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COVID-19 Blog: NCDHHS reports 85,701 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in NC

For immediate questions, call the North Carolina Coronavirus Hotline at 866-462-3821 or 2-1-1. Davidson County Courthouse temporarily closed

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, July 12, 2020 

1:30 p.m. Natty Greene's will close temporarily after employee tests positive for COVID-19.  Natty's also said their brewhouse tap room will be closed as a precaution. 

RELATED: Natty Greene's to close temporarily after employee tests positive for COVID-19

1:23 p.m. Davidson County Courthouse temporarily closed due to confirmed case of COVID-19. According Sandie Tysinger Chappell, Davidson County Clerk of Superior Court, the courthouse will be closed until 8 a.m. Monday, July 13, for cleaning. 

RELATED: Davidson County Courthouse temporarily closed due to confirmed case of COVID-19 

1:16 p.m. Guilford County has 3,604 cases of COVID-19 and 123 total deaths according to the NCDHHS.

1:13 p.m. As of Sunday at 11:15 a.m., NCDHHS reports 85,701 lab-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina. They also report 1,070 hospitalizations.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

2:30 p.m. – For the first time since the coronavirus pandemic began, President Trump has been seen in public wearing a mask. He wore a mask with the presidential seal while visiting wounded troops at Walter Reed Medical Center on Saturday. 

Pres. Trump briefly wore a mask behind the scenes at a Michigan plant in May, but said at the time he "didn't want to give the press the pleasure of seeing it", NBC News reported. 

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FRIDAY, JULY 10, 2020

Noon - Hospitalizations reached a fifth-straight consecutive record at 1,046, according to the latest COVID-19 data from NCDHHS. Thursday was the highest testing day with more than 27,000 tests. About 10-percent of those tests came back positive. NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said the curve is hovering around 8-10 percent, and she'd like to see it closer to 5 percent. The majority of confirmed positive cases are Millennials and Generation X. Guilford County had a significant case increase and two more deaths.

STATE

  • 81,331 CASES (UP 1,982)
  • 1,479 DEATHS (UP 18 SINCE THURSDAY’S UPDATE)
  • 1,150,612 TESTS (UP 22,399) *SO FAR, 10% OF TESTS ON 7/9 HAVE RETURNED POSITIVE*
  • 1,046 HOSPITALIZED (UP 12 SINCE THURSDAY’S UPDATE) *NEW RECORD*

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 1,388 CASES, 37 DEATHS (31 new case, 0 new deaths)
  • CASWELL – 149 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • CHATHAM – 1,035 CASES, 44 DEATHS
  • DAVIDSON – 1,210 CASES, 15 DEATHS
  • DAVIE – 241 CASES, 3 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 3,580 CASES, 39 DEATHS (55 new cases, 2 new deaths)
  • GUILFORD – 3,440 CASES, 123 DEATHS (79 new cases, 2 new deaths)
  • MONTGOMERY – 376 CASES, 9 DEATHS
  • RANDOLPH – 1,405 CASES, 32 DEATHS (18 new cases, 0 new deaths)
  • ROCKINGHAM – 289 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • STOKES – 162 CASES, 1 DEATHS
  • SURRY – 565 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • WILKES – 608 CASES, 6 DEATHS
  • YADKIN – 376 CASES, 5 DEATHS

THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020

2:45 p.m. - Forsyth County to hold coronavirus testing event. Free coronavirus testing will be held Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Southeast Plaza 3067 Waughtown St. in Winston-Salem.

2 p.m. - Gov. Roy Cooper and the coronavirus task force will give an update on COVID-19 in the state. We will stream the live briefing in this story. 

  • Cooper said there will be an official announcement on schools next week, as well as an update on the executive 'safer-at-home' order. 
  • Thursday was the highest day for hospitalizations and the second-highest day for new cases. 
  • Cooper said labs are experiencing a delay in testing statewide. 
  • NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said we aren't in "dire straights" like some states when it comes to hospitalizations. We still have hospital bed and ICU capacity, but state leaders are monitoring this closely. 
  • Cohen said new cases in the state are increasing. 
  • The percentage of positive cases remains stable between 8-10 percent, but Cohen would like that number to be at five percent. 
  • Cohen said the Charlotte area is on high alert for hospitalization capacity.
  • Cohen said state leaders are working on ways to accommodate high-risk teachers and students before returning to classrooms. 
  • Cohen said younger children are less likely to transmit the virus. She said teachers are more likely to spread the virus by congregating or by not wearing a face-covering in the school setting. 
  • Cohen said there isn't one particular event (like protests or other mass gatherings) that is related to the increase in cases, but rather, health officials are seeing more spread in the workplace.

Noon - NCDHHS released the latest COVID-19 data for the state. New daily cases topped 2,000 and hospitalizations broke 1,000, shattering the previous records. However, the hospitalization curve shows some slowing. There were more than 21,000 new tests, which is high, but not close to the record (over 26,000). Guilford and Forsyth Counties reported significant case increases. Guilford County reported three more deaths since Wednesday's update. 

STATE

  • 79,349 CASES (UP 2,039) (SECOND-HIGHEST DAILY CASE INCREASE)
  • 1,461 DEATHS (UP 20)
  • 1,121,811 TESTS (9% POSITIVE ON 7/8)
  • 1,034 HOSPITALIZED WITH 86% HOSPITALS REPORTING (HIGHEST HOSPITALIZATION DAY) (UP 40 FROM YESTERDAY WHEN 89% HOSPITALS REPORTED)

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 1,357 CASES, 37 DEATHS (38 new cases, 0 new deaths)
  • CASWELL – 149 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • CHATHAM – 1,009 CASES, 44 DEATHS
  • DAVIDSON – 1,175 CASES, 15 DEATHS
  • DAVIE – 236 CASES, 3 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 3,525 CASES, 37 DEATHS (75 new cases, 0 new deaths) 
  • GUILFORD – 3,361 CASES, 121 DEATHS (86 new cases, 3 new deaths)
  • MONTGOMERY – 368 CASES, 9 DEATHS
  • RANDOLPH – 1,387 CASES, 32 DEATHS (34 new cases, 1 new death)
  • ROCKINGHAM – 284 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • STOKES – 155 CASES, 1 DEATH
  • SURRY – 552 CASES, 2 DEATHS
  • WILKES – 602 CASES, 6 DEATHS
  • YADKIN – 364 CASES, 5 DEATHS

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NEWS TO NOTE: 

Governor Roy Cooper will hold a press conference with members of the coronavirus task force at 2 p.m. Last week, many thought Cooper would make an announcement on North Carolina schools. However, he held off on any decision, saying he wanted to hear from more school districts about their proposed back-to-school plans. He said the goal is for kids to be back in classrooms in August, but state leaders want to "get it right." 

A press release from Cooper's office states Thursday's briefing will be an update on coronavirus in the state. It's unclear if Cooper will talk about any plan for schools. 

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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

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