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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2020

1 p.m. - Salvation Army announces it will not hold in-person interviews for Christmas assistance this year

According to the Salvation Army, there will be no in-person interviews for Christmas assistance for the 2020 holiday season.  

For those who've registered for assistance with the Salvation Army in 2019, no documentation will be needed unless you have moved or have an extra child to register. 

More information: Salvation Army deadline for Christmas public assistance is Oct. 28

Noon - NCDHHS releases Sunday's latest coronavirus data

  • 260,099 TOTAL CASES STATEWIDE
  • 3,834,686 COMPLETED TESTS
  • 1,148 CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2020

Noon - NCDHHS releases Saturday's latest coronavirus numbers

  • 258,292 MOLECULAR POSITIVE CASES
  • 9,672 ANTIGEN POSITIVE CASES
  • 3,799,405 COMPLETED TESTS
  • 1,182 CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2020

10:34 p.m. A Guilford County Sheriff Bailiff has died from COVID-19.

Sheriff Danny Rogers said the deputy worked a full day shift as a Bailiff at the Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro on Monday, Oct. 19. He said the Bailiff spent time in Courtrooms 1C, 1D, 2B, and 2C while on duty.

The next day on Tuesday, the deputy reported to work at the courthouse but left early after feeling ill. Later that day the deputy went to a hospital for treatment but passed away Wednesday morning due to medical-related issues

RELATED: Guilford Co. Sheriff Bailiff dies from medical complications after testing positive for COVID-19

7:00 p.m. Coronavirus cluster at Elon University linked to social gatherings, according to a letter posted on the university's website. There are 12 positive cases identified as of Monday. The university is now moving into level 2 alert.  

4:09 p.m. - Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro to close for rest of week after COVID-19 exposure.

The Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro will be closed to the public for the remainder of the week after a confirmed case of COVID-19.

A county employee with the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office tested positive for COVID-19.

The Guilford County Courthouse will be closed from Wednesday, Oct. 21 – Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 5:00 p.m. The courthouse will reopen to the public on Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 8:00 a.m.

RELATED: Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro to close for rest of week after COVID-19 exposure

2:00 p.m. - North Carolina will remain in Phase 3. Gov. Roy Cooper and the NCDHHS coronavirus task force announce North Carolina will remain "pause" in Phase 3 for three more weeks after COVID-19 metrics jump in the wrong direction.

Dr. Mandy Cohen said the threat of overwhelming state hospitals influenced the decision. Since North Carolina entered Phase 3, COVID-19 trends pointed towards increasing spread. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services looks at various metrics and trends to make the phased reopening decisions.

Cohen warned of increased spreading as colder months force people's activities indoors. 

11:30 a.m. - Elon and Wake Forest Universities dealing with multiple clusters

Triad universities are struggling with the coronavirus pandemic. According to a release, there have been 54 new cases in the past seven days. 187 students across the campus are currently in quarantine or isolation. The largest cluster was associated with a social gathering. 

Wake Forest University is also dealing with growing cases. The campus has seen 52 new cases in the last 14 days. That brings the total since August 17 to 187 cases for the university. 

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2020

4:43 p.m. - White Oak Manor suffers second coronavirus outbreak

White Oak Manor is dealing with a second coronavirus outbreak. It's first one was the deadliest on record, killing people. This outbreak has two cases and no deaths so far. 

11:30 a.m. - High Point Free Food Giveaway. From 8 a.m. until all food is gone on Friday, Oct. 23, Greater First United Baptist Church in High Point is giving away food to those in need. The food is available to anyone, no ID required.

Boxes containing fresh milk, fruits and vegetables, meats and other dairy products are provided at the drive-thru.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2020

9:30 p.m. - UNCG reported its women's basketball team was dealing with coronavirus cases last week. 

At least 10 people were exposed and the school tested the entire team. Much like the men’s team practices and activities were suspended. Athletic facilities were also deep-cleaned.

6:30 p.m. - A Randolph County high school is dealing with its second round of coronavirus exposure. 

The principal at Southwestern Randolph High sent an email to parents.
The district said at least one person was exposed to the virus sometime in the last four days. It makes Southwestern High’s second confirmed COVID-19 exposure the first was back in August.

North Carolina Statewide Update:

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%

New information from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:

“On Oct. 16, 2020, the NCDHHS added new county-level case data to the NC COVID-19 Summary Dashboard. Dashboard additions include: 1) a new feature that allows users to view county-level case data by various date ranges (Total cases and cases from Prior Day, Last 7 Days, and Last 14 Days) and 2) a newly available metric that displays Cases per 100,000 Residents to align with federal reporting metrics.”

11:45 a.m. - Central Library will be closed Monday, October 19 for cleaning. A staff member working in the building tested positive for COVID-19. The building will undergo a deep cleaning and be thoroughly sanitized as a precautionary measure.

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 

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