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COVID-19 Blog: What are some of the financial side effects of COVID-19?

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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.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2020

2:30 p.m. - What are the financial side effects to COVID-19?

The coronavirus is creating unique side effects when it comes to how you spend your money. 

From a shortage of coins to a massive decrease in American credit card debt, the coronavirus is creating unique side effects when it comes to how we spend our money. But what should consumers make of these trends? And how long could they last? 

Read more: Covid-19 financial side effects

Noon - NCDHHS releases Sunday’s latest coronavirus numbers

STATE

  • 217,496 CASES
  • 3,155,433 COMPLETED TESTS
  • 907 PEOPLE CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 4,121 CASES, 56 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 7,308 CASES, 104 DEATHS
  • GUILFORD – 9,050 CASES, 187 DEATHS
  • RANDOLPH – 2,983 CASES, 54 DEATHS
  • WILKES – 1,320 CASES, 35 DEATHS

Visit NCDHHS’ website for more information on new statistics and data.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2020

6 p.m. - State health officials release latest coronavirus numbers

NCDHHS reports 216,886 cases, 3,130,783 completed tests, and 921 currently hospitalized.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2, 2020

7:45 p.m. - State health officials report 11 total cases of COVID-19 at High Point Christian Academy. 

NCDHHS reports the 11 cases involve 6 students and 5 faculty members.

7: 30 p.m. - NCDHHS releases latest nursing home coronavirus numbers

MAJOR TAKEAWAYS:

Four new outbreaks have started

    • UMAR Waddel Group Home on Reynold Road in Winston-Salem. 4 total cases (all staff), no deaths.
    • Walnut Cove Health and Rehab in Stokes County. 2 total cases (all staff), no deaths.
    • Walnut Ridge Assisted Living in Stokes County. 2 total cases (all staff), no deaths. This is their 2nd outbreak. The first one had 9 total cases and no deaths.
    • Colonial Long Term Care Facility on Snowhill Drive in Mount Airy. 16 total cases (14 residents, 2 staff), no deaths.
  • A big spike at Alamance Health Care Center. 39 new cases (25 residents, 14 staff). They also reported their first death. There are now 70 total cases.
  • A 13 case spike at Kerner Ridge ALF in Forsyth County (11 residents, 2 staff). They now have 16 total cases, no deaths.

Four outbreaks are now over.

    • Maple Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center in Greensboro is off the list. It was the largest outbreak in Guilford County. It was also the 2nd deadliest outbreak in the Triad. 126 total cases (97 residents, 29 staff). 22 people died. The 1st deadliest Triad outbreak was at White Oak Manor in Burlington (134 cases, 31 deaths). The outbreak ended months ago.
    • Trinity Elms in Winston-Salem. 34 total cases. 3 deaths.
    • Randolph County Detention Center. 7 total cases (all inmates).
    • Pruitt Health Elkin in Surry County. 72 total cases, 10 deaths.

From DHHS:

Guilford County:

Clapps Nursing Center

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 1 resident, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 94 cases, 24 deaths

Maple Grove Health and Rehabilitation Center

  • 126 total cases
  • 97 residents
  • 29 staff
  • 22 deaths

River Landing Assisted Living

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

Maryfield Nursing Home

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

Westchester Manor

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

Camden Health and Rehab

  • 2 total cases
  • 2 residents
  • 0 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 2 residents, 0 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 85 cases, 15 deaths

Piedmont Christian Home (off the list - had 66 cases, 14 deaths (1 was an employee)

Verra Springs at Heritage Greens (off the list - 1st outbreak: 13 cases, 0 deaths. 2nd outbreak: 8 total cases, 0 deaths)

Brighton Gardens of Greensboro (off the list - 22 total cases, 0 deaths)

Dismas Charities of Greensboro (off the list - 9 total cases, 0 deaths)

Malachi House II (off the list - 16 total cases, 0 deaths)

St. Gales Estates (off the list - 4 total cases, 0 deaths)

Blumenthal's Nursing and Rehabilitation (off the list - 3 total cases, 0 deaths)

Camden Health and Rehab (off the list - 85 cases, 15 deaths)

Friends Home West (off the list - 6 cases, 0 deaths)

Guilford House (off the list - 25 cases, 4 deaths)

Abbotswood at Irving Park Assisted Living (off the list - 27 cases, 4 deaths)

Friends Home at Guilford (off the list - 4 cases, 0 deaths)

Adams Farm Living and Rehabilitation (off the list - 58 cases, 3 deaths)

Forsyth County:

Trinity Elms (outbreak over, DHHS took them off the list)

  • 34 total cases
  • 19 residents
  • 15 staff
  • 3 deaths

Trinity Glen

  • 54 total cases
  • 31 residents
  • 23 staff
  • 10 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 54 total cases, 29 residents, 23 staff, 9 deaths
  • Takeaway: another person has died

Oak Forest Health and Rehab

  • 79 total cases
  • 47 residents
  • 32 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 79 total cases, 47 residents, 32 staff, 1 death
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 13 total cases, 1 resident, 12 staff, 0 deaths)

Accordius Health of Clemmons

  • 45 total cases
  • 38 residents
  • 7 staff
  • 9 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 44 total cases, 37 residents, 7 staff, 9 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 new case (resident)

Southfork

  • 47 total cases
  • 37 residents
  • 10 staff
  • 4 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 47 total cases, 37 residents, 10 staff, 2 deaths
  • Takeaway: 2 more people have died

Brookridge Retirement Community

  • 3 total cases
  • 1 resident
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 1 resident, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: nothing new here today
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 4 cases, 0 deaths

Kerner Ridge ALF

  • 16 total cases
  • 11 residents
  • 5 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 3 total cases, 0 residents, 3 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 13 new cases (11 residents, 2 staff)

The Citadel at Winston-Salem

  • 12 total cases
  • 6 residents
  • 5 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 11 total cases, 7 residents, 5 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 new case (resident)
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 69 cases, 4 deaths

Salemtowne Babcock Health Center

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

UMAR Waddell Group Home (located at 1323 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem)

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

Forsyth Co. Detention Center (off the list - 11 total cases)

The Oaks (off the list - 29 total cases, 1 death)

Forest Heights Senior Living Community (off the list - 4 total cases, 0 deaths)

Verra Spring at Heritage Woods (off the list - 6 total cases, 0 deaths)

Somerset Court at University Place (off the list - 2 total cases, 0 deaths)

Summerstone Health and Rehab Center (off the list - 3 cases, 0 deaths)

Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community (off the list - 2 cases, 0 deaths)

Brookridge Retirement Community (off the list - 4 cases, 0 deaths)

Homestead Hills Assisted Living (off the list - 3 cases, 0 deaths)

The Atrium/The Respite Center (off the list - 30 cases, 0 deaths)

Danby Assisted Living Facility (off the list - 28 cases, 4 deaths)

Silas Creek Rehabilitation Center (off the list - 1st outbreak: 22 cases, 1 death. 2nd outbreak: 9 cases, 0 deaths)

Piney Grove Nursing & Rehab (off the list - 1st outbreak: 6 cases, 0 deaths. 2nd outbreak: 5 cases, 0 deaths)

Cadence Living at Clemmons (off the list - 4 cases, no deaths)

Alamance County:

Alamance Health Care Center

  • 70 total cases
  • 42 residents
  • 28 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 31 total cases, 17 residents, 14 staff, 0 deaths
  • Takeaway: 39 new cases!! (25 residents, 14 staff), one person has died

Alamance County Detention Center

  • 130 total cases (119 inmates, 11 staff)

Coble Creek

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

Peak Resources Alamance

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

Blakely Hall Memory Care Facility

  • 22 total cases
  • 15 residents
  • 7 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 22 total cases, 15 resident, 7 staff, 1 death

Home Place of Burlington

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

White Oak Manor (off the list, 134 total cases, 31 deaths)

Residential Treatment Services (off the list - 2 cases, 0 deaths)

Davidson County:

Pine Ridge Health and Rehab

  • 54 total cases
  • 40 residents
  • 14 staff
  • 6 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 53 total cases, 40 residents, 12 staff, 6 deaths
  • Takeaway: 1 new case (staff)

Davidson County Jail

  • 8 cases (3 staff, 5 inmates)

Mallard Ridge Assisted Living

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

Piedmont Crossing

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

Pelican Health

  • 4 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 4 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 4 total cases, 0 residents, 4 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 3 cases, 0 deaths

Abbotts Creek Center

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

Mount Vista Health Park

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

Brookdale of Lexington (off the list - 19 total cases, 1 death)

Alston Brook (off the list - 1st outbreak: 63 cases, 8 deaths. 2nd outbreak: 2 cases, 0 deaths)

Spring Arbor of Thomasville (off the list - 3 total cases, 0 deaths)

Randolph County:

Alpine Health and Rehab of Asheboro

  • 28 total cases
  • 17 residents
  • 11 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 28 total cases, 17 residents, 11 staff, 1 death

Randolph County Detention Center (outbreak over, DHHS took them off the list)

  • 7 total cases (all inmates)

Universal Healthcare Ramseur

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 2 total cases, 0 residents, 2 staff, 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 54 cases, 8 deaths

Woodland Hill Center (off the list - 57 cases, 6 deaths)

Clapp's Convalescent Nursing Home (off the list - 8 cases, 0 deaths)

Rockingham County

Jacob's Creek Nursing and Rehab Center

  • 116 total cases
  • 75 residents
  • 41 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 116 total cases, 75 residents, 41 staff, 1 death

Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation Eden

  • 38 total cases
  • 28 residents
  • 10 staff
  • 1 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 38 total cases, 28 residents, 10 staff, 1 death

UNC Rockingham Rehabilitation and Health at UNC Rockingham Hospital

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

Stokes County

LifeBrite Long Term Care (affiliated with LifeBrite Community Hospital)

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

Walnut Cove Health and Rehab (located at 511 Windmill Street, Walnut Cove)

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

Walnut Ridge Assisted Living

  • 2 total cases
  • 0 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 0 deaths
  • PREVIOUS OUTBREAK: 9 total cases, 0 deaths

Stokes County Jail (off the list - 19 cases, 0 deaths)

Surry County

Pruitt Health-Elkin (outbreak over, DHHS took them off the list)

  • 72 total cases
  • 52 residents
  • 20 staff
  • 10 deaths

Surry Community Health and Rehab

  • 14 total cases
  • 11 residents
  • 3 staff
  • 2 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 14 total cases, 11 residents, 3 staff, 2 deaths

Central Continuing Care

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

Colonial Long Term Care Facility (located at 340 Snowhill Drive, Mount Airy)

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

Surry County Jail (off the list - 2 total cases, 0 deaths)

Grover Simmons Church Road in Dobson (off the list - 9 cases, 0 deaths)

Yadkin Valley Senior Living Center (off the list - 5 cases, 1 death)

Wilkes County

Westwood Hills Nursing and Rehabilitation Center

  • 128 total cases
  • 76 residents
  • 52 staff
  • 12 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 128 total cases, 76 residents, 52 staff, 12 deaths

Accordius Health at Wilkesboro

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

Wilkesboro Health and Rehabilitation (off the list - 5 total cases, 0 deaths)

Wilkes County Jail (off the list - 4 total cases, 0 deaths)

Montgomery County

Sandy Ridge Memory Care

  • 53 total cases
  • 39 residents
  • 14 staff
  • 6 death
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 53 total cases, 39 residents, 14 staff, 4 deaths
  • Takeaway: 2 more people have died

Autumn Care of Biscoe

  • 93 total cases
  • 57 residents
  • 36 staff
  • 11 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 93 total cases, 57 residents, 36 staff, 11 deaths

Eckerd Commons Juvenile Justice Residential Program (off the list - 17 cases, 0 deaths)

Alleghany County

Bottomley Evergreens and Farms in Sparta

  • 127 total cases
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 127 cases

Caswell County

Caswell House

  • 10 total cases
  • 8 residents
  • 2 staff
  • 2 deaths
  • TUESDAY NUMBERS: 10 total cases, 8 residents, 2 staff, 2 deaths

Brian Center Health & Rehabilitation/Yanceyville

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

7:15 p.m. - The North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR) says the deadline for the COVID-19 family relief fund is quickly approaching.

State officials say the deadline for families is Oct. 15. Officials said the grant amount is $335 total for each eligible individual.

RELATED: Deadline for COVID-19 family relief fund quickly approaching

1 a.m. - President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday that he and first lady Melania Trump have been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

THURSDAY, OCT. 1, 2020

3:09 p.m. -- Town of Elon says it will keep its stricter rules as North Carolina moves to Phase 3. Town leaders were one of the only local governments following stricter rules than what Phase 2.5 required. 

12 p.m. -- App State Football announced its game against Louisiana set for Wednesday, Oct. 7 will be postponed due to positive COVID-19 cases. App State officials said positive cases are in isolation and close contacts have been notified and instructed to quarantine. 

RELATED: App State postpones game against Louisiana due to COVID-19 cases

10 a.m. - How can you tell the difference between COVID-19, the flu, and cold symptoms? Dr. Christopher Ohl, an infectious disease expert with Wake Forest Baptist Health, will help us understand and give an update on COVID-19 in the Triad. 

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 30, 2020

2 p.m. - Gov. Roy Cooper announced North Carolina will move into Phase 3 of reopening on Friday. Watch the full news conference on our YouTube channel

  • Gov. Cooper announced that North Carolina will enter Phase 3 on Friday at 5 p.m. Phase 3 will be in effect until Friday, October 23. 
  • Under Phase 3, bars and movie theaters will be able to open at limited capacity. 
  • Large outdoor venues that seat more than 10,000 will be able to open at 7% capacity. 
  • Smaller outdoor venues may operate at 30% capacity, or no more than 100 people, whichever is less. 
  • Movie theaters and conference centers may operate at 30% capacity indoors, or no more than 100 people, whichever is less. 
  • Movie theaters may apply the 30% capacity limit to each screen inside the building. 
  • Bars may open outdoor spaces only at 30% capacity, or no more than 100 people, whichever is less. 
  • Outdoor amusement parks may open at 30% capacity. 
  • Masks are still required. Gov. Cooper didn't say how long the mask mandate could be in effect but noted it could be until a vaccine is available. 
  • NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen said North Carolina's four key metrics (COVID-like syndromic cases, new positive cases, percentage of positive tests, and hospitalizations) remain stable and received "yellow lines" in the latest data report.
  • COVID-like syndromic cases are slightly increasing. 
  • Since July 30, new cases are level. Cohen wants to see this trend go down in order to give it a "green check." 
  • The percent of positive tests remain around 5%, but this metric went up slightly over the past couple of days. Health officials want North Carolina to be at 5% or lower for a two week period to ease more restrictions. 
  • Hospitalizations remain level, but we need them to go down more to ease more restrictions. 

RELATED: Curve in Context: North Carolina hovers at goal line of 5% positive tests

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

Noon - State health officials release Tuesday's latest updates on coronavirus data

North Carolina's percentage of positive COVID-19 tests remains near 5%, but the state hasn't yet met that percentage for two straight weeks. That's the goal state health leaders want to reach before entering the next reopening phase. 

Forsyth County has the lowest percentage of positive COVID-19 tests out of all Triad counties -- 2.8%.

STATEWIDE NUMBERS:  

  • 209,137 LAB-CONFIRMED COVID CASES with 204,331 MOLECULAR CASES and 4,806 ANTIGEN TESTS
  • 950 CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED
  • 3,014,780 COMPLETED TESTS

COUNTIES

  • ALAMANCE – 3,962 CASES, 54 DEATHS
  • CASWELL – 362 CASES, 5 DEATHS
  • DAVIDSON – 2,797 CASES, 37 DEATHS
  • DAVIE – 568 CASES, 6 DEATHS
  • FORSYTH – 7,067 CASES, 103 DEATHS
  • GUILFORD – 8,689 CASES, 181 DEATHS
  • RANDOLPH – 2,863 CASES, 54 DEATHS
  • ROCKINGHAM – 1,286 CASES, 14 DEATHS
  • SURRY – 1,334 CASES, 23 DEATHS
  • WILKES – 1,244 CASES, 34 DEATHS
  • YADKIN – 746 CASES, 9 DEATHS

RELATED: 'It's definitely a step in the right direction' | NCDHHS order allows residents of nursing homes indoor visits

10 a.m. -- Dr. Larry Givner with Brenner Children's Hospital will provide insight and discuss recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines on when children should receive the flu shot and the importance of it.

FREE DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING EVENTS HAPPENING TUESDAY

GUILFORD COUNTY

  • 5 to 7 p.m. at the health department on 1100 East Wendover Avenue in Greensboro
  • Heavy traffic expected; please make appointment in advance
  • Call 336-641-7527 to schedule an appointment

RANDOLPH COUNTY

  • 4 to 7 p.m. at the Grubb Family YMCA on 609 Trindale Road in Trinity
  • Star Med Healthcare will perform a nasal swab test
  • Patients will get results via text within three days
  • Optional rapid blood antibody testing will be offered for a fee of $50.00
  • For questions, call the Randolph County COVID-19 hotline at 336-318-6227

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

12 p.m. -- Rockingham County Schools is holding a press conference at noon to address three school closures due to COVID-19 cases. Western Rockingham Middle School, Holmes Middle School, and Reidsville Middle School are all closed for the next two weeks. Students will do virtual learning while the buildings are closed. 

  • Rodney Shotwell, RCS Superintendent, said one classroom has been closed in Rockingham Middle School because the COVID-19 exposure was limited to that space. Three other schools have been closed because of more potential exposures between classrooms and hallways. 
  • Shotwell said a staff member at Holmes Middle tested positive for the virus. 
  • Shotwell said he believes opening schools across the county last week was needed for the mental health of both students and teachers. 
  • Shotwell said it's a joint effort between the schools and parents to lower the spread of COVID-19. He said if parents believe their child was exposed to coronavirus, they should contact the school and have their child stay home. 

Noon – NCDHHS releases Monday’s latest coronavirus numbers

STATE

  • 208,248 CASES (868 NEW CASES)
  • 203,568 MOLECULAR CASES
  • 4,680 ANTIGEN CASES
  • 2,999,853 COMPLETED TESTS with 5.3% POSITIVE
  • 184,422 PRESUMED RECOVERIES as of MONDAY
  • 897 PEOPLE CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED

Visit NCDHHS’ website for more information on new statistics and data.

9 a.m. -- Guilford County Public Health Department is hosting several free COVID-19 testing events this week, starting Monday. 

  • Testing is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 1100 East Wendover Avenue in Greensboro
  • Testing is by appointment only. You must call 336-641-7527 ahead of time.

Two Triad schools close due to COVID-19 cases: 

Two Rockingham County middle schools will transition back to remote learning on Monday. District officials said Reidsville Middle School and Holmes Middle School are both closed until Oct. 11 due to COVID-19 cases. District officials haven't said if the cases are from students or teachers, but principals for both schools said those who were exposed have been notified. K-8 students in Rockingham County just went back to in-person learning last Monday. The closure only affects Reidsville Middle and Holmes Middle

The latest on COVID-19 in North Carolina: 

New COVID-19 cases in North Carolina dropped Sunday to more than 1,200 cases. This brings the statewide total to more than 207,000 confirmed cases. That number includes at least 176,000 presumed recoveries. North Carolina hospitalization numbers remain stable with at least 917 people in statewide hospitals as of Sunday. The percent positive is staying near the state's goal line of 5%. 5.1% of tests conducted Friday were positive.

Previous Blog: COVID-19 Blog: Reidsville Middle School temporarily closes due to coronavirus

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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

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