As Monday morning rolls in, we’re providing TechWire readers with a quick recap of the past week’s news headlines.

The coronavirus pandemic continued to dominate news coverage last week. Local business leaders and experts weighed in on COVID-19 impact and response in North Carolina, including Spiffy CEO Scot Wingo, NCSU economist Mike Walden, experts from UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business SchoolJohn Samuel of LCI Tech, Tom Snyder of RIoT, Jay Bigelow of CED and Jodi Coverly of Hutchison PLLC. A huge wave of tech and life science events were canceled or rescheduled across NC and local companies changed their work policies to promote social distancing measures. The Small Business Administration also approved disaster relief loans for small businesses.

Other top stories from last week (March 16-20) included: Wake County and RTI International are surveying businesses to gauge talent needs; Amazon is hiring 100,000 workers nationwide, including some in the Triangle; American Underground brought on new executive leadership; two local startups announced new funding rounds: Raleigh-based Gryppers ($215,000) and Durham-based Tavros Therapeutics ($1 million).

And, in national news: Coronavirus containment measures are driving the U.S. into a recession; companies like Apple, Google Fiber and wireless service providers are closing their retail offices; in our new ‘social distancing’ reality, ecommerce and streaming are taking center stage; the coronavirus pandemic leads to high demand for telehealth services; new data shows that young people are more at risk for COVID than we thought; governments across the world are looking to hand out emergency cash directly to citizens.

Keeping with our Monday tradition, here’s a look back at 72 local, state and national headlines as reported by WRAL TechWire last week:

MONDAY | March 16 Headlines:

TUESDAY | March 17 Headlines:

WEDNESDAY | March 18 Headlines:

THURSDAY | March 19 Headlines:

FRIDAY | March 20 Headlines:

Weekend Headlines: