NC Aug. 26 COVID-19 update: 1,244 new cases, 36 new deaths; Gov. Cooper holds Wednesday briefing

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — North Carolina reported 1,244 new COVID-19 cases and 36 new deaths on Wednesday, along with 13 new hospitalizations.

Gov. Roy Cooper held a Wednesday briefing regarding the latest pandemic updates as well as his budget proposal for the state.

Cooper said the key indicators for the state continue to stabilize and improve throughout. Additionally, turnaround times for test results have “come down” and the NCDHHS website has a list of free testing sites in counties across the state.

Starting today, the NCDHHS COVID-19 dashboard displays average testing result wait times allowing people to see how long it takes to get results back.

“This pandemic has not concealed our weaknesses, it has exposed them. It’s good that our state has more than $900 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Fund money that we can invest wisely to fight this virus and tackle these weaknesses head-on,” said Cooper.

Parts of Cooper’s budget proposal include funding for critical public health services, mental health support, early childhood services, as well as increasing access and help in underserved communities. Additionally, funds for developing a state stockpile of personal protective equipment, small business support, and $132 million for K-12 public schools.

Cooper is proposing a $2,000 bonus for teachers and principals and a $1,000 bonus for school support staff. Also, a $1,500 bonus to community college and university employees who didn’t get raises.

The full proposal can be read here.

As for the daily numbers, the state’s average of new cases had trended back up slightly over the past week, after falling for over a month, but the trend appears to be going back down.

Deaths still remain high, above any other portion of the pandemic for North Carolina. 4 new deaths were reported in local counties Wednesday.

Hospitalizations are down from earlier in the pandemic, but have been mostly steady of late. Testing has dropped off in the past few days, with the percent of positive test up to about 7.8%.

Here are the latest numbers from local counties:

  • Gates 75 cases — 2 deaths (+1 case)
  • Dare 236 cases — 2 deaths (+3 cases)
  • Currituck 91 cases (+1 case)
  • Pasquotank 515 cases — 23 deaths (+3 cases, +1 death)
  • Perquimans 112 cases — 2 deaths (+1 case)
  • Bertie 372 cases — 5 deaths (+5 cases)
  • Hertford 486 cases — 14 deaths (+5 cases, +2 deaths)
  • Chowan 193 cases — 2 deaths (-4 cases)
  • Camden 89 cases — 3 deaths (-1 case, +1 death)

Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, is scheduled to speak at 3 p.m. Wednesday. WAVY will carry the stream live.

For more information from NCDHHS, click here.

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