4 in Charlotte watched for coronavirus

CHARLOTTE — North Carolina health officials said that four people who recently returned to Charlotte from China are being monitored for coronavirus symptoms.

The four were being held in self-quarantine, according to the Mecklenburg County Health Department.

County Manager Dena Diorio told WRAL-TV that the four people — who have not been identified publicly — are considered “medium risk” for development of novel coronavirus,

Diorio said the four were sent home for a voluntary, 14-day self-quarantine. They do not currently have any symptoms, she said.

She said the health department will contact each with information and guidance, and will monitor them for 14 days from their last possible exposure to the virus.

The outbreak that began in China has infected more than 34,800 people globally. More than 700 people in China have died.

Police investigate VA hospital shooting

FAYETTEVILLE — One person was in custody after a shooting at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Fayetteville, police said.

WRAL-TV reports that investigators said a man was in the emergency room at the hospital Friday afternoon when a woman came in with a gun and shot him.

The man was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment, but his condition was unknown.

VA police detained the woman, with the assistance of Fayetteville police. The FBI said the two did not know each other.

The FBI said no other patients or staff were nearby when the shooting occurred. No one else was harmed.

Authorities said they don’t believe there is any additional threat to public safety.

Unborn fetus found in pump station

HILLSBOROUGH — Police in North Carolina are searching for the mother of an unborn fetus that was found in a sewer pump station.

The News & Observer reports that Hillsborough police say they want to make sure the mother doesn’t have any medical problems after what might have been a miscarriage or an assault.

“We are very concerned about the mother,” Lt. Davis Trimmer said in news release.

A town utilities worker found the fetus about 10:30 a.m. Friday while cleaning out a pump station on Orange Grove Road, police said. The station had last been cleaned out on Wednesday.

FedEx to shift delivery of some parcels

FedEx will tweak its operations by having its ground-delivery unit take over some deliveries from the company’s separate and more costly express business.

The move announced Friday is designed to make FedEx more efficient in handling residential deliveries, which are booming due to the growth in online shopping.

Shares of the Memphis, Tennessee-based company jumped 4.7% to close at $155.66. It was the stock’s best day since Nov. 4.

The company said the change in delivery practices will begin next month in Greensboro, North Carolina.

FedEx Express currently uses its own vehicles for so-called last-mile delivery of packages that come off its airplanes. Company executives say they believe that giving some of those packages to FedEx Ground will reduce costs and increase the number of packages carried by drivers on their rounds to residential addresses.

Express drivers will continue to make the quickest deliveries such as priority overnight parcels, but the ground unit will deliver slower express shipments including two-day and “Express Saver” packages.

“This move makes residential deliveries more efficient by putting the right package in the right network at the right cost to serve our customers,” Chief Operating Officer Raj Subramaniam said.

The change will let FedEx Express focus on parcels shipped from one business to another and on premium online-shopping deliveries to consumers, Subramaniam said.

E-commerce is the fastest-growing part of FedEx’s business, prompting the company to move this year to residential deliveries seven days a week — an added cost.

The Associated Press

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