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Coronavirus coverage in North Carolina, March 29, 2020: Northampton County has 20 more COVID-19 cases at one facility

Posted March 28, 2020 6:53 a.m. EDT
Updated March 30, 2020 12:19 p.m. EDT

— Here are the latest updates on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina and across the globe:

What you need to know:

  • At least 1,023 people in North Carolina in 61 counties have tested positive for the coronavirus. Four North Carolina residents have died.
  • Gov. Roy Cooper issued a statewide stay-at-home order that takes effect at 5 p.m. March 30. Any local orders with tighter restrictions take precedence over the state order.
  • Businesses that remain open under the statewide order are encouraged to take the temperatures of all employees and customers before allowing them inside and to exercise "social distancing."
  • President Donald Trump has signed a $2.2 trillion relief package into law that will send payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and help small businesses.
  • All schools statewide are closed through May 15. Online learning and teaching is in place.
  • The State Department has warned all U.S. citizens not to travel internationally.
  • The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed one year, to summer 2021.
  • A toll-free Hope Line has been established for older adults experiencing isolation from social distancing. Call 1-866-578-4673 or 1-866-578-HOPE.

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Latest updates:

8:38 p.m.: Northampton County health officials say there are 20 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The county now has 25 overall, said Andy Smith, Northampton County health director.

"Currently all the cases are mild, with no symptoms present, and all are doing well," Smith said in an email Saturday night. "All residents of the facility are isolated and doing well within the facility."

Smith did not specify what kind of facility it was where the residents were located. He also said one other person who has the virus got it from traveling out of the state.

7:37 p.m.: Fort Bragg posted on its Facebook page that they now have 12 positive cases of COVID-19. Two new cases were diagnosed and reported to the Cumberland County Health Department on Saturday.

6:40 p.m.: Moore County health officials say they have two more positive cases of COVID-19. That brings the county's total to seven and the statewide total to 1,008.

5:47 p.m.: New Hanover County health officials say they are investigating four new positive cases of COVID-19 that appear to be travel related. That brings the county's total to 25 and the statewide total to 1,006.

5:25 p.m.: Durham County Board of Commissioners Chair Wendy Jacobs held a news conference on Saturday to announce a stay-at-home order for all Durham County residents. This order will go into effect beginning at 5 p.m. on Sunday and remain in effect until April 30.

"This order is largely an extension of the City of Durham's order that went into effect on Thursday, March 26th at 6 p.m.," Jacobs said in a press release. "This order makes just a few revisions to that order and extends it to the entire County, including Research Triangle Park (RTP), Treyburn Corporate Park and the unincorporated areas of Durham County."

3:00 p.m.: Carteret County confirms seventh case of COVID-19.

2:30 p.m.: Halifax County Health System reported the second case of COVID-19 in Halifax County.

2:00 p.m.: President Trump said he is considering a short-term quarantine of New York state and surrounding areas.

1:30 p.m.: Oak City Cares distributed 1,000 meals this weekend, an increase of 18% over last weekend. "We anticipate the needs to increase the longer this situation continues," said Kathryn Johnson, Executive Director for Oak City Cares.

1:00 p.m.: REX hospital's front entrance was decorated to honor medical workers risking their lives to help people during this time.

UNC REX Health Care

12:30 p.m.: The New York governor has delayed the state's presidential primary from April to June.

12:00 p.m.: North Carolina's updated count for confirmed coronavirus cases is 1,002.

11:00 a.m.: The NC Education Lottery has lowered their jackpot from $40 million to $20 million, and issued several other changes in jackpot winnings due to effects of coronavirus. As a result, some players with multidraw tickets could be issued refunds, while still being allowed to keep and play their ticket.

10:00 a.m.: An emergency public safety alert from Wake County was sent out by text message to some locals reading: 'STAY HOME. You have a critical role to play in stopping the spread of COVID19 in Wake County. Effective at 5 p.m. today, Wake County closed to all non-essential businesses through Friday, April 17. We are depending on you - be a good neighbor, STAY HOME. For the latest information, visit wakegov.com/covid19.'

Emergency Alert

9:00 a.m.: President Trump declared a major disaster exists in Massachusetts, ordering Federal assistance to supplement commonwealth, tribal and local recovery efforts impacted by the coronavirus.

8:00 a.m.: People can sign up for text alerts from the state's 211 information line by texting COVIDNC to 898-211.

7:00 a.m.: Wake County leaders said the doubling rate for coronavirus spread is currently 3.5 days. At this rate, they project 9,600 confirmed cases, 1,440 hospitalized and 432 requiring critical care in Wake County by April 17. However, if we can slow the virus by staying home and practicing social distancing, we could decrease these numbers by more than 176%.

Wake County coronavirus doubling rate

6:30 a.m.: WRAL has an updated list of grocery stores offering special hours to people with a higher risk for coronavirus complications.

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