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Coronavirus update? Governor warns school restart could be delayed
Monday, 15 June 2020 16:20

From Staff Reports

RALEIGH — Citing new highs reached in North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers, Gov. Roy Cooper warned the public on May 7 that public school building openings set for August could be delayed unless health precautions are taken seriously by everyone.

The state tallied the highest one-day increase in cases over the May 5-7 weekend, with 1,370, contributing to a total during the pandemic of nearly 36,500 as of May 8 morning.

“North Carolina topped 1,000 virus-related deaths on May 8 and had 740 patients currently hospitalized — also a new record,” Asheville television station WLOS News 13 noted.

“While the number of completed tests has continued to grow robustly to more than 520,000 overall, state Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen said North Carolina now ranks among the states with the highest percentage of positive cases,” WLOS reported.

At a media briefing, Cohen told reporters, “I am concerned,” adding that she received a call from White House coronavirus coordinator Deborah Birx on May 5 to discuss the upward movement in data. The trends, Cohen said, are a “signal we need to take very seriously.”

WLOS also reported that “Cooper and Cohen said people who have been in crowds to get tested, saying they may have been exposed to the virus. Tens of thousands have been on North Carolina streets over the past 10 days demonstrating against police brutality and for racial equality following the death of George Floyd.”

As of June 10, North Carolina health officials said there have been a total of 38,171 lab-confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the state, up from 37,160 cases from the June 9 report. 

In addition, as of June 10, the state reported 1,053 virus-related deaths, 780 individuals who are currently hospitalized and 23,653 presumed recoveries.

Also, as of June 10, Buncombe County had recorded 408 cases and 34 deaths, while neighboring Henderson County tallied 388 cases and 48 deaths.

Meanwhle, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported March 10 that “Jacksonville, Florida, is the front-runner to host the GOP celebration marking President Donald Trump’s acceptance of his party’s nomination for reelection, the Republican National Committee chairwoman said Wednesday.

“Ronna McDaniel said reports of a final decision were ‘definitely premature.’ But she made clear that Jacksonville is the favorite now that Charlotte, North Carolina, the official host of this summer’s Republican National Convention, has balked on promising Trump a full-blown convention free from social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic.’There’s a couple more things we need to do before we can announce that, but Jacksonville is absolutely in the front-running position,’” the AJ-C quoted McDaniel as saying.

On or before June 26, Cooper is expected to announce whether North Carolina can move into Phase 3 of the state COVID-19 recovery plan.



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