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The cases are top 246,000
At least 246,028 people in North Carolina tested positive for coronavirus and 3,934 died, state health officials said.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 2,303 new COVID-19 cases, up from 2,102 the other day.
Five deaths associated with coronavirus were reported on Sunday.
Nearly 6.1% of the tests were reported positive on Friday, the most recent date on which the data was available. That is higher than the 5% target set by health officials.
At least 1,129 people in North Carolina have been reported hospitalized with COVID-19 since Sunday, down 11 from Saturday.
Recent daily hospital admissions figures have been the highest they have had since August.
Cases that are possibly tied to the church event
At least nine COVID-19 cases can be attributed to the events at the Charlotte church convocation that took place last week.
Anyone who attends events at the United House of Prayer for Everyone at 2321 Beatties Ford Road should be tested for coronavirus, health officials said Saturday.
The free trial will be available on Sunday at StarMed Health, 4001 Tuckaseegee Road. People can also find a test site near them in Mecklenburg County at: https://meck.co/3ka8gLE.
Church officials were not reached for comment by The Charlotte Observer.
Who will be the first to be vaccinated when it is ready?
North Carolina suggests that health care workers, EMTs, firefighters and other vital workers as well as residents and staff at long-term care facilities are in line to get the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine when one is available for public use.
The state sent a proposal for the distribution of the vaccine to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. States are available until Friday to submit their proposals.
Those at high risk of serious illness and death from coronavirus will be among the first to be shot.
“Initially, we need to understand that there will only be a limited supply of those vaccines, so we will need to prioritize some people who will have access to those vaccines first,” Drs. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state health department, said at a news conference on Thursday.
The goal is to vaccinate everyone in North Carolina who is eligible and who wants a shot.
UNC Charlotte tests students in dorms
All students in the three dorms at UNC Charlotte with confirmed COVID-19 cases are being tried today, university officials said Friday.
Officials did not name the dorms but said it was a “proactive” step to prevent the virus from spreading. There are currently no coronavirus clusters in any of the UNC Charlotte halls, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Students were told not to leave their buildings until they were tested and food was served.
Duke reports the first COVID-19 cluster
Nine undergraduate students at Duke University living in an apartment complex off campus tested positive for coronavirus, officials announced Friday.
Students live in Solis Apartments on Main Street and tested positive on October 7. Mike Schoenfeld, Duke’s chief communications officer and vice president for public affairs and government relations, said they were “excellent performing. “
“All of our systems worked the way they should – the initial case was identified by tracking testing, contact tracking was activated, students in the friend group were placed in quarantine,” he said. said Schoenfeld.
Duke has reported a total of 107 COVID-19 cases since August, including three employees. Ninety-two of those cases were cleared to return to campus, The News & Observer reported. A “cluster” is defined as five or more cases tied to a specific event or location.