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Top 6800 cases
North Carolina reported at least 6,840 cases of coronavirus on Monday morning, and 199 people died, according to state and county health departments.
At least 373 North Carolinians were hospitalized on Monday with COVID-19, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. This is down from 465 on Sunday.
The total number of cases reported by the state increased by 271, one day after the number of new cases reached 353. The number of cases in North Carolina doubled every 12 days, which is a measure that Officials are watching when they plan to lift restrictions from coronaviruses, reported The News & Observer.
Two deaths were reported Monday morning, against 12 Sunday.
Only seven state counties have not reported any cases of the virus.
The county of Mecklenburg has the most, with 1,210 cases and 29 deaths reported.
In the Triangle, Wake County has 599 reported cases and four deaths and Durham County has 409 cases and five deaths.
DMV customer service
Callers will not be able to reach the N.C. Motor Vehicle Division customer service line for an unknown length of time. A Bladen County call center is closed while an employee waits for the coronavirus test results.
The Nova Scotia Department of Transportation website has links to submit questions online, The News & Observer reported on Monday.
Facebook released a mapping tool showing county-by-county coronavius data on Monday. In North Carolina, the highest proportion of people reporting symptoms of the virus was in Dare County, which includes parts of the Outer Banks, according to data until April 12.
Caldwell, Cleveland and Henderson counties – all in western North Carolina – also had high percentages compared to the rest of the state.
Change of prison staff
State prison officials said on Monday that they were moving additional staff to a facility where more than 350 detainees tested positive for COVID-19.
Following the transfer of inmates from Johnston Correctional Institution, employees of that institution begin work at the hard-hit Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
The news came after the North Carolina Supreme Court refused to hear a case from public interest groups that sued for the release of some detainees during the coronavirus pandemic.
NAACP, Disability Rights North Carolina, the ACLU state section and several detainees filed complaints on April 8, The News & Observer reported. A few days after the complaint was filed, state prison officials said that around 500 detainees who met certain criteria could be granted early release.
The state’s highest court has left the door open for trial before the state’s Superior Court.
Coronavius, North Carolina-related death toll reached its peak last week, according to experts at the University of Washington. The number of deaths reported in the state has decreased daily since April 16.
A University of Pennsylvania model shows that hard-hit Mecklenburg County, where Charlotte resides, will reach its maximum number of cases on June 8.
Some beaches in North Carolina that have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic have reopened.
Surf City has lifted restrictions on access points to public city beaches. Atlantic Beach and Emerald Isle have reopened their beaches for owners and residents.
In the southeast, Georgia has reopened its public beaches and South Carolina plans to start doing so this week.
Group seeks to protest protection
ReOpenNC, a popular group opposed to the state home stay order and state business closures, is seeking legal protection after a protester was arrested in Raleigh last week.
Lawyers representing the group sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper and the chairman of the Wake County Council of Commissioners on Friday asking them to clarify in writing that protests are considered essential activities and are not restricted on mass gatherings.
The group says it will take legal action if it has not received a response by 2 p.m. Monday.
Five Republican state senators want the governor to authorize the partial reopening of Charlotte Motor Speedway, without fans, for the Coca-Cola 600 on May 24.
The governor issued a stay order on March 27 that shut down all non-essential businesses in the state.
But senators, all from the Charlotte area, said in a press release on Sunday that Florida has adopted similar policies and that fanless NASCAR racing appears to be a “safe step” in the partial reopening of the company.
NASCAR season has been suspended, The Charlotte Observer reports, but the Associated Press reported on Friday that NASCAR “gave teams a revised schedule in which races would return with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “
Case in another federal prison
One inmate and at least three staff from Rivers Correctional Institution in Hertford County have tested positive for coronavirus, reports The News & Observer.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons tracks cases and deaths of coronaviruses, but not in a dozen private facilities across the country, including Rivers.
Butner in Granville County has one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in federal prisons, with 65 inmates and 27 staff reportedly positive. Five detainees died.