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COVID-19 Blog | NCDHHS reports a total of 246,028 cases of COVID-19 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. 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2020

3:12 p.m. Guilford County has a total of 10,438 cases of COVID-19 and a total of 193 deaths according to the NCDHHS. 

3:08 p.m. There are 1,129 total hospitalizations in North Carolina due to COVID-19 according to NCDHHS.

3:05 p.m. As of Sunday at noon the NCDHHS reports a total of 246,028 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2020

12:35 p.m. According to the NCDHHS, Guilford County has a total of 10,357 total cases of COVID, with a total number of 192 deaths.

12:29 p.m. The NCDHHS reports a total of 1,140 hospitalizations in North Carolina due to COVID-19. 

12:23 p.m.  As of Saturday at 10:35 a.m. the NCDHHS reports a total of 243,725 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2020

6:00 p.m. - Nursing home outbreak sets record for number of coronavirus cases in the Triad. With 147 cases, Alamance Health Care Center is the largest outbreak at a Triad nursing facility to date.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 41 new cases at Alamance Health Care on Friday. It's the third-largest nursing home outbreak in North Carolina during the pandemic, according to health officials.

RELATED: Burlington nursing home has 147 COVID-19 cases, the worst Triad outbreak to date

12:30 p.m. -- NCDHHS released the latest coronavirus data on Friday. The state reached another record-high for new cases for the second day in a row. 

RELATED: What's causing the state's rise in COVID-19 cases? A Triad doctor weighs in

STATEWIDE DATA:

  • NEW CASES: 2,684
  • TOTAL CASES: 241,623
  • NEW TESTS: 36,446 MOLECULAR, 716 ANTIGEN
  • TOTAL TESTS: 3,531,840
  • HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,148
  • PERCENT POSITIVE: 6.3% (AS OF 10/14)
Credit: WFMY
The percentage of positive tests in North Carolina is hovering just above the goal line of 5%.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2020

3 p.m. - Gov. Roy Cooper and the North Carolina coronavirus task force will give an update on the virus in the state. 

Key Points:

  • "North Carolina is trending in the wrong direction," Dr. Mandy Cohen said.
  • Cohen and Gov. Roy Cooper stress the importance of wearing a mask and the three Ws.
  • With colder weather and people staying in, we are at risk for spread, Cooper said. Particularly with extended 
  • The task force will look at 14 days of data and not just today when considering safeguards, Copper said.
  • Our #1 goal is to get children back in schools, Cooper said. 
  • In response to comments the coronavirus is "petering out," Cohen says with this being the highest reporting of cases since the start of the pandemic, we are hardly petering out. The three Ws are extremely important.
  • There have been small changes in the virus but nothing that indicates it's more contagious or stronger. Lower humidity and temperature is what is increasing the spread.
  • NC is preparing to turn in vaccine plan for distribution. Making sure to take care of at-risk staff at hospitals and nursing homes, etc. The plan is expected to be discussed tomorrow.
  • While there are several vaccines being tested, none have been submitted for approval yet. We need to understand there will be a limited supply when it rolls out, Cohen said. There is need to prioritize who will get it first.
  • The importance of masks is to protect others you come in contact with,Cohen said. 
  • If numbers continue to trend up, what is will North Carolina do? If people abide by the safety guidelines we can get back on track, Cooper said. "No one wants to move backward," Cohen said. We will go backward if we have to by first eliminating high-risk activities, she said.

12:30 p.m. - NCDHHS officials released the latest coronavirus dates for the state. North Carolina saw its highest number of new cases in more than a month.

STATEWIDE DATA:

  • NEW CASES: 2,532
  • TOTAL CASES: 238,939
  • NEW TESTS: 31,183 MOLECULAR, 1,296 ANTIGEN
  • TOTAL TESTS: 3,493,186
  • HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,140
  • PERCENT POSITIVE: 6.5% (AS OF 10/13)

10 a.m. -- Dr. Christopher Ohl, an infectious disease expert with Wake Forest Baptist Health, will give an update on COVID-19 trends in the Triad. During his press conference last week, Ohl said he was concerned about rising COVID-19 trends in Guilford, Davidson, and Randolph Counties. 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2020

9:00 p.m. - Cheesecakes by Alex has closed both locations after an employee tested positive for coronavirus.

In a Facebook post, the bakery revealed it was a Winston-Salem employee but it closed the Greensboro location too, just to be safe. It's now asking all staff members to get tested before reopening.

Free testing tomorrow: Guilford County Department of public health is holding free testing tomorrow. It will be from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at  1100 East Wendover Avenue in Greensboro. You can call (336)641-7527 for more information.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2020

5:00 p.m. - Alamance County Health Department is reporting two COVID-19 outbreaks at long-term care facilities in the county. 

RELATED: COVID-19 outbreak at two Alamance nursing facilities

4:00 p.m. - Five new COVID outbreaks reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services for the Piedmont Triad.

  • Brighton Gardens of Greensboro. This is their 2nd outbreak. 4 total cases (1 resident, 3 staff), no deaths. Their first outbreak had 22 cases, no deaths.
  • Piney Grove Nursing and Rehab in Forsyth County. This is their 3rd outbreak. 10 total cases (5 residents, 5 staff), no deaths. 1st outbreak had 6 cases, 0 deaths. 2nd outbreak had 5 cases, 0 deaths.
  • Moneta Springs Memory Care at Twin Lakes in Alamance County. This is according to the Alamance Co. Health Dept. 4 total cases (2 residents, 2 staff), no deaths.
  • Peak Resources Alamance, according to the Alamance Co. Health Dept. This is their 3rd outbreak. 3 total cases (1 resident, 2 staff), no deaths. 1st outbreak had 3 cases, 0 deaths. 2nd outbreak had 4 cases, 0 deaths.
  • Montgomery County Jail. 6 cases (3 inmates, 3 staff)

3:30 p.m. - The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released its number of COVID cases in nursing homes and rehab facilities.

Guilford County:

Clapps Nursing Center

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 1 resident, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 94 cases, 24 deaths

River Landing Assisted Living

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Maryfield Nursing Home

  • 3 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 0 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Westchester Manor

  • 4 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 4 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS:  4 total cases, 0 residents, 4 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Camden Health and Rehab

  • 2 total cases
  • 2 residents
  • 0 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 2 residents, 0 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 85 cases, 15 deaths

Kindred Long-term Acute Care/Kindred Hospital in Greensboro

  • 2 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 1 resident, 1 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Holden Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care

  • 2 total cases
  • 2 residents
  • 0 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 2 residents, 0 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Well-Spring Retirement Community

  • 2 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 1 resident, 1 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Brighton Gardens of Greensboro 

  • 4 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths.
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 22 cases, 0 deaths

Forsyth County:

Trinity Glen

  • 54 total cases
  • 31 residents
  • 23 staff
  • 10 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 54 total cases, 29 residents, 23 staff, 10 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Oak Forest Health and Rehab

  • 79 total cases
  • 47 residents
  • 32 staff
  • 1 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 79 total cases, 47 residents, 32 staff, 1 death
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 13 total cases, 1 resident, 12 staff, 0 deaths)

Accordius Health of Clemmons

  • 46 total cases

  • 38 residents

  • 8 staff

  • 9 deaths

  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 46 total cases, 38 residents, 8 staff, 9 deaths

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Southfork

  • 49 total cases
  • 38 residents
  • 11 staff
  • 4 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 49 total cases, 38 residents, 11 staff, 4 deaths

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Kerner Ridge ALF

  • 34 total cases
  • 20 residents
  • 14 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 34 total cases, 20 residents, 14 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

The Citadel at Winston-Salem

  • 16 total cases
  • 8 residents
  • 8 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 14 total cases, 8 residents, 6 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: 2 new cases (both staff)

  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 69 cases, 4 deaths

Salemtowne Babcock Health Center

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

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

UMAR Waddell Group Home

  • 13 total cases
  • 5 residents
  • 8 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 11 total cases, 4 residents, 7 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: 2 new cases (1 resident, 1 staff)

Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community Inc.

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

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 2 cases, 0 deaths

Clemmons Village 1

  • 19 total cases
  • 7 residents
  • 12 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 9 total cases, 3 residents, 6 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: 10 new cases (4 residents, 6 staff)

Piney Grove Nursing and Rehab Center 

  • 10 total cases
  • 5 residents
  • 5 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FIRST OUTBREAK: 6 cases, 0 deaths
  • SECOND OUTBREAK: 5 cases, 0 deaths

Alamance County:

Alamance Health Care Center

  • 106 total cases
  • 68 residents
  • 38 staff
  • 1 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 106 total cases, 68 residents, 38 staff, 1 death
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Alamance County Detention Center

  • 130 total cases (119 inmates, 11 staff)

Blakely Hall Memory Care Facility

  • 22 total cases
  • 15 residents
  • 7 staff
  • 1 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 22 total cases, 15 resident, 7 staff, 1 death
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Moneta Springs Memory Care at Twin Lakes 

  • 4 total cases
  • 2 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths

Peak Resources Alamance 

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FIRST OUTBREAK: 3 cases, 0 deaths
  • SECOND OUTBREAK: 4 cases, 0 deaths

Davidson County:

Pine Ridge Health and Rehab

  • 55 total cases
  • 40 residents
  • 15 staff
  • 6 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 54 total cases, 40 residents, 14 staff, 6 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 new case (staff)

Davidson County Jail

  • 8 cases (3 staff, 5 inmates)

Piedmont Crossing

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

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Pelican Health

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

  • Takeaway: 1 new case (staff)

  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 3 cases, 0 deaths

Abbotts Creek Center

  • 13 total cases
  • 11 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 13 total cases, 11 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths.

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Mount Vista Health Park

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

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Randolph County:

Alpine Health and Rehab of Asheboro

  • 36 total cases
  • 19 residents
  • 17 staff
  • 2 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 33 total cases, 19 residents, 14 staff, 2 deaths
  • Takeaway: 3 new cases (all staff)

Universal Healthcare Ramseur

  • 28 total cases
  • 23 residents
  • 5 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 0 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 25 new cases! (23 residents, 2 staff)
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 54 cases, 8 deaths

Woodland Hill Center

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

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 57 cases, 6 deaths

Rockingham County

Jacob's Creek Nursing and Rehab Center

  • 123 total cases
  • 78 residents
  • 45 staff
  • 2 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 118 total cases, 76 residents, 42 staff, 1 death
  • Takeaway: 5 new cases (2 residents, 3 staff), another person has died

Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Eden

  • 56 total cases
  • 45 residents
  • 11 staff
  • 3 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 56 total cases, 45 residents, 11 staff, 2 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 more person has died.

UNC Rockingham Rehabilitation and Health at UNC Rockingham Hospital

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Surry County

Central Continuing Care

  • 20 total cases

  • 11 residents

  • 9 staff

  • 0 deaths

  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 20 total cases, 11 residents, 9 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Colonial Long Term Care Facility

  • 32 total cases

  • 27 residents

  • 5 staff

  • 0 deaths

  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 16 total cases, 14 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths

  • Takeaway: 16 new cases (13 residents, 3 staff)

Wilkes County

Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

  • 130 total cases
  • 76 residents
  • 54 staff
  • 14 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 128 total cases, 76 residents, 52 staff, 12 deaths
  • Takeaway: 2 new cases (both staff), 2 more people have died

Accordius Health at Wilkesboro

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Montgomery County

Sandy Ridge Memory Care

  • 53 total cases
  • 39 residents
  • 14 staff
  • 6 death
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 53 total cases, 39 residents, 14 staff, 6 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Autumn Care of Biscoe

  • 93 total cases
  • 57 residents
  • 36 staff
  • 11 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 93 total cases, 57 residents, 36 staff, 11 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Montgomery County Jail 

  • 6 cases (3 inmates, 3 staff)

Stokes County

Walnut Cove Health and Rehab

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Walnut Ridge Assisted Living

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 9 total cases, 0 deaths

Alleghany County

Bottomley Evergreens and Farms in Sparta (outbreak over, DHHS took them off the list)

  • 128 total cases

Alleghany Center

  • 3 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 0 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Caswell County

Caswell House

  • 10 total cases
  • 8 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 2 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 10 total cases, 8 residents, 2 staff, 2 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today

Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation/Yanceyville

  • 4 total cases
  • 3 residents
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • FRIDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 3 residents, 1 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 3 cases, 0 deaths

MONDAY, OCT. 12, 2020

2 p.m. - NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. and leaders from the North Carolina Retail Merchants and Restaurant & Lodging associations hold news conference regarding COVID-19. 

Cohen emphasized practicing the 3 W’s: Wear, Wait and Wash in order to keep the number of coronavirus cases at a minimum.

  • 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

Health leaders mentioned “Count on Me NC,” a free online training program.

RELATED: Why you should look for ‘Count On Me NC’ stickers on business windows

The program helps businesses operate in a way that protects public health. More than 3,000 businesses have completed training so far.

Cohen recommended citizens continue to practice safety and social distancing during the holiday shopping season.

“We cannot afford to move backwards,” Cohen said.

12 p.m. -- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released the latest COVID-19 numbers for the state. NCDHHS warns with the start of Phase 3, more people are moving around and there's more potential for the spread of the virus. However, NCDHHS numbers are showing some stabilization since the start of Phase 3. 

  • NEW CASES: 1,276 (DOWN FROM SUNDAY’S 1,719)
  • TOTAL CASES: 232,747
  • GUILFORD: 9,863 CASES, 191 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH: 7,682 CASES, 105 DEATHS
  • ALAMANCE: 4,464 CASES, 59 DEATHS
  • PERCENT OF POSITIVE TESTS: 6.6% ON 10/10
  • HOSPITALIZATIONS: 1,109 WITH 96% REPORTING
  • TOTAL DEATHS: 3,773

WHERE TO GET TESTED

Guilford:

The Guilford County Health Department is hosting free testing all this week. Just head to the department on 1100 East Wendover Avenue. The testing will be on Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and Tuesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Forsyth:

There are a few new places to get tested for coronavirus in Forsyth County. The YMCA on Waterworks Road in Winston-Salem will host coronavirus testing every Monday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In Lewisville, you can get tested at Shallowford Square. That will be on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Flu shots will also be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

FACTS NOT FEAR

Remember facts, not fear when talking about the coronavirus. You should take the safety measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Abide by the three W's. That means wearing a mask, washing your hands, and waiting at least six feet from another person. You also want to avoid touching your face and make sure to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it away.

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.

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