease because of it. When COVID-19 hit, Sherri White-Williamson, the Environmental Justice Policy Director at NC Conservation Network, says it became clear that these were the communities that were going to be unduly vulnerable to the virus. In…

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Where I Come From: Part 4

Welcome to Where I Come From. We are a group of young women going on a journey about our lives in Columbus County, North Carolina. COVID-19 has brought new realities to our workshop, school and family.  We aren’t going to let it stop our exploration, but we wanted to take a minute to acknowledge what…

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Schools as Hurricane Shelters during Covid-19

Amanda White, high school Chemistry teacher and president of New Hanover Association of Educators, lets us in on educator efforts to ensure a safe start to the school year. She also discusses the worries teachers have with schools being used as shelters from Hurricane Isaias, with sick or symptomatic people not being turned away, when…

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Duck, NC’s Hurricane Preparations

Christian Legner is the Public Informations Officer of Duck, NC. She speaks about what her town prioritizes when hurricane season is in full effect, and how this changes with COVID-19. Hurricane Isaias hit Coastal Carolina a few days ago. Christian speaks about how her town dealt with the damages and evacuations.

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How Covid-19 has Affected Restaurant Workers

As tourist season gets going on the Outer Banks, restaurants scramble to balance consumer demand and their own safety. Dylan Ownes is a seasonal cook at an Outer Banks Restaurant called The Bonzer Shack. Ownes speaks about how things are different this summer – more orders, more hours, and fewer staff. Produced by Jocelyn Ratti….

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COVID-19 and Farming in North Carolina

Jeremy King, a grain farmer from Ash, North Carolina, tells us how COVID-19 has added a level of complexity to farmers’ workflow across the region. King explains the domino affect that labor shortages, increased demand, lower prices, and changing operations have had on farmers, and he says there is concern among farmers about local mills…

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Student Housing During Hurricanes and COVID-19

Peter Groenendyk is the Director of Housing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) and has experienced countless hurricanes. Groenendyk discusses the process of evacuating students during hurricanes and finding housing for students with nowhere to go. He says his experience relocating students during hurricanes prepared him to deal with student housing issues…

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Outer Banks Bridge Closures Continue to Affect Businesses Weeks After Opening

The Outer Banks had a unique opportunity to completely shut off travel during the North Carolina’s statewide shelter-in-place order; only residents were allowed on and off of the islands. While this helped contain the spread of COVID-19, it also affected local businesses. Harvey Hess, general manager of his family-owned restaurant Capt’n Franks, and Christine Davidson,…

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Outer Banks Bridge Closures Continue to Affect Businesses Weeks After Opening

Protesters Weigh Health Risks of COVID and Civic Responsibility

Angela Colon of Wilmington Advocacy and Protest Organization (WAPO) discusses the how protesters have addressed health risks related to COVID-19.

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Whiteville’s Pizza Village Shifts its Business Model During COVID-19

Jennifer Hall and her partner Ron have worked at Pizza Village in Whiteville, North Carolina for 32 years. The two had just taken over the restaurant when restaurants across the state shut down. Hall says they  had to make changes – taking orders outside, ordering more paper products, assigning parking spaces to customers “in line”…

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Whiteville’s Pizza Village Shifts its Business Model During COVID-19