Coronavirus coverage in North Carolina, April 6, 2020: Cumberland infant tests positive
Here are the latest updates on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina and across the globe.Posted — Updated
What you need to know:
- At least 2,947 people in 91 North Carolina counties have tested positive for the coronavirus. There are at least 132 confirmed cases statewide of people recovering from the virus, although many counties aren't reporting those numbers.
- At least 44 people have died in North Carolina, and about 270 people are hospitalized. Maps, data on the outbreak.
- A statewide stay-at-home order is in effect through April 30. Any local orders with tighter restrictions take precedence over the state order.
Through the end of last week, estimated costs associated with the response totaled $3.8 million.
"Our lives – and our community – have been turned upside down with the new reality of social distancing and staying at home,” Board of Commissioners Chairman Greg Ford said in a statement. "It’s obvious that our COVID-19 response is a marathon, not a sprint, and Wake County is ready to continue serving our residents as we navigate this uncertain time."
The new funds will help purchase protective gear for first responders, help pay for emergency operations center staffing and extra public health, EMS and fire response efforts.
"Every state has to look at its own data and make decisions," Cohen said, noting that all data North Carolina officials have reviewed shows that early, decisive action is best to limit the spread of the coronavirus. "Acting now, acting early helps us get ahead, and it buys us time to do the important work that [emergency management officials] are doing in terms of getting the resources we need."
"We still need all types of personal protective equipment," Sprayberry said.
"Our production goal is to create at least 500 protective masks for the Fayetteville Police Department. We will continue to manufacture them until our materials are depleted," Brian Thompson, a science teacher at Terry Sanford High, said in a statement.
"We’re completely out of spray cleaner, and our stock of masks and gloves is so limited that we can’t fulfill all the requests coming in from our partner agencies," Darrell Alford, Wake County Emergency Operations Center manager, said in a statement. "Donations from the public will go a long way to helping increase our supply and keep our employees healthy and safe."
The county is accepting the following items: hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray and wipes, N95 face masks (no cloth or homemade masks), exam gloves and antibacterial soap. Only unused or unopened items can be accepted.
Anyone interested in donating can call 919-856-6946 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time to pick up or drop off the supplies.
When given 12 or 24 hours after infection has begun, EIDD-2801 can reduce the degree of lung damage and weight loss in mice, according to a study published Monday. That window of opportunity is expected to be longer in humans because the period between coronavirus disease onset and death is generally extended in humans compared to mice.
"This new drug not only has high potential for treating COVID-19 patients but also appears effective for the treatment of other serious coronavirus infections,” said William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology Ralph Baric, the senior author on the study.
Compared with other potential COVID-19 treatments that must be administered intravenously, EIDD-2801 can be delivered by mouth as a pill. In addition to ease of treatment, it offers a potential advantage for treating less-ill patients or for prophylaxis – for example, in a nursing home where many people have been exposed but are not yet sick.
At $1.76 a gallon for regular unleaded, North Carolina’s average price is 8 cents cheaper than a week ago, 47 cents cheaper than early March and 85 cents cheaper from this time last year.
Over the past week, seven inmates in state prisons have tested positive for coronavirus at three different prisons: one at Johnston Correctional in Smithfield, two at Caledonia Correctional in Halifax County and four at Neuse Correctional in Goldsboro. Over the weekend, face masks were distributed to all staff and offenders at those prisons.
"We must deny this virus the opportunity to spread," Todd Ishee, commissioner of prisons, said in a statement. "It has gotten into three of our prisons, and we must contain it there to the greatest degree possible. This is imperative for the health and safety of our staff and the men and women who are in our care."
Offenders will continue to be transferred over the next two weeks for the following reasons: to comply with court orders, for medical or mental health reasons, for security purposes to address critical incidents within prisons, or to release offenders who have completed their prison sentences.
Prison officials are already shifting inmates scheduled for release over the next two weeks to areas close to their homes, where they will be released in accordance with their individual release plans. No offender will remain incarcerated past a scheduled release date. New inmates in the prison system who have remained free of COVID-19 symptoms are being transferred to their assigned prisons over the next two days.
New inmates already have gone through a 14-day quarantine following an initial medical screening for potential COVID-19 symptoms.
Staff medical screenings have been enacted at every prison, including temperature checks, in an additional effort to reduce the chances the virus gets into a prison.
Inmates working for Correction Enterprises are producing face shields, hospital-style gowns and washable face masks. All staff and every inmate will get a face mask once enough are manufactured. In addition, Correction Enterprises is producing large quantities of sanitizer and hand lotion to be used in all the prisons.
The company also is offering Allstate Identity Protection free for the rest of the year to all U.S. residents to battle COVID-19-related phishing scams.
The Piedmont route, between Charlotte and Raleigh, is operating on a reduced schedule.
Golf organizations were expected to announced later Monday the PGA Championship moving to August, the U.S. Open going to September and the Masters to be played in November, two weeks before Thanksgiving.
Lawson referenced the national shortage of personal protective equipment, or PPE, saying UNC currently has an adequate supply but is having to replenish supplies much faster than in previous years.
Lawson said health care workers treating coronavirus patients may go through one set of PPE – which includes gowns, gloves and masks – each hour.
Health care centers want to take care of their workers so they can continue responding to the health crisis. "We are not asking anyone to cut corners," Lawson said. "We want everyone to have what they need."
Lawson said that the national shortage of PPE can largely be contributed to overuse in China, where most PPE is manufactured. Because China was hit by the virus first, much of the PPE was burned up there before it got to other countries, he said.
Lawson said he sent his young son to live with his parents in rural Arkansas before the stay-at-home order was issued.
He said he is thankful he is living alone during the pandemic and doesn't have to worry about spreading illness to other household members. Whether they live alone or not, health care workers are being asked to leave their uniforms in their garages and shower immediately when they return home from work. They should wipe down phones, keys and other items they carry throughout the day.
After graduating from college, Starr served for two years in the United States Army. He moved to North Carolina, where he joined Thomasville Furniture Industries and became president and CEO eight years later. In 2001, Starr came out of retirement to become the president and CEO of Natuzzi Americas, which was based in High Point.
Sessions said she hopes the governor will reconsider his decision.
Most towns along the North Carolina coast are closing beach access points, even parking lots to help keep people away from each other. Even residents are being told to avoid the beach.
Another pastor from the church, which is located at 6910 Fayetteville Road, held a Facebook Live to pray for Pastor Grant and Pastor Craig. Both pastors' wives posted that their husbands are still showing symptoms. One is hospitalized.
“The automated systems we set up to prevent the sale of medical masks needed by health workers have inadvertently blocked some efforts to donate supplies,” Facebook said in a statement. “We apologize for this error and are working to update our systems to avoid mistakes like this going forward. We don’t want to put obstacles in the way of people doing a good thing.”
She delivered speeches after the Queen Mother’s death in 2002, before the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997, and at the time of the first Gulf War in 1991.
The ship is now out at sea for routine marine operations. It will return to San Francisco early next week. It was docked for nearly three weeks after 21 people aboard tested positive for coronavirus.
Each day this week has a different theme -- dress up like a superhero day, crazy hair day, build a fort day and more. Families are encouraged to share photos on social media using the hashtag #StayStrongWFSpiritWeek
"People immediately knew what this was and it was social distancing," said Dan Kuhnle. "I didn't have to say much."
Last month, commissioners granted $2 million in funding for COVID-19 response.
South Korea on Monday reported 47 new cases of the coronavirus, the smallest daily jump since Feb. 20.
According to the Department of Commerce, more than 355,000 people said their claim was connected to COVID-19.
Instead of volunteers getting out of their cars to pick-up meals, the food will be loaded into a volunteer's car in a drive-thru setting. Starting Monday, those in the program will receive a week's worth of frozen meals instead of a hot meal every day.
The organization says this is all an effort to protect volunteers and the seniors who rely on their service.
People qualify for financial assistance if they live in a hotel, lost income due to COVID-19 and have children who are younger than school age or who are enrolled in WCPSS or a local charter school.
There are now more than 2,600 cases of coronavirus in North Carolina. The number of deaths has quadrupled in a week to 48.
Between April 9 and May 6, American will operate a total of 13 daily flights from New York’s JFK and LaGuardia airports and New Jersey’s Newark, it said, down from an average of 271 daily flights across all three airports in April 2019.
According to RDU, the TSA has seen a 94% decrease in passengers. Before the pandemic, RDU had service to 57 non-stop destinations. Now it is down to 36.
There are now at least 337,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the U.S. and 9,614 deaths. The U.S. has now tested and given results to 1.67 milion people.
A week's worth of student lunches will be handed out at 13 schools on Monday before the system shuts down.
Families looking for meal assistance can contact No Kid Hungry, which is providing food options for people in Durham. Text FOODNC to 877-877 for information.