By the Numbers:
- 7,135 known cases in NC (as of 10:09 a.m.)
- 6,951 positive casesconfirmed by NCDHHS
- 826,184 cases in the U.S. (as of 10:09 a.m.)
- 83,331 completedtests reported to DHHS
- 4,163,464 tests completed in the U.S.
- 427 people currently hospitalized due to COVID-19
- 245 deaths in North Carolina
- 45,134 deaths in the U.S. (as of 10:09 a.m.)
- The NCDHHS sent guidance to county health offices advising them to not share death records with journalists who requested them.
- The guidance was discovered after journalists across the state requested death records during late March and early April to try and gain an understanding of COVID-19 deaths.
- What this shows us is that it’s hard to get a full picture of the COVID-19-related deaths.
- Employees at five food processing plants in North Carolina have COVID-19. The exact plant names weren’t made public, but the facilities are in Bladen, Chatham, Duplin, Lee and Robeson counties.
- Supreme Court Chief Justice Cheri Beasley has ordered that all counties resume magistrate marriage ceremonies, but is allowing local courts to decided how and where to hold them.
- Members of the N.C. National Guard are going to be helping food banks across the state. The soldiers and airmen will provide assistance in warehouses, meal distribution and transportation.
- The City of Winston-Salem announced a plan to provide a face mask for every resident in the city. Renfro Corp, which is making the masks, is reserving the first 300,000 masks it makes for the city. 60,000 of those masks with be free for low-income residents. Other masks will cost $2.50 each.
- California has announced that it’s expanding testing to people who are asymptomatic (specifically healthcare workers and first responders), and prioritizing individuals in communal facilities.
- Also in California, Santa Clara County officials announced yesterday that two residents died in early and mid-February from the coronavirus. That would make those deaths the earliest deaths due to the virus, and potentially shifts the county’s timeline of the spread.
- The stock market is rebounding after oil prices stabilized. From the Washington Post: “The blue-chip index had erased nearly 1,000 points over two days. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index and the tech-heavy Nasdaq both surged 2.1 percent.”