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Cases in North Carolina: 3,962 with 74 deaths
APRIL 10, 2020
4:30 p.m. - Guilford County amends stay-at-home order
4:00 p.m. - High Point Mayor Jay Wagner addresses the new stay-at-home order guidelines.
- The new guidelines address three main areas: church services, auto dealerships and car washes.
- The main idea is that these types of businesses can operate with social distancing but needed more clarification.
- Overall, this eased restrictions for those three areas but it is still more restrictive than the statewide Stay at Home order.
- For car washes: you can do things like go through automated machine car washes but services like self-serve vacuums cannot be used
- For churches: Wagner says current restrictions have been hard on small churches. Bigger churches can more easily do online services but small churches have asked for drive-in abilities. Before this, drive-in services were a gray area because of the ban on gatherings of more than 10 people.
1:30 p.m. - President Trump will give an update on the coronavirus pandemic and address Americans on Good Friday. On a weekend where most people want to gather with their families, state and federal leaders are encouraging Americans to stay home.
11:15 a.m. - NCDHHS reports 3,962 coronavirus cases statewide and 74 deaths.
There are 423 patients hospitalized and cases are being reported in 91 counties. So far, 74 people have died. That's seven more than Thursday's total of 67.
Friday News to Note:
Governor Cooper signed an executive order affecting retailers, nursing homes, and unemployment.
- The first part of the executive order limits the number of people allowed in retail stores. It directs stores to clean more and put down markings six feet apart at places like checkout lines.
- The second part of the executive order sets up new health and safety requirements for nursing homes. Group dining and activities in commons areas are banned. Employees must wear masks and other protective equipment.
- The third part focuses on speeding up the unemployment claim process. The order removes obstacles in the process, so employers can file claims for employees faster. It allows the Department of Commerce to choose not to enforce certain rules, so it's easier to approve more people.
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.
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NC CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE
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