NC coronavirus stay updates: COVID-19 circumstances surpass 984,000
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Falls close to 985,000
At least 984,950 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 12,801 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services reported 699 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, compared with 974 the day before.
Eleven more coronavirus-related deaths were reported on Tuesday. Deaths do not all occur on the day the state reports them. The state health department will revise its daily numbers as information becomes available.
As of Tuesday, at least 968 people had been hospitalized with the coronavirus, up from 955 the previous day.
As of Sunday, the last day for which data is available, 5.5% of coronavirus tests have been reported positive. Health officials say 5% or less is the target rate to help slow the spread of the virus.
Approximately 50% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and 44.8% are fully vaccinated.
Fauci answers questions from readers
Brian Murphy, McClatchy News reporter, interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Cameron Webb, a member of President Joe Biden’s Coronavirus Response Team, asked about a dozen questions about the pandemic during a question-and-answer session.
During the interview, Fauci and Webb answered everything from how to convince patients to get the COVID-19 vaccine to the number of people who should be vaccinated before the North Carolina mask mandate is lifted.
“We are absolutely certain of one thing: the more people are vaccinated, the fewer infections there will be in the community,” replied Fauci to the latter question. “That is an irrevocable, absolutely tough fact.”
A copy of the conversation, which has been edited for reasons of clarity, can be found here.
Cohen throws first place in the Durham Bulls season opener
Dr. NC Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen will host ceremonial first place at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Tuesday.
The minor league baseball team will recognize Triangle’s medical professionals during the game against the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp. The game entitled “Healthcare Superhero Night” is the Bulls’ home opener.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Cohen and Governor Roy Cooper held press conferences to provide information on the state’s health data.
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Hayley Fowler is a reporter for The Charlotte Observer, covering breaking news in real time in North and South Carolina. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a journalist and previously worked as a legal reporter in New York City before joining the Observer in 2019.
Simone Jasper is a reporter covering breaking stories for The News & Observer and real-time news in the Carolinas.