By Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice on July 11, 2020
On the cusp of expected announcements by Governor Roy Cooper on how to re-open schools and whether to move the state into a new phase of re-opening, North Carolina reported its single highest daily total of new COVID-19 cases — 2,462.
Another ominous sign in the July 9 report is the growing number of hospitalizations, currently also at a record high of 1,093.
In their recent public briefings, Cooper and North Carolina Health and Human Services Director Mandy Cohen have engaged in a balancing act, repeatedly expressing concerns about the spread of the of virus in North Carolina while differentiating the state from those such as Florida, Texas, Arizona and California where COVID-19 has exploded.
On the matter of how he wants to re-open public schools in August, Cooper appeared to tip his hand at a July 9 briefing when he said that a safe return to education would include “some in-person, but also some remote learning.”
With the current Phase II Safer-at-Home order set to expire on July 17, the governor is also expected to announce next week whether the state will move to another phase of lifting restrictions. Today’s numbers wouldn’t seem to make that a likelier prospect.
Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates o 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