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COVID-19 Blog: Third day of record-high hospitalizations in North Carolina

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.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2020

9:30 p.m. -  The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) made a few changes to COVID-19 testing requirements.

The new order allows you to get tested without a doctor's note. State officials say it will help marginalized communities.

RELATED: NCDHHS makes it easier to get a coronavirus test

7:00 p.m. - CIAA suspends NCAA competition this fall because of coronavirus concerns.

That includes Winston-Salem State University.

RELATED: CIAA suspends NCAA competition this fall because of coronavirus concerns

5:00 p.m. - The 2020-2021 school year could be remote, fully in-person with safety precautions or a mixture of both. 

Governor Cooper had said in a previous press briefing that he wants feedback from parents and teachers in order to make an informed decision.

You can submit your own questions for the state.

RELATED: Your chance to weigh in | Rep. Jon Hardister submitting comments on 2020-2021 school year to Governor's office

4:00 p.m. - Big Ten announces conference-only 2020 football season

The Big Ten has announced that all of its fall sports, including football, will only be played within the conference in 2020. 

RELATED: Big Ten announces conference-only 2020 football season

Noon - NCDHHS released the latest COVID-19 numbers for the state. North Carolina reached a third-straight day of record-high hospitalizations and had a slight uptick in newly-confirmed cases. The percentage of positive cases is holding steady between 8-10 percent. However, NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen wants this number to be closer to five percent to ease certain restrictions. Guilford County had a significant number of new cases (67). Out of more than 77,000 confirmed cases statewide, about 72 percent have recovered. 

STATE

  • 77,310 CASES (UP 1,435) (MORE THAN TUESDAY’S UPDATE)
  • 1,441 DEATHS (UP 21)
  • 1,096,682 TESTS
  • 10% OF TESTS POSITIVE AS OF JULY 7, 2020
  • 994 HOSPITALIZED WITH 89% OF HOSPITALS REPORTING DATA (THIRD-STRAIGHT RECORD-HIGH DAY FOR HOSPITALIZATIONS)

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 1,319 CASES, 37 DEATHS (UP 10 CASES, 0 DEATHS)
  • CASWELL – 148 CASES, 2 DEATH
  • CHATHAM – 1001 CASES, 43 DEATHS
  • DAVIDSON – 1134 CASES, 15 DEATHS
  • DAVIE – 235 CASES, 3 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 3,450 CASES, 37 DEATHS (UP 27 CASES, 0 DEATHS)
  • GUILFORD – 3,275 CASES, 118 DEATHS (UP 67 CASES, 0 DEATHS)
  • MONTGOMERY – 362 CASES, 9 DEATHS
  • RANDOLPH – 1,353 CASES, 31 DEATHS (UP 23 CASES, 0 DEATHS)
  • ROCKINGHAM – 274 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • STOKES – 148 CASES, 1 DEATH
  • SURRY – 535 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • WILKES – 600 CASES, 6 DEATHS
  • YADKIN – 358 CASES, 5 DEATHS

7:45 a.m. - Have you wondered what your chances of catching the coronavirus are after going to church, attending a wedding, or vacationing at the beach? The Texas Medical Association made a COVID-19 risk chart. So, what activity have you felt safest doing during the pandemic? Join the live conversation on After GMS.

TUESDAY, JULY 7, 2020

6:15 p.m. - Piedmont Christian Home in High Point confirmed it had three more deaths from coronavirus and one of those was a staff member. 

That brings the nursing home's total number of COVID-19 cases to 65. That number consists of 47 residents, 18 staff, and now, 11 deaths.

RELATED: First nursing home staff member in the Triad dies from coronavirus

5:30 p.m. - COVID-19 cases reported at nursing homes, retirement facilities and rehab centers. 

From NCDHHS:

Guilford County:

Camden Health & Rehab

  • 77 total cases
  • 59 residents
  • 18 staff
  • 11 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 77 total cases, 59 residents, 18 staff, 11 deaths

Clapps Nursing Home

  • 94 total cases
  • 65 residents
  • 29 staff
  • 24 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 94 cases, 65 residents, 29 staff, 24 deaths

Piedmont Christian Home

  • 65 total cases
  • 47 residents
  • 18 staff
  • 11 deaths (1 of whom is a staff member)
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 62 total cases, 47 residents, 15 staff, 8 deaths
  • Takeaway: 3 new deaths (1 was a staff member, the only staffer to die in a Triad outbreak), 3 new cases (all staff)

Maple Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center

  • 108 total cases
  • 83 residents
  • 25 staff
  • 13 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 95 total cases, 78 residents, 17 staff, 13 deaths
  • Takeaway: 13 new cases (5 residents, 8 staff)

Brighton Gardens of Greensboro

  • 22 total cases
  • 16 residents
  • 6 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 22 total cases, 16 residents, 6 staff, 0 deaths

Dismas Charities of Greensboro

  • 7 total cases
  • 6 residents
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 7 total cases, 6 residents, 1 staff, 0 deaths

Verra Springs at Heritage Greens

  • 8 total cases
  • 5 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 8 total cases, 5 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths
  • NUMBERS FROM ORIGINAL OUTBREAK IN MARCH: 13 total cases (4 residents, 9 staff, 0 deaths)

Adams Farm Living and Rehabilitation

  • 4 total cases
  • 4 residents
  • 0 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 4 residents, 0 staff, 0 deaths

Friends Home West

  • 3 total cases
  • 2 staff
  • 1 resident
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 2 staff, 1 resident, 0 deaths

Forsyth County:

 

Oak Forest Health and Rehabilitation

  • 13 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 12 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 13 total cases, 1 resident, 12 staff, 0 deaths

Silas Creek Rehabilitation

  • 22 total cases 
  • 12 resident
  • 10 staff
  • 1 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 22 total cases, 12 residents, 10 staff, 1 death

The Citadel at Winston Salem

  • 54 total cases
  • 40 residents
  • 14 staff
  • 3 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 54 total cases, 40 residents, 14 staff, 3 deaths

Forest Heights Senior Living Community

  • 4 total cases
  • 1 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 1 resident, 3 staff, 0 deaths

The Oaks

  • 29 total cases
  • 22 residents
  • 7 staff
  • 1 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 29 total cases, 22 residents, 7 staff, 1 death

Trinity Elms

  • 6 total cases
  • 5 residents
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 6 total cases, 5 residents, 1 staff, 0 deaths

Trinity Glen

  • 5 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 4 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 5 total cases, 1 resident, 4 staff, 0 deaths

Verra Spring at Heritage Woods

  • 6 total cases
  • 4 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 6 total cases, 4 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

Somerset Court at University Place

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

Summerstone Health and Rehab Center

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents 2 staff, 0 deaths

Alamance County:

 

White Oak Manor (in Burlington)

  • 134 total cases
  • 85 residents
  • 49 staff
  • 31 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 134 total cases, 85 residents, 49 staff, 31 deaths

Peak Resources Alamance

  • 3 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 0 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths

Davidson County:

Brookdale of Lexington

  • 19 total cases
  • 10 residents
  • 9 staff
  • 1 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 19 total cases, 10 residents, 9 staff, 1 death

Randolph County:

Universal Healthcare Ramseur

  • 54 total cases
  • 39 residents
  • 15 staff
  • 7 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 54 total cases, 39 residents, 15 staff, 7 deaths

Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home

  • 4 total cases
  • 1 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 1 resident, 3 staff, 0 deaths

Woodland Hill Center

  • 53 total cases
  • 39 residents
  • 14 staff
  • 6 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 52 total cases, 38 residents, 14 staff, 5 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 new death, 1 new case (a resident)

Alpine Health and Rehab of Asheboro

  • 3 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 new case (a staff member)

Stokes County

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

2 p.m. - NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen press conference. Watch the press briefing live. Dr. Mandy Cohen and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services provides updates on the state's response to the coronavirus. 

Noon - NCDHHS released the latest COVID-19 numbers for the state. North Carolina reached another record high in hospitalizations. Deaths also spiked significantly from Monday's update, although the new daily case number decreased. Forsyth County saw a substantial case increase, as did Guilford. For the past two weeks, 8-10% of total tests statewide have come back positive. NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen has said she wants this number at 5% to know the spread is decreasing.

STATE

  • 75,875 CASES (UP 1,346)
  • 1,420 DEATHS (UP 22)
  • 1,071,290 TOTAL TESTS (UP 12,854) 
  • 989 HOSPITALIZATIONS WITH 89% HOSPITALS REPORTING (ANOTHER NEW RECORD) 
  • 10% POSITIVE CASES OUT OF TOTAL TESTS AS OF JULY 6

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 1,309 CASES, 37 DEATHS (17 new cases, 0 new deaths)
  • CASWELL – 147 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • CHATHAM – 999 CASES, 43 DEATHS
  • DAVIDSON – 1,114 CASES, 15 DEATHS
  • DAVIE – 234 CASES, 3 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 3,423 CASES, 37 DEATHS (70 new cases, 0 new deaths) 
  • GUILFORD – 3,208 CASES, 118 DEATHS (59 new cases, 1 new death)
  • MONTGOMERY – 358 CASES, 9 DEATHS
  • RANDOLPH – 1,330 CASES, 31 DEATHS (14 new cases, 0 new deaths)
  • ROCKINGHAM – 267 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • STOKES – 147 CASES, 1 DEATH
  • SURRY – 525 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • WILKES – 592 CASES, 6 DEATH
  • YADKIN – 357 CASES, 5 DEATHS

7:45 a.m. - The #WhyIWear campaign is trending on social media, encouraging folks to share why they wear a mask. So, why do you wear a mask? Join the live conversation on After GMS. 

MONDAY, JULY 6, 2020

4:30 p.m. - NCDHHS talks about Emergency Travel Orders and what you should do if you're traveling out of state.

"We recommend that North Carolinians who plan to travel out of state check with the public health authorities in their destination city to find out the specific guidance currently in place there."

2 p.m. - COVID-19 Testing at Trinity AME Zion Church

StarMed Healthcare has announced multiple drive-thru testing dates in Greensboro.

Testing will be at Trinity AME Zion Church on East Florida Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Testing dates are Monday, Friday, next Monday, July 20, 24, 27, and 31. 

Anyone who comes must complete a virtual visit. Click here to do so.

1:30 p.m. - COVID-19 test results are expected to take twice as long as before due to increased demand. LabCorp said more testing means people will receive results back 1-2 days later than normal.

12 p.m. - Latest Coronavirus Numbers in North Carolina. 

North Carolina now has 74,529 cases of coronavirus and 1,398 deaths.

Guilford county has seen 3,149 cases and 117 deaths.

NUMBERS TO NOTE:

74,529 CASES (UP 1,546)

1,398 DEATHS (UP 2)

1,051,846 TOTAL TESTS (9% of tests came back positive.)

982 HOSPITALIZED (UP 33) (81% HOSPITALS REPORTING) (HIGHEST HOSPITALIZATION DAY)

COUNTY NUMBERS:

ALAMANCE – 1,292 CASES, 37 DEATHS (18 new cases, 0 new deaths)

CASWELL – 147 CASES, 2 DEATHS

CHATHAM – 994 CASES, 43 DEATHS

DAVIDSON – 1,102 CASES, 15 DEATHS

DAVIE – 223 CASES, 3 DEATHS

FORSYTH – 3,353 CASES, 37 DEATHS (63 new cases, 0 new deaths)

GUILFORD – 3,149 CASES, 117 DEATHS (55 new cases, 0 new deaths)

MONTGOMERY – 347 CASES, 7 DEATHS

RANDOLPH – 1,316 CASES, 31 DEATHS (21 new cases, 0 new deaths)

ROCKINGHAM – 267 CASES, 2 DEATHS

STOKES – 143 CASES, 1 DEATH

SURRY – 516 CASES, 2 DEATHS

WILKES – 593 CASES, 6 DEATHS

YADKIN – 351 CASES, 5 DEATHS

10 a.m. – Guilford County announces COVID-19 community testing events for July

The county said the events are to keep the community healthy and expand testing.

The Guilford County Division of Public Health will work together with N.C. A&T State University, the City of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department, and the City of High Point Parks and Recreation Department to host testing sites on their properties.

Testing sites include:

Craft Community Recreation Center at 3911 Yanceyville Street

Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Testing will be indoors.

9 a.m. - PPE in Greensboro for hospitals and healthcare providers.

36,500 isolation gowns arrived in Greensboro today. They were placed on trucks driven by North Carolina Healthcare Association staff. The gowns will be distributed across the state to different hospitals and healthcare providers.

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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 

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