NC coronavirus update February 7: North Carolina reports 4,674 new COVID-19 cases as hospitalizations drop again to 2,378


RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) — Listed here are the most recent updates about COVID-19, the illness attributable to the novel coronavirus, in North Carolina.

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SUNDAY
11:30 a.m.
North Carolina is reporting 4,674 new COVID-19 instances, bringing the overall to 796,195.

All through the state, 57 extra individuals have died from the virus, bringing the overall to 9,983.

With 95 p.c of hospitals reporting, 2,378 are being hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s down 90.

The state is reporting a 7.4% constructive check fee. That’s down barely from Saturday’s 7.8%.

7:15 a.m.
In accordance with information from Johns Hopkins College, there have been 26,918,887 COVID-19 cases throughout the United States since March.

SATURDAY

11:05 a.m.
North Carolina is reporting 4,172 new COVID-19 instances, bringing the overall to 791,521.

With 95 p.c of hospitals reporting, 2,468 sufferers stay hospitalized with COVID-19. That’s 55 much less from Friday.

A complete of 9,926 North Carolinians have died from the virus. That’s 85 extra since Friday.

The state’s p.c constructive check fee is 7.8%, down from Friday’s 7.9%.

9:15 a.m.
As of Feb. 6, Mako Medical Laboratories mentioned there are presently 5 identified instances of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant all through North Carolina.

The B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant was first recognized in the UK and makes up the vast majority of reported variant instances.

Mako has additionally recognized one case of a variant known as Denmark “cluster 5” in North Carolina.

In accordance with the CDC as of Feb. 4, 611 B 1.1.7 instances have been recognized throughout thirty-eight states.

“As we proceed our sequencing of indicated samples, we’ve discovered a continued rise in variant occurrences,” mentioned Steve Hoover, Vice President of Laboratory Operations at MAKO Medical. “Over the previous week, indicated samples at the moment are returning constructive variant instances at a fifty-percent fee, up from a twenty-five p.c fee final week. The data we’re accumulating is shared straight with state well being officers to help in understanding the presence of the variants in communities throughout the nation.”

7:30 a.m.
In accordance with information from Johns Hopkins College, there have been 26,814,845 COVID-19 instances since March.

FRIDAY

5:01 p.m.
PNC Area can be a mass vaccination website beginning Feb. 11. The 8,000-space parking zone will function an appointment solely drive-thru vaccine clinic.

The location will start with two days of vaccinations subsequent week, with the aim of inviting greater than 2,100 well being care employees and people 65 and older from the county’s rising COVID-19 vaccine waitlist. That record has obtained greater than 94,000 requests since mid-January.

PNC Area would be the county’s first appointment solely drive-up vaccination website. Vaccinations at PNC will occur Feb. 11, adopted by one other spherical of appointments on Feb. 13. The location will proceed working in future weeks as vaccine allocations and partnerships enable.

“PNC Area is a group asset,” mentioned Centennial Authority Chairman Thomas McCormick. “As house owners of PNC Area, we’re blissful to work with our companions, Carolina Hurricanes and NC State College, to help the wants of our group when known as upon.”

Wake County Public Well being, PNC Area, WakeMed Well being & Hospitals, UNC REX Healthcare and Duke Raleigh Hospital will work collectively to manage vaccinations, help with logistics and supply medical help to create this environment friendly and secure appointment-only drive-thru website, with help from the North Carolina Division of Well being and Human Companies.

“The state delivered some encouraging information to us final night time – that Wake County Public Well being was going to obtain practically 3,000 extra doses than we initially anticipated and we could not be extra grateful,” mentioned Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Matt Calabria. “Thanks partly to the unimaginable coordination that’s already underway amongst our group companions, we stand able to tackle these further doses and ship them safely and effectively. This implies extra vaccinations and extra lives saved.”

Wake County Public Well being expects to ship out invites for waitlist members to enroll in appointment slots later Friday night. Appointments are required to obtain a vaccination, and vaccinations is not going to be out there with out affirmation of a spot.

“We’re proud to be part of this group and acknowledge the heartbreaking impression this pandemic has had for thus lots of its residents,” mentioned Don Waddell, president of the Carolina Hurricanes and PNC Area. “PNC Area has ample area to function a mass-vaccination venue, and we need to do the whole lot we will to assist Wake County in its battle in opposition to COVID-19.”

Stroll-ups with appointments are welcome. Public transportation is out there through GoRaleigh.

3:30 p.m.
NCDHHS mentioned information reveals the 3Ws have helped dramatically cut back the unfold of the flu and different respiratory diseases throughout the state.

“Solely 4 deaths from flu have been reported to NCDHHS thus far this season, in comparison with 186 deaths final season and greater than 200 deaths throughout the 2018-19 season. The information present these low ranges of flu and RSV are occurring regardless of related or larger ranges of testing for each diseases,” a press launch from NCDHHS mentioned.

NC Medicaid has seen a 98.2% discount in expense claims for Tamiflu, a drug used to deal with the flu.

“Altogether, this information tells us the preventative measures we’re taking are working,” mentioned NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Ok. Cohen, M.D. “Not solely are the 3Ws having a big effect on the unfold of flu and different respiratory viruses, this information reveals us that the unfold of COVID-19 would seemingly be a lot larger if we weren’t taking these measures.”

1:30 p.m.
The North Carolina Division of Well being and Human Companies on Friday reported 5,547 new instances of COVID-19 within the state.

The p.c of constructive check is at 7.9%.

NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen earlier this week mentioned traits had been transferring in a constructive route.

At the moment, 2,523 persons are hospitalized with COVID-19.

That is down 107 from the day earlier than. 113 extra deaths reported on Friday. That marks the third day in a row of greater than 100 deaths reported.

684 deaths had been reported within the final week.

12 p.m.

The White Home says the Pentagon will deploy troops to help Individuals getting vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19.

Coronavirus senior adviser Andy Slavitt introduced Friday that Protection Secretary Lloyd Austin has accredited a request for help from the Federal Emergency Administration Company. It means about 1,000 lively responsibility army personnel will deploy to assist state vaccination facilities.

President Joe Biden has known as for organising 100 mass vaccination facilities across the nation inside a month. Two are opening in California, and Slavitt says army personnel will arrive at these facilities in a little bit over every week.

Slavitt says help from the army will help vaccination websites, serving to administer hundreds of pictures a day. At the moment about 6.9 million Individuals have obtained the complete two-dose routine required to get most safety from the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

FRIDAY MORNING STORYLINES

The White Home is contemplating sending a masks to each American as they hope to persuade individuals to do their half within the battle in opposition to the Coronavirus. White Home chief of workers Ron Klain mentioned in an interview that administration officers are taking a look at utilizing masks provides that the federal government already has in its stockpile. Klain mentioned that the administration hopes to make an announcement on a possible transfer “within the subsequent few days or subsequent week.”

Biden has pleaded for Individuals to put on masks throughout the first 100 days of his administration

The North Carolina Senate has accredited a invoice to ship college students again to the classroom and require all faculties to return to in-person studying in some capability. The invoice would nonetheless enable dad and mom the selection for digital studying.

The invoice is predicted to go to the home subsequent week for a vote. If it passes within the Home and Senate, the invoice would go to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. Gov. Cooper helps reopening lecture rooms, however opposes the invoice, feeling the choice needs to be as much as every district.

Wake County Public Colleges will return to in-person studying on Feb. 15. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Colleges voted to reopen lecture rooms in April and have college students on a Plan B hybrid schedule.

The Durham VA healthcare system is internet hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic this weekend. Greater than 3,000 veterans are anticipated to get their vaccine.

Union Church helps households struggling throughout the pandemic by giving out meals in Raleigh this weekend. The giveaway is at 5808 Departure Drive on Friday from midday to six p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to five p.m.

Johnson & Johnson has requested U.S. regulators to clear the world’s first single-dose COVID-19 vaccine, an easier-to-use possibility that would increase scarce provides.

THURSDAY

3:40 p.m.
In a information briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper announced his proposal for a new $4 billion emergency relief budget, together with funding for COVID-19 therapy, vaccines and prevention, housing help, bonuses for educators, and assist for small companies.

“We should make certain our state is in a constructive to thrive each throughout and after the pandemic,” Cooper mentioned within the briefing.

He added that each Republican and Democratic lawmakers labored on the proposal which incorporates each state and federal funds, in addition to educators, well being specialists, enterprise leaders and others.

Included within the plan are one-time bonuses for educators, together with $2,500 for lecturers and principals, $1,500 for varsity personnel, and $2,000 for employees in group faculties and universities. Cooper added that educators are the one state staff that did not obtain a pay increase final yr.

Additionally included is funding to develop little one care entry, funding for meals help and $30 million to develop high-speed web entry.

Cooper additionally introduced state unemployment advantages would enhance to a most of $500 per week, for a most of 26 weeks.

“Even earlier than the pandemic, North Carolina had a number of the shortest and stingiest unemployment advantages within the nation,” Cooper mentioned. “Now’s the time to repair this.”

Throughout the briefing, DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen addressed the state’s altering COVID-19 metrics and the up to date county alert map.

“For the primary time since we began this report in November, our traits moved in a constructive route,” Cohen mentioned.

The final report, issued on Jan. 21, listed 99% of counties within the crimson or orange zones, that means crucial or substantial communty unfold. That share has dropped to 94%, with the remaining 6% displaying vital group unfold (yellow zone). Moreover, 25 fewer counties are within the crimson zone this week, dropping from 86 to 61.

“North Carolinians are working laborious to guard each other and we’re seeing the end result,” Cohen mentioned.

Whereas Cooper echoed her optimism, he added that instances and deaths are nonetheless to high–pointing to Wednesday’s document for many deaths recorded in a single day.

“There are encouraging indicators however we all know this pandemic has examined us and we should keep vigilant,” Cooper mentioned. “We will and can flip the nook on this pandemic and our communities will be even stronger than earlier than.”

2:40 p.m.
North Carolina Division of Well being and Human Companies reported the bottom share of constructive assessments in over two months, with 7.2% of assessments returning constructive as of Tuesday.

The state additionally reported 5,495 extra instances and 150 extra deaths, a slight lower from Wednesday’s document excessive of 169 extra deaths.

For the ninth-straight day, fewer persons are hospitalized with COVID-19. That quantity dropped to 2,630 statewide, the bottom it has been since mid-December.

9 a.m.
UNC-Chapel Hill has discovered one other cluster of COVID-19 instances on campus, this time at Connor residence corridor. Tuesday, there was a cluster found at Morrison residence corridor.

The state defines a cluster as 5 or extra instances inside shut proximity. In January, the varsity alerted college students to clusters at Avery and Carmichael halls.

UNC began the semester with all virtual classes on Tuesday. Jan. 19. The college delayed the beginning of in-person lessons for 3 weeks citing document COVID-19 instances and hospitalizations in North Carolina.

8:40 a.m.
Wake County is including new COVID-19 testing websites at parks in Raleigh and Morrisville subsequent week.

There can be testing completed at Brier Creek Park in Morrisville and Methodology Group Park and Tarboro Highway Park in Raleigh from Monday, Feb. 8 to Sunday, Feb. 14.

The county additionally introduced Union Church will give away meals at 5808 Departure Drive on Friday (midday to six p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m. to five p.m.). For extra testing websites and knowledge, try the county’s COVID-19 testing page.

THURSDAY MORNING STORYLINES

The state will unveil extra a couple of COVID-19 reduction invoice right now after it was handed by state senators Wednesday night time. The invoice comprises federal cash that was a part of a stimulus bundle from December.

Included within the invoice:

  • $1.6 billion to assist reopen faculties and enhance know-how to assist shut studying gaps.
  • $546 million for lease help
  • $95 million for the state well being division to assist with vaccine distribution. The state is on observe to obtain greater than 145,000 new first doses over the following three weeks from the federal authorities

Gov. Roy Cooper and others are anticipated to discuss the invoice Thursday at 3 p.m.

The coronavirus reduction invoice accredited by the Senate on Wednesday additionally helps direct funds to extra dad and mom.

Mother and father who missed a chance final yr to get $335 checks to assist offset childcare prices and bills related to distant studying would have till Could 31 to reap the benefits of the so-called Additional Credit score grants

A drive-thru COVID-19 vaccine clinic is once more open Thursday at a Crown Advanced in Fayetteville. The clinic will start at 9 a.m. and is for the primary dose of the Moderna vaccine. No appointment is important.

WEDNESDAY

6 p.m.
The Director of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention says faculties can safely reopen even when lecturers should not vaccinated for the coronavirus.

As some lecturers’ unions balk at resuming in-person instruction earlier than lecturers are inoculated, Dr. Rochelle Walensky says, “Vaccination of lecturers is just not a prerequisite for secure reopening of faculties.” Walensky cited CDC information displaying that social distancing and sporting a masks considerably cut back the unfold of the virus at school settings.

White Home COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients known as on Congress to cross further funding to make sure faculties have the assets essential to help reopening.

President Joe Biden has pledged to make sure practically all Ok-8 faculties will reopen for in-person instruction within the first 100 days of his administration.

Academics are prioritized as “important employees” beneath the CDC’s vaccination plans, although many have but to obtain doses because the nation continues to face a provide scarcity of the vaccine.

3 p.m.
AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine does greater than forestall individuals from falling severely unwell – it seems to scale back transmission of the virus and presents robust safety for 3 months on only a single dose, researchers said Wednesday in an encouraging turn in the campaign to suppress the outbreak.

12:45 p.m.
North Carolina is reporting 12,079 COVID-19 instances on account of a backlog from December and January. This brings the overall of North Carolina instances to 776,307.

In accordance with North Carolina well being officers, Wednesday’s information contains assessments carried out at FastMed Pressing Care clinics throughout December and January not beforehand reported.

The delayed numbers depend for 7,912 of the 12,079 new instances. The delayed stories additionally add 40,000 new assessments to the dashboard.

Previous to December 2020, all testing from FastMed was completed by third-party labs and check outcomes had been reported to NCDHHS from these labs and included within the NC COVID-19 Dashboard and FastMed has since mounted its reporting error.

NCDHHS says instances have been trending down because the second week of January.

169 extra individuals in North Carolina have died from COVID-19 because the begin of the pandemic, bringing the overall to 9,578. That is the best single day of reported deaths since Dec. 26.

All through the state, 2,706 stay hospitalized because the state’s p.c constructive check fee is 14%, up from Tuesday’s 10.2%.

WEDNESDAY MORNING STORYLINES

The Wake County Public College System will enable Pre-Ok by way of third graders to return again to highschool for each day in-person studying on Feb. 15. The choice handed by an 8-1 vote on Tuesday night time. Grades 4 and 5 will meet in particular person in three-week rotations as will many center and highschool college students. Particular schooling regional packages will meet for each day in-person studying.

The transfer comes a day after Gov. Cooper and different state officers urged faculty districts to let college students again into the classroom.

A COVID-19 drive-thru vaccination clinic is scheduled for Wednesday at West Johnston Excessive College. The clinic begins at 10 a.m. and is for the primary dose of the Moderna vaccine. A drive-thru clinic can also be set for Wednesday on the Crown Advanced in Fayetteville. The clinic begins at 9 a.m. and walk-ups are welcome after 1 p.m.
Greater than 1,099,218 complete doses have been administered in NC and greater than 32,000,000 have been administered within the U.S. UNC Well being not too long ago celebrated 100,000 vaccines administered.

We’ll be taking your COVID-19 vaccine questions tonight at 6:30. A panel of Well being specialists will give their skilled recommendation. You’ll be able to submit questions by way of abc11.com and our ABC11 Instagram web page.

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