Coronavirus coverage in North Carolina, April 29, 2020: Durham hits 20 deaths
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:
- There are at least 10,330 people in 98 North Carolina counties who have tested positive for the coronavirus. There are at least 1,545 confirmed cases statewide of people recovering from the virus, although many counties aren't reporting those numbers.
- Why WRAL shows more cases than others
- At least 379 people have died in North Carolina, and about 550 people are hospitalized, although many hospitals don't report their cases.
- A statewide stay-at-home order runs at least through May 8, but Gov. Roy Cooper has laid out a three-phase plan for reopening businesses and social activities if data shows the virus is waning.
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All three were older than 65 and had previous health problems, officials said.
Wake and Orange counties also reported virus-related deaths on Wednesday.
North Carolina stores remain closed for now, but Belk is offering curbside pick-up for online orders daily from noon to 5 p.m.
The treatment diminished the time to recovery from COVID-19. Animal testing at UNC's Gillings School of Public Health set the stage for clinical trials to begin this spring as the virus spread across the globe.
"This is a game changer for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 and provides hope to many infected," Ralph Baric, an epidemiologist who led lab testing of the antiviral drug.
"Our chancellors will have flexibility to determine what local steps they need to take to protect all students, staff and faculty, especially high-risk populations, both on campus and off. They will have the ability to put unique precautions in place," Roper said in a statement.
Some schools might use staggered or shortened academic calendars, while others may try to reduce student density in campus housing and classrooms, Roper said.
"Our plans will ensure that students and parents have the tools they need to stay fully engaged with their home institution, safely and with confidence," he said. "I anticipate that operations at each institution will not be the 'normal' we were all used to prior to COVID-19. But, working together, we will all eventually see our 17 campuses once again operating at full capacity, serving as North Carolina’s most vital hubs for teaching, research, and service."
Students at all UNC campuses have been taking online classes since late March..
A spokesman for Gov. Roy Cooper said the statewide order remains in effect and urged people to abide by it.
All employees will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms before their shifts and will be required to wear masks. The parks must provide hand sanitizer at the entrance and exit to each ride and at ticketing areas and turnstiles. Parks also are encouraged to mark off 6-foot areas in lines for rides so visitors can exercise social distancing.
Patients who have recovered from COVID-19 are encouraged to donate convalescent plasma through OneBlood. The plasma, also called serum, is then processed and tested for antibodies that help fight against the virus.
The Mayo Clinic program includes protocols and regulatory assistance, but it does not supply the plasma. Sites are encouraged to establish local channels and work with blood banks to identify and recruit donors. To be eligible for donation, individuals must have recovered from coronavirus, become completely free of symptoms for 14 days, and test negative for the virus.
"We’re really excited about this treatment and think it could really help people," Dr. Gretchen Shaughnessy Arnoczy, an infectious diseases physician with FirstHealth, said in a statement. "Having recovered patients participate in serum donation is a great aid."
The Salamanders' home schedule has been reduced to 21 games because of the shorter season, and stadium seating capacity will be reduced for social distancing.
The 2020 Coastal Plain League All-Star Game, which had been scheduled for Ting Stadium in Holly Springs, has been canceled.
"We needed to put some things in place to protect the residents here in North Carolina," Ellis said. "Our goal was always, at some point, that once the governor moved forward, to really look at how we could align with the governor and his recommendations."
People should use a two-step process to clean and disinfect surfaces, the groups say. First, use soap and warm water to remove germs, dirt and impurities from surfaces. Then, use disinfectant products to kill germs on surfaces.
"By killing germs on a surface after cleaning, it can further lower the risk of spreading infection," a statement read.
The cleaning guidelines apply to all public spaces, workplaces, businesses, schools and homes.
"Although individual dentists may use their professional judgment as to what procedures to perform and when to perform them, failure to follow heightened infection control, sterilization, and patient safety recommendations may be viewed as a failure to meet the standard of care necessary for offering treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic," the board said in a statement. "Infection control protocols considered adequate prior to the pandemic in many instances may no longer be sufficient for [dental health care personnel] during the state of emergency."
"They had been holding hands, and that was just heartbreaking to hear but also heartwarming to hear," said Natalie Lameka, their granddaughter. "We were just so thankful they were together and were aware that they were together."
"Because of the shutdown of preseason preparations, we know we won’t be ready to start our season as normally planned," a spokesperson said. "While it’s too soon to confidently provide an opening date, please know we remain committed to opening Wet 'n Wild Emerald Pointe this summer for you to enjoy as soon as safely possible."
League officials are considering a possible plan to split the league into three total divisions for the 2020 season. It's a 10-team plan in which teams play only within their division. The traditional American and National leagues would not exist, and the realigned divisions are based on geography so players can play at their home ballparks without fans.
Smith released a statement which read, “The police manhandled me, resulting in a wrist injury, refused me water and I’m a breast-feeding mother. They also took away my eyeglasses, limiting my ability to see ... not one Capitol Police Officer practiced social distancing during my entire ordeal. So much for following the law.”
State Capitol Police explained the arrests in a press release.
"Officers asked members of the crowd of demonstrators to step away from the fence and sidewalk [outside the governor's mansion] in order to provide a safe social distance for the officers’ safety and the public and to protect the property from further damage. Three persons who refused to comply were charged with resisting, delaying, or obstructing an officer and violating an executive order."
That statement refers to Smith and the two other women. Warren was arrested and charged with damage to property after damaging the "northeast gate of the Executive Mansion by pulling on it so violently that it was broken," police said.
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