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A Cumberland County teacher has died from complications of COVID-19.
Dr. Marvin Connelly, governor of Cumberland County, confirmed the teacher’s death Tuesday morning, expressing condolences on behalf of the school system.
“We are saddened by the recent death of one of our teachers due to complications from COVID-19,” said Dr. Connelly. “Our thoughts and prayers relate to the employee’s family, relatives and school community. As the employee works remotely, no additional staff members are affected. Due to privacy laws, we are unable to share additional information at this time.”
TUESDAY MORNING STORIES
Gov. Roy Cooper will give an important update to the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic today at 3 p.m. hospitals from COVID-19 – the highest amount ever reported
This number includes 96% of the hospitals that report, which means that there are probably a few more patients with COVID-19 who are not included in the number.
Monday’s COVID-19 also showed an increase in the percentage of tests that returned positive. The daily rate of 9.5% came after a week, which averaged about 7.4%, and is well above the state target of 5%.
You can watch Governor Cooper’s briefing on abc11.com and ABC11’s Facebook page.
Wake County opens a new test site for COVID-19 on Tuesday. The site is on 5809 Departure Drive in Raleigh near the center of Triangle. Tests are available Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week. You do not need to register to take the test.
The Charlotte Hornets will not allow fans to attend home games to start the 2020-2021 season due to the pandemic. The team said Monday that it made the decision after consulting with state and local officials. He will continue to work on a plan that will allow fans to return safely to the Spectrum Center later this season.
Wake Forest’s men’s basketball program is suspending the team’s breaks until the end of this week and will not play Troy on Wednesday due to recent COVID-19 tests and contact tracking.
Wayne County Public Schools reported a COVID-19 cluster in the early part of Meadow Lane, comprising three employees and two students. None of the cases have been on campus since November 23.
“The school had two cases registered on November 24. Today we learned about three additional cases. Based on contract tracking, we believe these cases can be reasonably linked,” said Dr. James Merrill, supervisor of WCPS.
Wake County health officials have declared an outbreak of COVID-19 at Oliver House’s Life Support Facility at 4230 Wendel Boulevard in Wendel.
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Hobbton High School in Sampson County closes for two days to clean up after five reported cases of COVID-19 by employees.
Lee County reported another 123 cases of COVID-19 and the 31st death. A total of 2,504 residents tested positive for the virus in the county.
North Carolina’s COVID-19 hospitalizations reached a new level in Monday’s report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Humanitarian Services, while the percentage of people who tested positive rose again.
There are currently 1,996 people in the hospital due to COVID-19, with 96% of hospitals reporting this. The number of hospitalizations increased by more than 100 from Sunday’s report.
The state also recorded one of its highest percentages of positive numbers since the start of the pandemic, when the number of tests completed was much smaller.
The positive percentage on Monday is 9.5%. The number has averaged about 7.4% for the last week or so. Health experts in the country said they wanted the number to be below 5%.
The state also reported 2,734 new cases and another 21 deaths included in Monday’s figures.
Full data can be found on the control panel COVID-19 of NCDHHS.
As temperatures drop, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will issue automatic payments to help seniors and people with disabilities maintain heat.
The state’s low-income energy assistance program will help eligible households pay their utility bills. The program begins on Tuesday, December 1, and is available to those who:
- are aged 60 or over or a person with a disability who receives services through the Department of Aging and Adult Services
- Anyone who is currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services and
- Anyone who has received a LIEAP in the 2019-2020 season
“More of our neighbors may face financial difficulties due to COVID-19, and this funding can help eligible households with heating costs this winter,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, PhD. “We want to provide for the elderly and people with disabilities are healthy and safe during difficult times of the year. “
You must register for the program to receive payments. You can find information on how to apply here.
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Raleigh’s bar was quoted as saying there were too many people inside after Sunday night’s shooting. Police found that the Rose Bar Sports Bar & Lounge exceeded the state’s maximum employment rule during COVID-19 after responding.
Three people were injured.
MONDAY MORNING STORIES
Wake County simplifies the process to get a free test for COVID-19. You no longer need to fill out a detailed registration form before receiving a test. From Tuesday, to get a test in Wake County, just schedule an appointment online and bring an ID to the test site.
Wake County also opened a new test site for COVID-19 on Tuesday. The site is at 5809 Departure Drive in Raleigh. Tests are available Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this week. You do not need to register to take the test.
The tests are still available in the Sunnybrook car park at 2925 Holston Ln. in Raleigh.
United Airlines has begun delivering the first batches of the COVID-19 vaccine on charter flights. The United States currently has more than 13,300,000 cases of COVID-19, according to the Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center.
North Carolina health officials reported another 3,820 cases of COVID-19, resulting in a total of 361,778.
After 95% of hospitals reported, North Carolina set a new record in COVID-19 hospitals with 1,885. That’s 45 for Saturday.
There are another 21 deaths from COVID-19 in the state, resulting in a total of 5,240.
The percentage of positive state tests rose to 8.6% from 7.8% on Friday.
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According to data from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, there have been 13,247,386 cases of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
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