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COVID-19 Blog | North Carolina tops 100,000 coronavirus cases; 78% recoveries

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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.

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020

4:00 p.m. - Eden cancels slew of upcoming annual events. Shaggin’ on Fieldcrest, Touch A Truck, Grown and Gathered Farm to Table and the 17th Annual Eden RiverFest have been canceled this year due to COVID-19, town officials announced in a statement.

“The uncertainty of not knowing how many people will be allowed to gather makes it very difficult to responsibly fundraise, plan and facilitate such a large festival,” stated Cindy Adams, Coordinator of Special Events and Tourism for the City of Eden.

Noon - North Carolina has topped 100,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and about 78% of them are presumed recoveries, the NCDHHS reported Monday.

The estimated number of patients presumed to be recovered from symptoms from COVID-19 is used in combination with other measures to provide a general sense of how many people with COVID-19 have likely recovered from symptoms, health officials said.

STATE 

  • 101,046 CASES (UP 1,258)
  • PRESUMED RECOVERIES: 78,707 (Nearly 78% of all cases thus far)
  • 1,642 DEATHS (UP 8)
  • 1,423,888 TOTAL TESTS
  • 7% OF TOTAL TESTS WERE POSITIVE AS OF SUNDAY
  • 1,086 HOSPITALIZATIONS (DOWN 29) (86% HOSPITALS REPORTING DATA) 

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 1,718 Cases, 39 Deaths (34 new cases, 0 new deaths)
  • CASWELL – 168 Cases, 2 Deaths
  • CHATHAM – 1,109 Cases, 47 Deaths
  • DAVIDSON – 1,421 Cases, 16 Dearths
  • DAVIE – 278 Cases, 3 Deaths
  • FORSYTH – 4,220 Cases, 41 Deaths (24 new cases, 0 new deaths)
  • GUILFORD – 4,198 Cases, 132 Deaths (71 new cases, new deaths)
  • MONTGOMERY – 456 Cases, 10 Deaths
  • RANDOLPH – 1,747 Cases, 34 Deaths (28 new cases, 0 new deaths)
  • ROCKINGHAM – 359 Cases, 3 Deaths
  • STOKES – 199 CASES, 1 DEATH
  • SURRY – 675 Cases, 5 Deaths 
  • WILKES – 663 Cases, 7 Deaths
  • YADKIN – 405 Cases, 6 Deaths

9 a.m. - Surry County sees 5th death of the pandemic.

Surry County Health And Nutrition Center reports their fifth coronavirus-related death. The person died on July 17. Surry County Health Director, Samantha Ange said "Public Health is once again heavy-hearted as we extend our condolences to the family and friends during this difficult time."

SUNDAY, JULY 19, 2020

Noon - NCDHHS released the latest COVID-19 numbers for Sunday

STATE

  • 99,778 LAB-CONFIRMED CASES
  • 1,394,864 COMPLETED TESTS
  • 1,115 HOSPITALIZATIONS

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 1,684 CASES, 39 DEATHS
  • GUILFORD – 4,127 CASES, 132 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 4,196 CASES, 41 DEATHS

SATURDAY, JULY 18, 2020

6 p.m. - NCDHHS selects more vendors to expand testing and contact tracing

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) selected 13 businesses to join its pool of qualified vendors to support the state’s response to COVID-19, bringing the total number of vendors to 39.

The vendors are pre-qualified to work with the department and the department is prioritizing work with minority-owned business vendors, and also vendors who retain a diverse workforce.

DHHS said it’s working with the Office for Historically Underutilized Businesses and partners to encourage prioritized vendors to apply.

Qualified vendors testing include:

  • Cone Health
  • Groundwater Solutions
  • Mako Medical
  • North Carolina Community Health Center Association
  • Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Labs
  • Visit Healthcare

Qualified vendors for lab capacity include:

  • Kashi Clinical Laboratories
  • Mako Medical
  • Substance Abuse Treatment Labs

Qualified vendors for contact tracing include:

  • Conduent State Healthcare LLC
  • Jennifer Temps, Inc
  • Agile Government Services, Inc.
  • AM LLC
  • Computer Aid Inc (CAI)
  • Groundwater Solutions
  • Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency

Noon - NCDHHS released the latest COVID-19 numbers for Saturday

STATE

  • 97,958 LAB-CONFIRMED CASES
  • 1,379,143 COMPLETED TESTS
  • 1,154 HOSPITALIZATIONS

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 1,648 CASES, 39 DEATHS
  • GUILFORD – 4,061 CASES, 132 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 4,122 CASES, 40 DEATHS

FRIDAY, JULY 17, 2020

5:15 p.m. - COVID-19 cluster reported at Greensboro child care center.

The NCDHHS is reporting a total of seven COVID-19 cases at YESS Learning Center located at 4211 Hilltop Road in Greensboro. The cases include three children and four staff members.

This is the first child care facility COVID-19 cluster in Guilford County and just the second in the Triad. It is one of only 11 statewide.

5:03 p.m. - Guilford County will hold upcoming COVID-19 testing clinics.

Testing site: Griffin Recreation Center

Location: 5301 Hilltop Road in Greensboro

When:

  • Monday, July 20
  • Wednesday, July 22
  • Friday, July 24

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

This is an indoor testing event

Make an appointment by calling 336-641-7527

Testing site: High Point University Community Center at Oak Hollow Mall

Location: 921 Eastchester Drive in High Point

When:

  • Monday, July 27
  • Wednesday, July 29
  • Friday, July 31

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Make an appointment by calling 336-641-7527

4:45 p.m. - Five new COVID-19 outbreaks listed at nursing and rehab facilities. A total of 26 new cases reported and no deaths.

GREENSBORO 

  • Blumenthal's Nursing and Rehabilitation (3 total, 1 resident, 2 staff)
  • Friends Home at Guilford (9 total, 1 resident, 8 staff)
  • St. Gales Estates (2 total, 2 residents, 0 staff)

WINSTON-SALEM

  • Danby Assisted Living Facility (2 total, 0 residents, 2 staff)

THOMASVILLE

  • Spring Arbor of Thomasville (2 total, 1 resident, 1 staff)

4:30 p.m. - COVID-19 cases reported at nursing homes, retirement facilities, rehab centers by county.

From NCDHHS:

Guilford County:

 Camden Health & Rehab

  • 79 total cases
  • 59 residents
  • 20 staff
  • 11 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 79 total cases, 59 residents, 20 staff, 11 deaths

 Clapps Nursing Home

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

 Piedmont Christian Home (this is the only Triad facility with a death in the staff)

  • 66 total cases
  • 48 residents
  • 18 staff
  • 14 deaths (1 of whom is a staff member)
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 66 total cases, 48 residents, 18 staff, 14 deaths

Maple Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center

  • 112 total cases
  • 84 residents
  • 28 staff
  • 20 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 109 total cases, 83 residents, 26 staff, 20 deaths
  • Takeaway: 3 new cases (1 resident, 2 staff)

 Brighton Gardens of Greensboro

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

 Dismas Charities of Greensboro

  • 9 total cases
  • 8 residents
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 9 total cases, 8 residents, 1 staff, 0 deaths

Adams Farm Living and Rehabilitation

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

Friends Home West

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

Guilford House

  • 4 total cases
  • 4 residents
  • 0 staff
  • 3 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 4 residents, 0 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 3 people have died

Blumenthal's Nursing and Rehabilitation (This is new for cases. Located at 3724 Wireless Drive, Greensboro)

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths

Friends Home at Guilford (This is new for cases. Located at 925 New Garden Road, Greensboro)

  • 9 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 8 staff
  • 0 deaths

St. Gales Estates (This is new for cases. Located at 1411 Lees Chapel Road, Greensboro)

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

Forsyth County:

Oak Forest Health and Rehabilitation

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

Silas Creek Rehabilitation

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

The Citadel at Winston Salem

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

 Forest Heights Senior Living Community

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

 The Oaks

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

 Trinity Elms

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

Trinity Glen

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

Verra Spring at Heritage Woods

  • 6 total cases
  • 4 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 1 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 6 total cases, 4 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 person has died

Somerset Court at University Place

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

Summerstone Health and Rehab Center

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

Danby Assisted Living Facility (This is new for cases. Located at 3150 Burke Mill Road, Winston-Salem)

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

Alamance County:

White Oak Manor (NCDHHS has removed them from the list. This means the outbreak is considered over)

  • 134 total cases
  • 85 residents
  • 49 staff
  • 31 deaths

Peak Resources Alamance (NCDHHS has removed them from the list. This means the outbreak is considered over)

  • 3 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths

Davidson County:

Brookdale of Lexington

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

Spring Arbor of Thomasville (This is new for cases. Located at 915 W Cooksey Drive, Thomasville)

  • 2 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 1 staff
  • 0 deaths

Randolph County:

Universal Healthcare Ramseur

  • 54 total cases
  • 39 residents
  • 15 staff
  • 8 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 54 total cases, 39 residents, 15 staff, 8 deaths

Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home

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

Woodland Hill Center

  • 55 total cases
  • 40 residents
  • 15 staff
  • 6 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 55 total cases, 40 residents, 14 staff, 6 deaths

Alpine Health and Rehab of Asheboro

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

Stokes County

LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes

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

Surry County

Pruitt Health-Elkin (This is new for cases. Located at 560 Johnson Ridge Road, Elkin)

  • 7 total cases
  • 4 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 0 deaths

4:09 p.m. - COVID-19 outbreak linked to church in Asheboro. 

The Randolph County Public Health Department said it identified nine cases at the church.

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THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020

5:10 p.m. - Winston-Salem/Forsyth County high school principals vote to delay indefinitely the start of voluntary workouts for all WS/FCS fall high school sports.

A statement provided by school system:

"This morning, WS/FCS high school principals agreed that, based on the current Covid-19 statistics in our state and Forsyth County it remains in the best interest of student and staff safety to delay the start of summer workouts indefinitely. Principals will work with the district to re-evaluate in early August. As always, WS/FCS continues to follow the guidance of public health officials to protect the health and safety of our students and staff."

4:30 p.m. - Ghassan’s on Battleground Ave. and East Cornwallis Drive announced it’s temporarily stopped dine-in services due to coronavirus cases in the area. 

The restaurant will continue offering curbside pickup, take out, online ordering, food truck services and outdoor dining.

2 p.m. - NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen gave updates on coronavirus in the state

Here are a few notes from the briefing: 

  • Dr. Cohen is keeping a close eye on rising COVID-19 trends in the state. (See the graphic below for further details.) 
  • One of those trends is COVID-like syndromic cases. This is the number of people coming into the hospital with coronavirus-like symptoms. Cohen says this is a rising trend. 
  • Cohen also said the trajectory of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases is rising. Thursday was the second-highest day for new cases. 
  • Hospitalizations are slightly up, but Cohen says we have capacity in our state. 
  • Percent-positive cases are holding steady around 8%, but we want that number around 5%, state health leaders said. 
  • State leaders are working to get more testing access to marginalized communities. They're focusing on zip codes of minority communities and elderly adults with chronic conditions. So far, the state has held 60 testing events in communities where people might not otherwise have access to testing, and all of these events were free.
Credit: NCDHHS
NCDHHS reviewed COVID-19 trends on Thursday, July 16. North Carolina needs to have 'green marks' or stabilization of these trends in order to ease restrictions.

Noon - NCDHHS released the latest COVID-19 numbers for Thursday. 

Hospitalizations dropped by eight after a record-high Wednesday. It was the second-highest day of new cases (2,160) and a top-ten day for testing. Twenty more people died in our state. Forsyth County saw a significant jump in new cases (96). Here's a breakdown of the numbers: 

STATE

  • 93,426 LAB-CONFIRMED CASES (UP 2,160) (Second-highest day of new cases)
  • 1,588 DEATHS (UP 20)
  • 1,312,757 COMPLETED TESTS (UP 25,665)
  • 1,134 HOSPITALIZATIONS (DOWN 8) (90% of hospitals reporting data)

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 1,569 CASES (UP 34), 37 DEATHS
  • GUILFORD – 3,877 CASES (UP 37), 131 DEATHS (UP 3)
  • FORSYTH – 3,946 CASES (UP 96), 40 DEATHS

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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.

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For more information visit the CDC OR NCDHHS

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