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North Carolina recorded at least 6,031 cases of coronavirus on Saturday morning and 172 people died, according to state and county health departments.
The state health department reported 394 new cases on Friday, the second largest jump since the start of the epidemic.
At least 429 North Carolinians were hospitalized on Friday with COVID-19, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. This is down from Thursday’s 452 record.
The county of Mecklenburg, home to Charlotte, has the most reported cases in the state, with 1,136. The county has reported 24 deaths.
Wake County, which includes Raleigh, has 574 reported cases and three deaths. County Durham has 338 reported cases and four deaths.
State partners with universities to screen for the virus
Governor Roy Cooper said the state is working in partnership with the three North Carolina medical universities – the University of North Carolina, the University of East Carolina and Duke University – to scale up coronavirus testing and monitoring.
The project will allow officials to see how far COVID-19 has spread across the state, he said.
“This research is part of a statewide coordinated effort to find out more about the percentage of people who have no symptoms and to better understand the actual number of COVID-19 infections in our state” said Cooper.
NC jail cases increase
At least 259 detainees tested positive for COVID-19 at the Neuse correctional facility in Goldsboro on the afternoon of Firday, said state prison commissioner Todd Ishee. More than a third of the prisoners are housed there.
There were 19 cases on Tuesday.
“The increase in the number of new cases follows the prison system’s decision on Thursday to carry out COVID-19 tests on each detainee in Neuse,” according to The News & Observer.
Distant counties are the last to see
The last seven counties in North Carolina with no confirmed cases of coronavirus are in the northeast corner of the state – Camden, Hyde and Tyrell – or along the western border – Avery, Graham, Madison, Swain and Yancey .
Almost all are considered rural communities.
Remote areas are generally less densely populated and have fewer gathering places, according to Mark Holmes, director of the Center for Rural Health Research and Analysis in Rural North Carolina at UNC Chapel Hill,
This “can provide some protection in the early days of a pandemic,” reported The N&O.
Rural counties also tend to be older, poorer and have higher rates of uninsured residents, which means that the virus “can spread quickly and grow very quickly” once a case is confirmed, Holmes told N&O.
The UNC system cuts its budget
The UNC system is asking for $ 185 million less in operating expenses, interim president Bill Roper announced on Friday.
It has also removed almost all of the $ 632 million in capital improvement projects previously approved by legislators and is instead seeking “$ 45 million in one-time relief to compensate for new spending and lost revenue due to the pandemic, “reported The News & Observer.
“These revised budget requests will have an impact on our institutions, no doubt,” said Roper. “But we understand that North Carolina’s short-term income will be meager, and we are adjusting accordingly. “
Most companies in North Carolina that have asked to be considered “essential” under the state’s home stay order have obtained their wishes, The Charlotte Observer reported Friday. About 85% of the approximately 4,000 companies that have submitted requests to the North Carolina Department of Revenue have received approval.
An additional 13% were allowed to keep their doors open if they followed social distancing measures, reported The Observer.
Governor Roy Cooper’s order came into force on March 30 to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Since then, several non-essential businesses have remained closed.
Wake County Resists Graduation
Wake County Superintendent Cathy Moore said the district had not canceled contracts for places where some of its high schools planned to host graduation ceremonies in May and June – including Raleigh Convention Center and the Reynolds Coliseum of NC State University
“We have been discussing alternatives if these late May and early June dates do not work,” Moore said at a press conference on Friday. “I am really determined to find a way to provide our elders with this milestone.”
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