NC May 12 COVID-19 update: Cooper stresses that state, local governments will need federal assistance

North Carolina

Highlights from Gov. Roy Cooper’s 2 p.m. press conference:

Testing and tracing

With testing and tracing increase, Cooper emphasized that retail partners such as Walgreens, Walmart and Harris Teeter are opening up testing sites for the public, and because the site are federally-funded, testing is free at these sites.

He’s says that more hospital systems and doctors officers are also beginning testing each day, and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will begin posting a list of testing locations on its COVID-19 website later this week.

He says the state’s contact tracing workforce, which at least one North Carolina lawmaker is calling for investigation into, will go hand-in-hand with testing and help try to limit outbreaks, but will require much more than the state’s average of about 6,000 tests per day.

Biggest need right now from the federal government

Gov. Cooper says his biggest concern is budgetary impacts on the state and local governments due to the pandemic, and says he’s requesting funding assistance from Washington to help avoid cuts to law enforcement, transportation, education, etc.

North Carolina’s congressional lawmakers will be asked about these issues during a town hall Tuesday night at 7 on WAVY TV 10 and on

U.S. Reps. David Price (D-NC 4), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC 1), Greg Murphy (R-NC 3), Richard Hudson (R-NC 8), Alma Adams (D-NC 3), and Ted Budd (R-NC 13) are among those who will take part in “Coronavirus Response: Congressional Town Hall” and answer questions about the federal response to the pandemic.

“Staying home will not weaken your immune system”

NCDHHS Director Mandy Cohen dismissed reports that staying home can lead to a weakened immune system, saying there’s no evidence that staying inside in itself weakens peoples’ immune systems.

She acknowledged that staying inside can be detrimental to mental health (a key part of overall health), and encouraged people to get outside and exercise (while staying physically distant).

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY/WNCN) — North Carolina is reporting 15,346 laboratory-confirmed coronavirus cases, according to the latest North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services statistics released May 12.

NCDHHS officials report 577 deaths related to COVID-19, a rise of 27 from Monday.

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 increased to 475 from 464 on Monday.

Avery County remains the only county in North Carolina without a laboratory-confirmed case of COVID-19. On Tuesday, Avery County’s website said there have been 421 residents tested with 339 tests coming back negative. A total of 82 test results are pending.

Here’s the latest confirmed case count in counties in the WAVY viewing area:

  • Gates – 11 cases
  • Dare – 17 cases — 1 death
  • Currituck – 9 cases
  • Pasquotank – 81 cases — 5 deaths
  • Perquimans – 19 cases — 2  deaths
  • Hertford – 49 cases — 1 death (decrease of 2 cases from 5/11)
  • Bertie – 67 cases — 3 deaths
  • Chowan – 11 cases
  • Camden – 2 cases

On Monday, state health officials reported that 9,115 people have “presumably recovered” from COVID-19.

This is the first full week of Gov. Roy Cooper’s Phase 1 of reopening the state.

Governor Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force will hold a press conference on COVID-19 updates at 2 p.m. Tuesday. You can watch the briefing live on

Also tune in tonight to WAVY TV 10 for a ‘COVID-19 Response: Congressional Town Hall’. During the hour-long special program, which begins at 7 p.m., congressional leaders from across North Carolina will answer questions from citizens about the coronavirus response and reopening the state.

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