The last month has changed life in North Carolina in unprecedented ways. From declining gas prices to fewer incidents reported by local police departments, COVID-19 — the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — has touched nearly every aspect of life.

In an effort to track the ways the virus has changed our state, we’re compiling and analyzing data from local, state and federal agencies, tech companies and more. Here’s what we’ve found so far.

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Unemployment claims

Two weeks ago, Gov. Roy Cooper said he would lift some restrictions on state unemployment benefits to reduce cost to businesses and make qualifying for benefits easier, The