The Halifax County Health Department has reported 34 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death. To date, the county has recorded 1,556 cases of COVID-19 and 31 deaths related to COVID-19.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,908 new cases of COVID-19, the highest increase in one day since the start of the pandemic. This increase breaks the record last week by 23 cases.
The increase in cases coincides with another spike in completed tests, with 40,736 additional tests reported on Thursday. However, the percentage of positive tests increased to 6.9%. Thursday, during a press conference, NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said the percentage of positive tests had stabilized, but was much higher than it was in September, and well above the benchmark of 5% or below.
Currently, 1,161 people are hospitalized with COVID-19 statewide, another measure that Cohen said has stabilized at a high level. In the past 24 hours, 309 patients suspected of having COVID-19 have been admitted to hospitals throughout North Carolina.
Friday morning stories
The COVID-19 virus has changed the lives of many employees in the public and private sectors, with many having worked at home in recent months. A recent report from health officials showed that this may remain the best practice as cases increase in many states.
a New report From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals that those who continue to work in the office or learn in a school environment are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19. The study showed that working adults who tested positive for COVID-19 were twice as likely to report going regularly to the actual workplace compared to those whose test results were negative.
“Companies and employers should enhance alternative workplace options, such as working remotely, where possible, to reduce exposure to SARS-CoV-2,” a summary said. “When remote work options are not feasible, worker safety measures must continue to be expanded to reduce potential work site exposure.”
Middle school-age students will be allowed to return to the classroom on Mondays within the Wake County Public Schools system. Students will return to school on 3-week courses.
The virus is not just spreading to the United States. Europe also reported an increase in cases, and the daily number of new infections with the Coronavirus in Russia exceeded 20,000 on Friday, setting a new record since the start of the epidemic.
The Halifax County Health Department has reported 21 new cases for a total of 1,522 COVID-19 cases.
30 deaths – 1.9% of cases – occurred at the county level.
While expressing optimism that after the election, prevention of COVID-19 will become less politicized, Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said that measures of COVID-19 in North Carolina are still heading in the wrong direction, and they both are concerned about the current state of the virus in the event. Tar Heel.
“It is worrying that we are still seeing high COVID cases,” Cohen said, before reviewing the state’s four main metrics: emergency room visits that resemble COVID syndrome, the course of positive cases, the percentage of positive tests, and the hospitalization rate.
While the visits to ER syndromic are only slightly decreasing, they are still elevated from earlier in the epidemic. Additionally, the trajectory of positive cases is higher than ever before and continues to increase.
“There are concerns it will get colder and people gather indoors,” Cohen said.
While the percentage of positive tests and hospitalizations has stabilized since mid-October, both increased in the first part of the month and remain high.
Cohen also said hospitals tend to become overwhelmed because of their capacity even in years without COVID-19 during the winter months due to influenza and other viruses that circulate at that time.
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While she said her management will release more comprehensive guidelines next week, Cohen scrambled with five guidelines for people hoping to host small gatherings of family and friends for Thanksgiving or any other holidays.
“I know people want and need to be together during the holidays,” Cohen said. “If you decide to host or attend a vacation meeting, there are ways to do so as safely as possible.”
- Do not host or attend any gathering if you feel sick, have been diagnosed with COVID-19, or think you have been exposed to the virus.
- Make the gatherings as small and outdoor as possible. Do not exceed the indoor pool limit of 25 people.
- Set up separate tables for people who live in the same house to sit together, with space as possible between tables.
- Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces such as desks, doorknobs, and serving utensils
- Follow 3s: Wear a mask whenever possible, wash your hands often, and keep as much distance as possible between yourself and others.
Additionally, while tests for COVID-19 in North Carolina are typically reserved for people with symptoms, frontline workers, or those who think they may have been exposed to the virus, Cohen has recommended anyone planning to travel or attend a holiday celebration get tested from Before leaving. However, she reminded North Carolina residents that a negative test does not give permission for reckless behavior – one should still wear a mask and practice social distancing while around anyone who is not in their immediate home.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has reported 2,859 new cases of COVID-19, the second highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic and the third consecutive day in which more than 2,000 new cases have been reported. In fact, in nine of the past 10 days, the state has reported more than 2,000 cases, including four days over 2,800 and a record-breaking one-day increase of 2,885.
The sharp rise in the number of cases was offset by a sharp increase in completed tests – 41,049 were recorded on Wednesday. Likewise, the percentage of positive tests decreased from above 7% to 6.6% as of Tuesday.
An additional 41 people have died of COVID-19 in the state, a number that has been trending upwards in recent days, although it is not a major metric for state health officials because deaths are a lagging indicator.
Currently, 1,193 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 97% of hospitals reported. In the past 24 hours, 319 suspected coronavirus patients have been admitted to hospitals statewide.
Thursday morning stories
While most Americans turn their attention to the final stages of identifying the next president, the COVID-19 pandemic remains a major obstacle in the United States, where another record number of confirmed coronavirus cases was recorded daily as several states recorded their highest levels ever on Wednesday.
North Carolina reported 2,425 new cases Wednesday, and 50 deaths. The percentage of positive tests lies at 7.4% (the state target is less than 5%).
Governor Roy Cooper and the state coronavirus task force will speak on Thursday at 2 pm. You can see the update on ABC11 and abc11.com.
The United States recorded a record number of daily infections, with cases increasing 45% in two weeks, according to the Associated Press.
Meanwhile, Germany recorded nearly 20 thousand cases of the new coronavirus in one day, the highest level so far.
The National Center for Disease Control, Robert Koch Institute, said on Thursday that 19,990 infections had been confirmed in the past 24 hours. This is higher than the previous record of 19,059 set on Saturday.
Wake County Public Health confirmed the COVID-19 outbreak at The Laurels of Forest Glen – Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 1101 Hartwell St. In Garner.
This is the second outbreak confirmed on this site. No additional information about residents or employees will be disclosed within the facility.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services defines an outbreak as two or more people – residents or employees – who have tested positive for the virus.
Under NCDHHS sec. Mandy Cohen’s Order # 3, Some facilities experiencing new outbreaks must backtrack to previous restrictions and not allow visitors for 28 days. This includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult care homes, behavioral health and intellectual / developmental disability services, intermediate care facilities and residential psychotherapy facilities.
The Sampson County Health Department has reported 15 new cases, bringing the total of positive cases so far to 2,956.
There were 31 deaths at the county level.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,425 new cases of COVID-19 and 50 more deaths, a sharp increase on both measures as leading indicators for North Carolina continue to trend in the wrong direction.
The spike in new cases was accompanied by 4,025 additional tests completed, the lowest increase in six days. Meanwhile, the percentage of positive tests rose to 7.4% after several days by around 6%.
Currently, 1,186 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, an increase of 11 patients from Tuesday.
The Halifax County Health Department has reported 15 new cases for a total of 1,522 positive cases of COVID 19.
There were 29 deaths countywide – or 1.9% of the cases.
A central prison violator with pre-existing medical conditions, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died in the prison hospital.
“His death is tragic, and we are working hard to mitigate the impact of the virus in our prisons,” said Todd Ishii, Commissioner of Prisons. “The health and safety of employees and the criminal population is our top priority.”
The perpetrator, a man in his early 80s, tested positive for COVID-19 on October 14 and was in the prison hospital when his condition worsened, and died on November 3.
Residents near downtown or southeast of Raleigh will soon have an easy way to test for COVID-19. Wake County is collaborating with Raleigh Gethsemane Seventh-Day Adventist Church and Davie Street Presbyterian Church to provide a free driving test this weekend.
“We want to make testing readily available in communities where access may be limited – like southeast Raleigh or near downtown,” said Dr. Kim MacDonald, Wake County Medical Director. “Partnering with these churches will allow people who need testing for COVID-19 to get adequate and safe testing.”
The new test drive locations will run on Saturday and Sunday. Appointments can be made online at half hour intervals from 9am to 5pm. The service is free, but people must sign up for wakegov.com/testing To secure their place.
Raleigh Gethsemane is located at 2525 Sanderford Road in southeast Raleigh. Davie Street Presbyterian Street is located at 300 E. Davie St. Close to downtown Raleigh.
In addition to the test, the Gethsemane Rally will distribute 100 emergency food boxes (50 on Saturday and 50 on Sunday). It will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to those who take the test.
Wednesday morning headlines
As COVID-19 measures continue to go wrong in North Carolina, Wake County is expanding access to free COVID-19 testing sites.
In a press release, the county announced the opening of two new test sites in the city center and southeast of Raleigh this weekend: one at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Gethsemane Rally and the other at Devi Street Presbyterian Church.
Test sites will run this weekend from 9 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. Those who wish to take the test must pre-register for an appointment Online here.
Officials at Raleigh Gethsemane will also distribute 50 emergency funds each day on a first-come, first-served basis for people who receive COVID-19 testing.
“We want to make tests readily available in communities where access may be limited – such as southeast of Raleigh or near downtown,” said Dr. Kim MacDonald, Wake County Medical Director, in a written statement. “Partnering with these churches will allow people who need testing for COVID-19 to get adequate and safe testing.”
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