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6/12/2020 9:08:00 PM
COVID-19 Update

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


28 more deaths, 1,768 new positive cases, an increase in the percentage of tests that are positive--these are the highlights of the briefing from NC Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cooper Friday afternoon.

The 1,768 new cases is the most since the pandemic began; the 28 new deaths brings the state's total to 1,092; and while nationwide the number of tests that turn out positive is averaging 4%, in North Carolina it was 10% Thursday and Friday.

Don't believe everything you read on Facebook. Governor Cooper did not say anything about going back to Phase One, but that has been all over Facebook. What he did say is: "This increase in cases that we've seen doesn't mean that we've made a decision about going into phase 2.5 or 3. I know people are tired of this virus; it's been hard on everybody, but it's still deadly. Our numbers aren't where we want them to be; we want to continue removing restrictions, but we can only do that if we can improve the trends. Easing restrictions gradually has kept the disease from overwhelming our hospitals."

Lincoln County's number of active cases increased by seven since Wednesday; there are now 41 active cases in Lincoln County. The total number of positive tests here is now 125; 84 of those have recovered. There are now 19 people awaiting the results of their tests.

Catawba County added 14 cases on Friday, bringing the county's active cases to 207. That's actually four less than Wednesday, since the number of people recovered increased to 173. 13 people have died from the disease in Catawba County. 15 remain hospitalized.

Mecklenburg County recorded its largest single-day increase in coronavirus cases Friday since the local outbreak began in March. The county added 383 new COVID-19 cases from Thursday. Previously, Mecklenburg’s biggest single-day day report was 301 cases on June 6th.

Gaston County's number of active cases went up by 47 cases since Wednesday. The county now has 164 active cases, 330 people said to have recovered, and eight deaths.

Cleveland County has had 143 confirmed COVID-19 cases.



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So if you've decided it's all a political hoax and you're not going to wear a mask, etc., you'll probably not be interested in the following.

Susan R. Bailey, MD, President of the American Medical Association asked us today to share this letter with our readers:

“In far too many states – in rural and urban locations – we are seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases that could lead to further illness, deaths and other potentially dangerous impacts on health systems across the country. Physicians, scientists and public health experts are learning more every day about COVID-19, but we already know what stops the spread of the virus – wearing a face mask, maintaining physical distancing, and washing your hands regularly for 20 seconds. Adhering to these simple steps is the most effective way to prevent deaths and safely allow re-opening to continue. America’s physicians and the men and women on the front lines of this health care crisis urge you: do not confuse re-opening with returning to normal. Acting as though COVID-19 is behind us now will lead to another surge of COVID-19 cases. We appreciate that many people have been taking steps over the last several months to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but we urge the public to continue to be vigilant in taking steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.

“Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages remain an ongoing challenge and a significant hurdle that is preventing physician practices from re-opening. With PPE still in short supply, a second surge in COVID-19 cases not only risks additional lives – it jeopardizes routine medical care and procedures and endangers our health care workers. The AMA continues to urge the Administration to implement a national coordinated strategy on the production, acquisition, and distribution of PPE supplies to both ensure that the extreme shortages faced by front-line providers during the initial COVID-19 surges will not recur and help non-hospital health care practices to re-open safely for routine patient care.”

Two days ago, the NC Healthcare Associaton told us: with 86 percent of hospitals reporting, 20 percent of inpatient hospital beds and 13 percent of ICU beds are currently available.

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