For a second day in a row, North Carolina reports having more than 10,000 new positive cases of COVID-19. The number of new cases on Friday fell slightly to 10,028 – the second-highest on record, behind the number from yesterday. The percentage of positive cases increased slightly from 13.5% to 13.9%.
The number of people killed by the virus is increasing by 115, meaning that at least 7,213 people in North Carolina have now died from COVID-19 in less than a year.
The number of people hospitalized with the virus has remained stable at just under 4,000.
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The COVID-19 vaccine is being distributed to more people in North Carolina.
Duke Health now allows people aged 75 and over to be vaccinated. You don’t have to be a Duke Health patient. If you would like to make an appointment, call 919-385-0429 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, in Cumberland County, the county health department is hosting a public vaccination clinic on Friday morning.
Approximately 300 vaccines will be administered on a first come, first served basis to people aged 75 and over. The clinic should open at 9 a.m.
Wake County remains in the first phase of immunization – trying to immunize frontline health workers.
A clinical liaison for the Wake County Department of Health said it was because the county had far more people falling into phase 1A than other parts of North Carolina.
Likewise, County Durham has not yet entered Phase 1B. County officials hope to make it next week.
Johns Hopkins University reports that 3,865 people died from COVID-19 in the United States on Wednesday. It is the highest single-day death toll to date, breaking the record set just a day earlier.
The country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr Anthony Fauci, said the continued rise in deaths, hospitalizations and cases will likely continue through January.
“As we move into the next two weeks in January, it will likely reflect the vacation travel and gathering settings that typically take place socially during this time,” Fauci said.
He went on to say that he hopes the increased public health measures in place during the holidays will prove to be effective, but it is not yet clear whether people are strictly following these guidelines.
Sadly, he admitted, “things will get worse as we move into January”.
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The Durham Public School Board of Education voted unanimously on Thursday to maintain Plan C for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.
UNC-Chapel Hill Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz has sent the message below to the campus announcing changes for the spring semester 2021.
“With record COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in North Carolina and across the country, we are making adjustments to our spring semester to provide as much flexibility as possible for a safe return to campus. We are making these changes to the health of our campus. and the community in mind, ”Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz said.
The UNC-Chapel Hill Spring 2021 semester start date remains January 19.
All undergraduate classes will now be distance learning for the first three weeks of the semester. Only a limited number of undergraduate courses were scheduled in person.
The limited number of students who will live on campus will also have more flexibility as to when they can return to campus: campus residents will have the option to move into their individual accommodation from January 13 or to postpone their stay. move until February 7. .
For the first time ever, North Carolina is reporting more than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 in a 24-hour period.
The state added 10,398 new cases of the virus on Thursday. However, the daily positive percentage rate fell from over 16% to 13.5%. This of course means that the state has received a significant increase in the tests performed.
The previous one-day high for cases was 9,527, which happened on New Years Day.
Thursday’s measurements also showed a sharp increase in deaths from COVID-19. Another 137 people died from the virus, bringing the total death toll in North Carolina to 7,213.
Hospitalizations have also increased (setting another record), from 3,893 in yesterday’s report to 3,960 in today’s report.
“North Carolina set a new record in one day with nearly 10,400 new cases,” Governor Cooper said in a tweet Thursday. “These numbers paint a grim picture – COVID-19 is spreading rapidly in our state. We are at a critical juncture in our fight against this virus and all must take responsibility for our own actions. ”
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A drive-through vaccination clinic in Concord had to close early after long queues and traffic safeguards led health officials to run out of vaccine supplies. The drive-up clinic at Cabarrus Arena & Events Center attracted so many cars that Highway 49 had to be temporarily closed, according to the WSOC.
The clinic was supposed to last until 4 p.m., but closed at noon. A COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Goldsboro also ran out of doses available for the day after it opened early due to high demand.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has extended the statewide curfew, but has not added any new restrictions on businesses or individuals.
Several counties in the state have started immunizing adults 75 years of age or older. Public health officials warn that demand exceeds supply and will continue to be so in the weeks to come. Hospital staff who have been in frequent contact with COVID-19 were prioritized first. The state hopes education will help boost vaccine uptake among workers in long-term care facilities, such as nursing homes.
North Carolina’s new chief justice said he had asked Gov. Roy Cooper to consider getting COVID-19 vaccines to local law enforcement more quickly in order to meet the requirement to keep the courts open. Chief Justice Paul Newby made the remark during Wednesday’s online installation ceremony for himself and two new judges. Court activities in all 100 counties have been drastically curtailed since the start of the pandemic.
Health officials said more than 137,000 people have been vaccinated in North Carolina. That’s less than 30 percent of the vaccine doses the state has received.
The state also revealed an updated COVID-19 map on Wednesday. The new map shows 96 counties have critical or significant community spread of COVID-19. This represents 92 counties two weeks ago.
The United States set a record for the most deaths in a single day on Wednesday. This is the second day in a row that the country has set a death record.
3,865 people died from COVID-19 on Wednesday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The coronavirus pandemic has forced many people to work from home, but there are signs that office life will continue in North Carolina’s research triangle. Our Newsgathering partners at The News & Observer reported on Wednesday that some tech companies are planning new offices in the area despite the recent trend towards working from home. Pendo and Bandwidth are also moving forward with their new headquarters.
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