By Outer Banks Voice on June 8, 2020
On a day when the state reported surpassing 1,000 deaths due to COVID-19, Governor Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen voiced concern about key numbers and trends related to the virus that they characterized as “going the wrong way.” In the June 8 press briefing, convened in part to talk about hopes and plans for re-opening schools to in-person instruction in August, Cooper issued the cautionary note that, “Re-opening our schools very much depends on our health metrics.”
The metrics troubling state officials include the 739 COVID-19 hospitalizations reported on June 8, the highest single-day total to date. In addition, the highest single-day increase in new cases, 1,370, was reported over the weekend. Cohen also stated that the number of positive test results as a percentage of all COVID-19 tests administered, “is now among the highest in the nation.”
Additionally, she reported that on June 5, White House Coronavirus Task Force Member Deborah Birx called her to discuss Birx’s concerns with the way the COVID-19 numbers were trending in North Carolina.
The message hammered home by Cooper and Cohen at the briefing was that people should follow safety guidelines about washing their hands, social distancing and wearing face coverings. And they stressed getting tests. “If you have been in any kind of crowd,” Cooper stated, “please go get tested.” During a question and answer period with reporters, Cooper was asked if the state might have to rescind some of its moves toward re-opening businesses if the COVID-19 spread worsened. “We want to avoid going backward if we possibly can,” he said.
In a related question, Cooper was asked for his view of legislation to try and re-open bars—which are not allowed to operate in the current Phase Two opening plan.
“I’d rather open schools than bars,” he responded.
Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates on the number of reported cases of coronavirus. That number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs. There may be other reports, from the media and elsewhere, that will include different numbers during a given day, but this is an effective way of tracking numbers from the same source on a day-to-day basis.
SOURCE: NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
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