N.C.’s COVID-19 cases increasing slightly for three straight days

N.C.’s COVID-19 cases increasing slightly for three straight days
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has released new data about COVID-19 cases across the state. (Source: WBTV)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina’s COVID-19 cases count has been slightly increasing for the past three days.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human services reported 1,064 hospitalizations, 28 deaths and 2,475 new cases Friday.

Officials also reported 45.8 percent of adults are partially vaccinated and 33.3 percent are fully vaccinated as of Friday.

Anyone 16 years and older became eligible for the vaccine starting Wednesday, April 7.

Since the first case was reported in North Carolina on March 3, 2020, the state has seen 943,693 total positive cases.

The total number of people who have died of complications with the virus is now 12,387 in the state.

Officials say 11,874,945 tests have been given in N.C. as of Friday, and the percent of positive tests reported was 5.5 percent.

As of April 13, officials say 900,174 people were presumed to be recovered from COVID-19 in North Carolina. You can monitor the estimated number of patients presumed to be recovered from symptoms of COVID-19 by clicking here.

VACCINATIONS IN NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina is currently providing COVID-19 vaccinations to individuals in Group 5, which includes everyone age 16 and older.

On April 13, the CDC and the FDA announced they were pausing the use of the J&J shot, and states and other providers were expected to follow.

Officials said they were investigating unusual clots that occurred 6 to 13 days after vaccination. The six cases were in women between the ages of 18 and 48; there was one death and all remained under investigation.

People who need transportation assistance to a COVID-19 vaccine should reach out to their local transit agency. Local transit information can be found here: NC_public_transit.pdf (ncdot.gov).

COVID-19 ORDERS IN EFFECT IN N.C.

COVID-19 restrictions will ease again on March 26 at 5 p.m., allowing for max capacity limits at some places.

Gov. Roy Cooper announced he was signing Executive Order 204 on March 23, days ahead of the expiration of Executive Order 195.

“Our sustained progress tell us we can move forward with easing restrictions if we do it safely,” Cooper said.

Under the new order, the following places will be able to increase capacity up to 100-percent:

  • Retail businesses
  • Salons
  • Museums

The following places will be able to operate at 75-percent capacity indoors and 100-percent outdoors:

  • Restaurants
  • Wineries
  • Breweries
  • Amusement parks
  • Gyms
  • Pools
  • Recreation establishments

Other places will be able to increase capacity to 50-percent indoors and outdoors:

  • Bars
  • Conference centers
  • Receptions venues
  • Sports arenas
  • Live performance venues

Movie theaters and gaming facilities may operate at up to 75-percent capacity outdoors under the new order.

<b>DOCUMENT: </b><a href="https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO204-Further-Easing-Restrictions.pdf" target=_blank><b>Click here to read Executive Order 204 in its entirety</b></a>

Effective at 5 p.m. on March 26, the 11 p.m. curfew for on-site alcohol consumption will be lifted. Mass gathering limits will be increased to 50 outdoors and 100 outdoors.

The mask mandate and six-feet social distancing will remain in place. All businesses must continue to maintain the six feet of distance requirement between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand their capacity.

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