NC Sept. 22 COVID-19 update: Gov. Cooper gives Tuesday briefing as state health officials report over 1,100 new cases, 39 additional deaths

North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY/WNCN) — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,168 new COVID-19 cases across the state Tuesday.

An additional 39 deaths were reported, bringing the total to 3,286. The state surpassed 3,000 deaths last week.

There are currently 905 people hospitalized which is up 20 patients from Monday.

There were 7,390 tests completed Monday, bringing the total number of tests completed to 2,824,8929.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is planning to give a Tuesday afternoon briefing regarding the latest COVID-19 updates.

Gov. Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force to share an update on COVID-19 scheduled at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Gov. Cooper announced Tuesday that the state will be taking another step toward Phase 3 of reopening with larger outdoor event venues being able to open at 7 percent.

The next phase begins Oct. 2.

“We share this news today so those outdoor venues with seating capacity of more than 10,000 can begin preparations that are key to safely re-opening their doors to have a limited amount of socially distanced fans,” Cooper said.

Cooper also announced that some North Carolina small businesses that have experienced extraordinary disruption to their operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic may benefit from a $40 million relief program to help offset fixed costs like rent, mortgage interests and utility bills.

The N.C. Mortgage, Utility and Rent Relief (MURR), administered by the North Carolina Department of Commerce, can provide up to $20,000 in relief funds per qualifying business location. 

Here are the latest updates in local counties:

Gates: 128 cases — 3 deaths
Dare: 264 cases — 2 deaths
Currituck: 170 cases — 1 death
Pasquotank: 682 cases — 29 deaths
Perquimans: 179 cases — 3 deaths
Bertie: 554 cases — 8 deaths
Hertford: 707 cases — 27 deaths
Chowan: 313 cases — 3 deaths
Camden: 111 cases — 3 deaths

The NCDHHS recently launched a new exposure notification app to help slow the spread of the virus.

The SlowCOVID-19NC app leverages Google and Apple’s Exposure Notification System (ENS) to alert users in North Carolina that have the app if they have been in contact with someone who later tests positive for COVID-19.

The app, which is free to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, does not collect, store or share personal information or location data and allows the users to remain anonymous.

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