The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) issued the following statement from Andy Ellen, president and general counsel, regarding Executive Order 147 issued by Governor Roy Cooper and the face covering requirement included. “The main concern for all retailers has and continues to be the health and safety of their employees and their customers. At 5:00 pm today, Governor Roy Cooper’s Executive Order requires customers to wear a face covering while in a retail establishment or restaurant. Since the onset of the COVID-19, retailers have made wide-ranging changes in their operations with safety in mind. They have incorporated social distancing procedures and worked tirelessly toRead More →

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today announced that North Carolina will remain in Safer at Home Phase 2 for three more weeks. Cooper also announced that face coverings must be worn when people are in public places as officials seek to stabilize concerning trends of increasing viral spread. Cooper and Cohen were joined by Dennis Taylor, President of the North Carolina Nurses Association and Eugene A. Woods, President and CEO of Atrium Health. “North Carolina is relying on the data and the science to lift restrictions responsibly, and right now our increasing numbers showRead More →

Internationally – total confirmed cases 7,291,484. Deaths 413,058 Gives a death rate of 5.66%. That is 57 people out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. United States – total cases 1,961,428 Deaths 111,694 Gives a death rate of 5.7%. That is 57 of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. North Carolina – total cases 37,160 Death 1053. Gives a death rate of 2.83%. That is 28.3 out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. 780 hospitalizations. Surrounding counties.Lenoir – total cases 261 death 8Jones – total cases 25 death 3Greene – total cases 106 death 2Pitt – total cases 416 deathRead More →

Internationally – total confirmed cases 6,920,214. Deaths 400,225 Gives a death rate of 5.78%. That is 58 people out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. United States – total cases 1,920,061 Deaths 109,802 Gives a death rate of 5.71%. That is 57 of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. North Carolina – total cases 34,625 Death 996. Gives a death rate of 2.87%. That is 38.7 out of 1000 confirmed cases died with this virus. 996 hospitalizations. Surrounding counties. Lenoir – total cases 215 death 7 Jones – total cases 26 death 3 Greene – total cases 95 death 2 Pitt –Read More →

Pradeep Arumugham 5/30/2020 COVID 19 UPDATE Now that we are in Phase II – it is prudent to look at Georgia numbers again. If you remember a few weeks ago Georgia changed the way they reported cases. NC reports cases in 2 ways, one as the positive cases when the report comes in and as positive cases according to date when it was performed. Georgia switched from positive cases when reports come in to positive cases according to date it was performed. We can argue whether this was politics or not, but the sad fact is that it prevented people from seeing whether a spikeRead More →

With 2.1 million more unemployment claims filed this week despite all U.S. states starting to reopen, WalletHub released updated rankings for the States Hit Most by Unemployment Claims, and North Carolina ranked poorly, coming in at 9th. Since North Carolina is the 10 largest state by population, 9th would indicate it is doing slightly worse than it should for a state its size. To identify which states’ workforces have been hurt the most by COVID-19, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on increases in unemployment claims during the latest week for which we have data (May 18) and overall sinceRead More →

Craven County continues to outpace its neighbors in the growth of COVID-19 cases, rising 11 cases in the past 24 hours by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services records, or three cases by Craven County Health Department records. The two agencies often differ in their daily count but jibe over longer periods of time. The Craven County Health Department keeps more detailed records, however. Three of the active COVID-19 cases are currently hospitalized. There are 132 active cases, a number that has risen sharply over the past two weeks, while 45 cases are reported as recovered, a number that has stayed the sameRead More →

Craven County has 183 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11 a.m. on May 24, 2020, up two in the last 24 hours and continuing a steep upward trajectory caused by a single outbreak cluster that started showing up in laboratory testing nearly two weeks ago. Here are some points to ponder: Active cases greatly outnumber recovered cases, and it’s getting worse The number of active cases increased by two over the past 24 hours, and is now at 132 lab-confirmed cases. Meanwhile, the number of recovered cases has barely changed during the course of this cluster spike. There were 32 recovered cases on May 1Read More →

Craven County Health reported 13 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the count to 181 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:00 a.m. on May 23, 2020. All 13 cases could be traced to a previously confirmed case. The health department report did not say if the 13 new cases are related to the county’s main outbreak cluster, which totaled 123 cases Friday afternoon. If related, that would bring the cluster to 136 cases out of 181 in the county. Meanwhile, there are now 132 active cases in Craven County, a number that has continued to grow steadily since May 5, with 45 recoveries,Read More →

REVISED | Craven County has 168 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on May 22, 2020, the Craven County Health Department reported Friday. That’s another 28 cases over the previous 24 hours, all of which are traceable to someone who was previously identified as positive. Over the past seven days there has been a significant increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Craven County. With the exception of two cases, all of the most recent cases are due to direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case. These newest COVID-19 cases are isolated to a segment of friends, family members, and co-workers. That cluster,Read More →