NC COVID-19 August 4 update: Over 3,400 new cases, 1,580 patients currently hospitalized, Gov. Cooper gives briefing

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY/WNCT) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper along with the state’s Coronavirus Task Force updated the media Wednesday afternoon as the state’s COVID-19 metrics continue to rise.

With COVID-19 numbers rising, Gov. Roy Cooper spent a lot of Wednesday’s press conference encouraging North Carolinians to get vaccinated.

“We want to encourage businesses to do things to get their employees vaccinated, and I applaud them for getting their customers vaccinated, some businesses have made the decision,” Cooper said.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services released its latest coronavirus statistics Wednesday, which show daily COVID-19 cases in the state are up with 3,413 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours. There are currently 1,580 patients hospitalized due to the virus.

“There are no hospitals at this point sounding the alarm bell, but hospitals remain concerned about this continuous increase,” Cooper said during the news conference.

Overall, the state has reported 1,062,300 cases since the beginning of the pandemic. The state’s daily positivity rate is now at 12%. Gov. Cooper said that is the highest it’s been since the winter surge.

As far as deaths contributed to COVID-19, the state has recorded a total of 13,700 fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic.

During the press briefing, Gov. Cooper also talked about the initiative to verify vaccination status for state employees in Executive Cabinet Agencies. The mandate, which is included in the state’s Executive Order 224, would also require unvaccinated state employees to wear a mask and be tested at least once a week.

Gov. Cooper said the mandate would take effect on the first day of September.

After New York City announced it will require proof of vaccination to enter some businesses, the big question is will North Carolina follow this?

“We want to encourage businesses to do things to get their employees vaccinated, and I applaud them for getting their customers vaccinated, some businesses have made the decision,” Cooper said.

The decision is to mandate people to prove they are vaccinated before entering. In Wednesday’s press conference, Cooper said he supports businesses making the decision to do so.

Cooper also talked about masks in schools. He said he hopes some public school boards will rethink their decisions about not requiring a mask in the coming weeks.

He also announced the state is now providing more help for families struggling to pay rent and utilities and for landlords.

If you are a landlord whose tenant is struggling to pay rent you can now submit their name and contact information at the HOPE Program website or by calling 888-9-ASK-HOPE.

Also during Wednesday’s briefing, Gov. Cooper announced the latest winner of the state’s $1 million vaccine lottery. 18-year-old Audrey Chavous of Winston-Salem, who is preparing to being her first year in college, was the big winner.


Local Counties Metrics:
 
Gates: 765 cases – 13 deaths
Bertie: 1,819 cases – 45 deaths
Camden: 709 cases – 6 deaths
Chowan: 1,557 cases – 37 deaths
Currituck: 1,672 – 16 deaths
Dare: 2,437 cases – 10 deaths
Hertford: 2,146 cases – 64 deaths
Pasquotank: 3,531 cases – 87 deaths
Perquimans: 1,067 cases – 11 deaths

Percent of N.C. Adult Population Partially Vaccinated: 61%
Percent of N.C. Adult Population Fully Vaccinated: 58%

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