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Coronavirus in North Carolina: Key factors which help North Carolinians enter Phase 2 of reopening plan

For immediate questions, call the North Carolina Coronavirus Hotline at 866-462-3821 or 2-1-1.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — WFMY News 2 is providing daily coronavirus updates with the latest information from emergency leaders, the state's task force, health departments, universities, school districts, and a lot more. 

SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020

8:30 p.m. - WFMY's Ben Smart dives into which key factors help determine if North Carolina will continue to Phase 2 of the reopening plan.

Now that North Carolina has officially entered Phase 1 of its three-phase reopening plan as of Friday, what factors will determine when we will enter into Phase 2?

There are four key factors in monitoring the spread of the virus, but health officials will also monitor the state's capacity for testing, tracing and personal protective equipment, according to several press releases, websites, and presentations released by the state.

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4:30 p.m. - Bowman Gray Racing announced the season-opening Hayes Jewelers 200 has been postponed until an indefinite future date.

Bowman Gray said public sporting events, such as the racing at Bowman Gray Stadium, have been restricted by government leaders as well as sanctioning organizations, such as NASCAR. For the safety of all, we greatly appreciate, respect, and are committed to following these life-saving policies.

11 a.m. -  North Carolina's positive coronavirus cases increased by 404 bringing the total to 14,764, according to the NCDHHSThree more people have died, bring the death toll to 547 statewide. While cases increase as more people are tested, the number of people hospitalized in the state decreased from 513 of Saturday to 442 on Sunday. 

Key things to know Sunday:

  • State parks in North Carolina have reopened under certain restrictions.
  • Many businesses reopened under Phase 1 of the reopening plan.
  • Surry County Health and Nutrition Center, in partnership with Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital of Elkin and Northern Regional Hospital of Mount Airy,  is set to offer mass testing for COVID-19 on Monday.

RELATED: Mass coronavirus testing begins in Surry County Monday

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FACTS NOT FEAR

Remember facts, not fear when talking about the coronavirus. You should take the same measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of the flu and other viruses. That means washing your hands, avoiding touching your face, and covering coughs and sneezes.

WHERE YOU GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS IS IMPORTANT 

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about the coronavirus is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS. Be careful not to spread misinformation about coronavirus on social media. 

For more information visit the CDC OR NCDHHS

NC CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE 

The state also has a special hotline set up where you can call 866-462-3821 for more information on the coronavirus. You can also submit questions online at ncpoisoncontrol.org or select chat to talk with someone about the virus.

You can also text keyword VIRUS to WFMY News 2 at 336-379-5775 to find out more information. 

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