Coronavirus coverage in North Carolina, April 7, 2020: NC records deadliest day yet during pandemic
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 3,280 people in 91 North Carolina counties have tested positive for the coronavirus. There are at least 150 confirmed cases statewide of people recovering from the virus, although many counties aren't reporting those numbers.
- At least 55 people have died in North Carolina, and about 350 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.
Inmates do not need to apply to be considered for home confinement. Officials said case management staff are urgently reviewing all inmates to determine which ones meet the criteria established by the attorney general. The department has also increased resources to review and make appropriate determinations as soon as possible.
Officials said they do not have an estimate of the number of inmates from Butner who might be eligible.
"I see glimmers of hope," Pence said.
The project, led by assistant professor of biomedical engineering Jessilyn Dunn and Ryan Shaw, associate professor of nursing and director of the Health Innovation Lab, will assess whether information about smartwatch wearers’ health, such as sleep schedules, oxygen levels, activity levels and heart rate, can detect early symptoms of COVID-19. In previous work, Dunn and her team had shown that biometric data collected from wearable devices could indicate if a person was susceptible to various health issues, such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease, or if they had an infection.
The study, dubbed CovIdentify, is recruiting participants at covidentify.org
Fifty-five deaths statewide have been linked to the virus.
The DMV earlier closed dozens of offices and moved to appointments for people to obtain or renew licenses.
"They really called, I would say, every aspect of it wrong," Trump said, noting the WHO opposed his decision to halt flights from China to the U.S. before the coronavirus took hold in this country.
"[H]azard pay for our state employees should cover, at a minimum, workers within the walls of our state prisons, workers at state mental health and drug treatment facilities, parole and probation officers, the State Highway Patrol and workers in the unemployment section of the Employment Security Commission," SEANC Executive Director Ardis Watkins said in a letter to Cooper, House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger.
"We continue to hear reports from our members that departments and supervisors are prohibiting state workers from working from home, continuing to require non-essential state workers who could work from home to come into workplaces where social distancing is impossible. This creates an unacceptable risk of COVID-19 transmission within the state government workforce," Watkins wrote.
Eleven nursing homes or assisted living facilities statewide have reported virus cases.
A South Carolina man, a Virginia couple, a Maryland couple and a Virginia man, all of whom own property in Dare County either as second homes or as rental properties, filed a federal lawsuit against the county on Tuesday, alleging the county is violating their civil rights. They want a judge to void the county's emergency order.
The residents tested positive over the weekend.
"Both of the residents are doing well. They are without fever, and neither has experienced respiratory distress. Each of these residents continues to be treated in-place and are isolated in private rooms on a designated hall of the facility," officials said ina statement.
The staffer, who last worked on March 29 and tested positive on April 2, is recuperating at home. All other staff have been wearing masks, gowns, gloves and goggles when caring for residents, and they remain symptom free and are screened before their shifts begin.
"The ironic thing in all of this is that our parks and greenways have become our refuge during this crisis," Mayor MaryAnn Baldwin said during the video-conference meeting. "I think people will recognize that and appreciate it."
Baldwin said city leaders will look to put the Dix Park bond before local voters in 2021.
The number of hospitalizations linked to the virus have jumped by 31 percent since Monday, to 354 from 270, according to state figures.
"We are proud to do our small part to help in the fight against COVID-19,” Enric Prat Codina, Coty’s Sanford plant manager, said in a statement.
The store remains open and has been extensively cleaned per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the spokeswoman said. All employees who worked closely with the infected employee over a period of time have been put on a paid leave.
"We need to make that kind of thing more uniform," Cooper said, adding that details of what might be demanded of retailers under a statewide executive order are still in flux. "We think this is an important signal to send as well."
Hundreds of inmates nationwide are receiving early releases in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 within jails. Should that be needed in North Carolina, Marsy’s Law for North Carolina is asking for sheriffs to continue prioritizing their constitutional duty to notify crime victims. North Carolina voters approved Marsy's Law, a crime victims bill of rights, as an amendment to the state constitution in 2018.
"The safety of crime victims is paramount, especially in a time of such crisis," Frances Battle, executive director of the North Carolina Victims Assistance Network, said in a statement. "We applaud our law enforcement for all they do to protect our communities and understand the difficult decisions that must be made to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To help ensure the protection of crime victims, we implore sheriffs to prioritize the interest of victims before deciding to release inmates."
Cooper said he plans to sign an executive order later this week to make more COVID-19 treatment beds available as quickly as possible and to mandate customer limits inside retailers. The Federal Emergency Management Agency also has given the state approval to seek housing options, such as hotels, for homeless people needing to be quarantined so they aren't in shelters with others, he said.
According to an email that Federal Emergency Management Agency officials sent to staff members late Monday night, all personnel in the Supply Chain Resilience task force, which works to find and allocate personal protective equipment and other materials needed to combat the spread of coronavirus, must telework until further notice.
A FEMA spokesperson told NBC News that the agency has determined that "at no time" did the person who tested positive "or any other known to have contact with them, come within six feet of any other Task Force principal for a prolonged period of time."
A Cinemark spokeswoman said, however, that the closures are merely temporary, not permanent as the state notices indicate. The company listed them as permanent to help former workers claim unemployment, she said.
"Child care is an essential service as we respond to the COVID-19 crisis,” DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said in a statement. "Our health care professionals caring for those who are sick, grocery workers who are restocking shelves and truck drivers delivering packages to our doors all need child care so that they can go to work – and we want to be sure child care teachers and programs have support in providing safe, quality care."
DHHS has established an Emergency Child Care Subsidy Program for essential workers. Essential worker emergency child care financial assistance will be offered through May and may be extended.
The request to Congress could come as soon as Tuesday and would be to backstop the $349 billion loan program for small businesses that has been overwhelmed with applications. The program launched last Friday with the goal of helping small businesses avoid layoffs during the pandemic.
In Milwaukee, African-Americans are 26 percent of the population but account for 81 percent of deaths. Health experts say it's too early to tell the exact reason for this disparity, but lack of access to medical care is likely one reason.
She credited a deep breathing technique and lying on her stomach, not her back, for much of her recovery.
"That really does make a difference, especially when they go into unknown situations," Andrews said.
The temperatures of all Morrisville police officers are taken daily when they arrive at work. Andrews said officers have had to start paying attention to the medical symptoms of people or suspects they encounter. If they observe coughing, they are encouraged to keep 6 feet away (when possible) and to use personal protective gear.
“After searching our inventory of personal protective equipment, we identified excess supplies and sent them to those on the frontlines of this fight," Wheeler said.
Among the items are protective disposable gloves and full-body protective suits.
Organizers say in North Carolina alone, 20 planned shaving events have been canceled, which equals an estimated $400,000 in lost donations that would have provided the funding for cancer research grants.
Unacast says restaurants are "non-essential," so North Carolina's score is penalized when people travel to restaurants. The governor's stay-at-home order allows people to order take-out from restaurants.
A private service will held for Judy Harward at Maplewood Cemetery. Harward was a lifetime resident of Durham and passed away on Friday. She was 76.
Someone parroted her words. Then Britney Spears music came on, and someone told her to shut up. The harassment lasted 10 minutes — the result of an increasingly common form of cyber attack known as “Zoom bombing.” Now lawmakers are saying Zoom should do more to protect its users.
If approved, the move would also provide additional resources for the county’s emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Gov. Roy Cooper’s stay-at-home-order is set to expire April 30. The study shows, if that happens, hospitals will likely run out of space and supplies.
France recorded its highest virus daily death toll on Monday, with more than 800 deaths in 24 hours. Worldwide, more than 1.3 million have been infected with coronavirus, and 74,000 people have died.
David Clark said that at a time when the government was asking New Zealanders to make historic sacrifices by staying at home, he had let them down. “I’ve been an idiot, and I understand why people will be angry with me,” he said in a statement.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was stripping Clark of his role as Associate Finance Minister and demoting him to the bottom of the Cabinet rankings.
Cumberland County reported eight new cases Monday, with the youngest patient a 1-year-old. There are cases in at least 91 counties of the state's 100 counties.
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