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New cases dropped from record highs
According to state health officials, at least 274,635 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 4,378 people have died.
The NC Department of Health and Human Services reported 2,805 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, down from 2,809 the day before. Thursday’s single-day total of 2,885 cases was the highest record since the pandemic began and exceeded the previous record of 271
46 people died on Saturday.
Approximately 6.1% of the tests were positive on Saturday, down from 6.2% on Wednesday the day before data was available. This is higher than the 5% target set by health officials.
According to reports, as of Saturday, at least 1,184 people in North Carolina were hospitalized for COVID-19, a decrease of 12 patients from 1,196 the day before.
Charlotte Church approved to reopen
Health officials in Mecklenburg County announced on Friday that they are relaxing a cut order to close Charlotte Church after the coronavirus outbreak.
There are more than 180 COVID-19 cases and at least six deaths related to the National Prayer Alliance.
According to the “Charlotte Observer” report, under the revised order, the church will be able to reopen nearly ten locations in Mecklenburg County with specific capacity restrictions. Restrictions range from 25 people in one location to nearly 300 people in the sanctuary at 2321 Beatties Ford Road, its local flagship location.
Observers received emails on Thursday indicating that restrictions will be relaxed soon.
Mecklenburg County Manager Dina Diorio told officials that if the church agrees to cooperate, they are considering relaxing the order and said the legal team representing the church has been in contact.
Diorio wrote to the county commissioner. He said: “UHOP provides seven days a week. They think the order is too much.”
The company agrees to resolve the mask price fraud claim
A company that sells N95 masks said it will pay $150,000 to resolve allegations of price fraud in North Carolina.
In August, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein sued Stephen Gould Corp., claiming that the New Jersey-based company offered to sell personal protective equipment at 15 times the highest market price. .
New York State stated that the offer to Duke Health, UNC Health, State Department of Emergency Management and the Charlotte Chapter of the American Red Cross was made in March, and North Carolina reported its first case of the coronavirus.
At the time, health care providers in the state were looking for equipment to protect their employees. N95 masks are commonly used in medical settings and are known to filter out most particles.
Stephen Gould agreed to the settlement, but did not admit wrongdoing.
The company’s lawyer said in a statement on Thursday: “It is clear from the news that the market for personal protective equipment was unstable at the beginning of the pandemic.” “Stephen Gould Corporation regrets Yes, it tried to link the source of the masks with North Carolina companies and was involved in this fluctuation.”
Wake County School Reported Cases
Wake County schools reported at least seven cases of the coronavirus this week. This is the first time students have participated in a face-to-face course since mid-March.
According to the News and Observer, the new infections are related to the middle of Simmelbrook in Raleigh and Alston Ridge Elementary School in Cary.
Other cases on the new coronavirus dashboard in the Wake County School District include: Two Fuquay-Varina High Schools, Wake Forest Traditional High School, Panther Creek High School in Cary, and Forest Pines Drive Elementary in Raleigh.
Thousands of elementary school students return to campus this week, while high school students study remotely for the rest of the semester.
At least three cases of infection in high school were related to sports, although the school did not disclose whether the cases were among students. The campuses said they are cooperating with health officials in Wake County and will notify people who may have come into contact with the infected person.
Despite COVID-19, NC still sets new business records
Although the pandemic has changed people’s daily lives, North Carolina has seen a record of new business.
In the third quarter, the state received nearly 14,000 “high-paying business” applications, which are the most likely to eventually hire workers.
According to a report from News & Observer on Friday, the number of applications across the United States has recently reached a quarterly record high. Experts say that in the uncertainty of the pandemic, some people may look for opportunities.
David T. Robinson, professor of finance at Duke University, said: “Entrepreneurs are the economic agents in our economy. They risk trying novel solutions to solve existing problems.” “We are faced with a series of new The problem. This (the proliferation of apps) reflects the natural entrepreneurial response.”
Ted Zoller, Professor of Entrepreneurship at UNC, said more factors may come from the surge in applications, including small businesses looking to borrow from the Paycheck Protection Program.