RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN/WAVY) — Less than 24 hours into the start of Phase 2 of the reopening of the state, the highest one-day increase of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases was reported in North Carolina.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 1,107 positive COVID-19 cases were reported on Saturday.
“This is a notable and concerning increase. As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.
The number of deaths rose slightly to 737 and the number of people currently hospitalized rose to 589.
A total of 329,582 test have been completed.
NCDHHS epidemiologists are analyzing the data to determine if there were any significant contributing factors. Click here for additional data.
Friday evening marked the start of the “Safer at Home” Phase Two of North Carolina’s reopening. Businesses such as restaurants, salons, and pools were allowed to reopen if they met certain requirements.
Here are the latest numbers for WAVY’s viewing area:
Gates: 21 cases — 1 death
Dare: 18 cases — 1 deaths
Currituck: 11 cases
Pasquotank: 95 cases — 8 deaths
Perquimans: 23 cases — 2 deaths
Hertford: 65 cases — 1 death
Bertie: 109 cases — 3 deaths
Cooper announced the “Count on Me” free online COVID-19 training program initiative. As of Friday, the governor said that over 3,500 people representing more than 1,800 businesses in N.C. have completed the training.
“Count on Me is a free online training. It’s focused on advanced cleaning, disinfection, social distancing, and hygiene practices to better protect the public and employees from exposure to COVID-19,” said Cooper.
More information can be found at CountOnMeNC.org. The site also has a list of businesses that have already completed the training.
Phase two includes opening restaurants for in-person dining, and salons and pools up to 50% capacity. Gyms and fitness centers are notably excluded from the plan. State officials said the recent high increase in cases led to them leaving those businesses closed.
For more on phase 2, click here.
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