NC August 13 COVID-19 update: 1,763 new cases, 38 new deaths reported statewide; Gov. Cooper holds 2 p.m. briefing

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — North Carolina reported 1,763 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, its highest one-day increase in days, along with 38 new deaths.

With the school year beginning soon, Governor Roy Cooper announced in the Thursday COVID-19 briefing that he has allocated additional funding to support the education system.

“To help schools teach effectively and safely, I have directed $95 million in federal funds to help with more school nurses and counselors as well as educational support for students at risk of falling behind.”

Additionally, the state has set up a child care hotline for families in need. The number for the hotline is 888-600-1685.

Cooper also announced that the N.C. Department of Commerce is accepting applications for a program that supports businesses and nonprofits affected by COVID-19.

The Job Retention Grant Program will use $15 million in federal relief money to help businesses that have seen a dip in services but keeping employees on the payroll. Businesses are eligible for grants up to $250,000 if they haven’t already received support from another program like the Paycheck Protection Program. The deadline for applications is September 1.

As for the numbers — cases, and hospitalizations statewide have been trending down although they appear to remain high overall.

“It’s encouraging to see these trends continue to be stable. We know that we need more testing. Test results are coming back faster now. That’s a good thing. If you think you need a test, talk to your health care provider or visit the NCDHHS website to find a free testing site,” said Cooper.

Key metrics

  • Cases (+1,763, 140,824 total) — trending down overall
  • Deaths (+38, 2,287 total) — trending up overall
  • Hospitalizations (+8, 1,070 total) — trending down overall
  • Tests (+20,329, 1,850,689 total) — positive tests down overall

Here are the latest numbers in local counties:

Gates 49 cases — 2 deaths (+2 cases)
Dare 210 cases — 2 deaths (+1 case)
Currituck 73 cases (+5 cases)
Pasquotank 423 cases — 20 deaths (+7 cases)
Perquimans 88 cases — 2 deaths (+2 cases)
Bertie 287 cases — 5 deaths (+7 cases)
Hertford 358 cases — 11 deaths (+7 cases)
Chowan 158 cases — 2 death (+2 cases)
Camden 75 cases — 2 deaths (+1 case)

On Wednesday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services adjusted their total count of tests due to a reporting error through LabCorp.

“We determined that from late April until last week, Pixel by LabCorp at-home test collection kits that originated out-of-state but were processed in North Carolina were inadvertently included in the manual data submission to the state. We quickly corrected the issue and provided the updated manual reports to NCDHHS,” said Brian Caveney, Chief Medical Officer and President of LabCorp Diagnostics.

NCDHHS said the reporting error did not affect key trends on the department’s website.

“Although this reporting error impacts our count of total tests completed, it does not alter our key metrics or change our understanding of COVID-19 transmission in North Carolina, which shows stabilization over the last few weeks,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D.

For more from NCDHHS, click here.

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