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Coronavirus in North Carolina: More than 9,000 have recovered from COVID-19 in the state

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.

FACTS NOT FEAR: Coronavirus full coverage

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020

9:25 p.m. - Hospice of Rockingham County is in need of N95 respirators, surgical masks, gloves, and protective gowns. 

Due to COVID-19, there are serious shortages of these products. They're asking anyone who may have some to spare (and would be willing to do so) to please reach out to them. Hospice of Rockingham County is located at 2150 NC Hwy 65, Reidsville, NC 27320. Call Flavel Collins at (336) 427-9026, x 124 with questions or suggestions. 

8:00 p.m. - Lidl recently announced a new initiative to encourage safe shopping by offering free groceries at Triad stores.

The company just launched its safe shopping contest which rewards people who practice “safe shopping behavior”.

Customers will have the chance to win a $100 Lidl gift card every week through safe shopping until June 16.

RELATED: Global-chain Lidl offers customers free groceries through safe shopping contest at Triad stores

7:35 p.m. - NC DMV extends driver license and vehicle registration deadlines.

If your license or your vehicle registration expires anytime between March 1, 2020, to August 1, 2020, you have a 5-month extension to get it renewed. But once you go over that 5-month period, all fees and fines can be billed to you.

RELATED: NC DMV extends driver license and vehicle registration deadlines

6:30 p.m. - Greensboro Virus Relief grants nearly $2 million to nonprofits.

The Greensboro Virus Relief Taskforce granted $249,290 to 13 local nonprofits providing services to people impacted by the Coronavirus, according to the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

RELATED: Greensboro Virus Relief grants nearly $2 million to nonprofits to help with coronavirus impact

6:00 p.m. - Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe pushes back the 2020 opening date.

They're also offering to extend 2020 season pass holder's memberships through the end of the 2021 season. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions click here to visit their website. 

RELATED: Wet'n Wild Emerald Pointe pushes back 2020 opening date

5:30 p.m. - Guilford County food pantries told WFMY News 2 that the coronavirus pandemic has created a dire situation. 

Donations have dropped off significantly, while the need has nearly tripled.

RELATED: 'It's off the charts' | State of hunger in Guilford County is 'extreme'

5:00 p.m. - Cone Health answers questions about the coronavirus.

4:38 p.m. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted North Carolina’s request to extend its non-congregate sheltering program for COVID-19 through June 6.   

The program provides housing alternatives, such as hotels, motels, and dormitories, for North Carolinians with unstable housing who may need to quarantine in response to or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19. 

4:15 p.m. - White House coronavirus task force gives briefing.

President Donald Trump delivered remarks on coronavirus testing.

  • The White House coronavirus task force said America is leading the world in testing.
  • The force said the United States is testing more people than any other country in the world.
  • The force said the U.S. is focusing resources where they are needed most and said testing is now up to four times more per capita than in other major countries in hotspot areas.
  • The Trump Administration has marshaled every resource at its disposal to fight the coronavirus.
  • President Trump said the number of tests completed per day has doubled over the past three weeks.
  • Trump said numbers are declining very rapidly.

RELATED: Watch live: President Trump to deliver remarks on COVID-19 testing

2:30 p.m. - North Carolina coronavirus task force provides updates.

  • Secretary Many Cohen said North Carolinians have done a “great job” of keeping the number of coronavirus cases low in North Carolina.
  • Cohen and the task force emphasized the 3 W’s: Wear, Wait and Wash.
  • Wear – Wear face masks and face coverings as much as possible when going out in public and when you’re around others
  • Wait – Social distance and stay 6 feet apart from others
  • Wash – Wash your hands frequently and as much as possible
  • Cohen said North Carolinians need to continue to practice the 3 W’s “together”.
  • "We’re in this together, we know there is going to be more travel around in order to prevent the spread of the virus," Cohen said.
  • We need to take care of ourselves, she said.
  • Cohen recommends staying in contact with your doctor or local health provider.
  • Cohen said as of May 11 the task force estimates 9,115 North Carolinians have recovered from COVID-19.
  • The task force estimates it takes approximately 14 days for someone who is not hospitalized to recover from the coronavirus, and 28 days for those who are hospitalized to recover.
  • This is only an estimate, Cohen said.
  • Cohen said staying home is the best way to slow the spread of COVID-19.

10:40 a.m. - The NCDHHS reports 15,045 positive cases of coronavirus, an increase of 281 cases since Sunday. Three more people statewide have died, bringing the total to 550. 

10:30 a.m. - Greensboro pools won't open as planned this summer. City pools won't open on Memorial Day as they typically do, the city said. 

"We are following the guidelines from the governor on this. Once it is cleared, we’d still have to hire staff and get the pools ready and inspected. There is no timeframe right now for those decisions," said Communications Manager Jake Keys.

10 a.m. - The City of High Point Parks & Recreation Department will not open High Point City Lake Pool this summer, the city said in a press release. The city made the decision "because of the uncertainty of public pool opening dates and restrictions." 

"The department will use this time to begin phase one of the High Point City Lake Park Master Plan, which was approved by citizens in a bond referendum last November. The project is expected to be completed by Summer 2022.

Phase one includes an exciting renovation of the pool area – adding a lazy river, play features and new slides, replacing outdated mechanical systems, as well as remodeling locker rooms and the concession area. Accessibility will be improved by adding more handicapped parking, widening sidewalks and improving the entryway into the pool.

Phase one also includes converting the gymnasium into a meeting center and offices, realigning the Great Lawn and stage area and adding a bridge across the lake to connect High Point City Lake Park to the Piedmont Environmental Center, High Point Greenway and the Bicentennial Greenway.

The openings of Washington Terrace Pool and the Southside Splash Pad, originally scheduled for Saturday, May 23, 2020, have been delayed. As state and local officials announce decisions regarding the operation and management of pools, the City will evaluate that information and plan accordingly," the city of High Point said.

Key things to know Monday: 

  • North Carolina's positive coronavirus cases on Sunday increased by 404 bringing the total to 14,764, according to the NCDHHS.
  • Surry County starts mass COVID-19 testing. The initiative is in partnership with Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital of Elkin and Northern Regional Hospital of Mount Airy.

RELATED: Mass coronavirus testing begins in Surry County Monday

  • What are the key factors that help determine if North Carolina will continue to Phase 2 of its reopening plan?

RELATED: Reopening NC: What are the factors that determine if NC continues to phase 2?


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.


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


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