Coronavirus Updates: North Carolina – Monday, April 6

CASES CONTINUE TO CLIMB

North Carolina has at least 2,677 reported cases of the coronavirus as of Monday morning, and 39 people have died, according to state and county health departments.

The state identified 183 new cases on Sunday.

More than 260 people in North Carolina were hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Sunday evening, and more than 40,000 had been tested for the virus, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

More than 90 of the state’s 100 counties have at least one reported case of the coronavirus.

Mecklenburg County, considered an epicenter of the virus in North Carolina, has the most reported cases in the state, with 665.

Wake County has 308 reported cases, and Durham County has 188.

OUTBREAK AT ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY

Nearly two dozen people have tested positive for COVID-19 at an assisted living facility in Henderson County, officials said Sunday.

The 23 cases are linked to workers and residents at Cherry Springs Village, which “has adhered to aggressive infection-control policies” since February, a facility spokesperson said in a statement to The News & Observer.

The new cases were reported the day after Johnston County announced three residents and a worker at Springbrook Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Clayton had tested positive for the virus.

Eight nursing homes and four residential care facilities in North Carolina have COVID-19 outbreaks.

MORE INMATES TEST POSITIVE

Three more inmates at North Carolina prisons tested positive for the coronavirus, officials said Sunday.

An inmate tested positive at Johnston Correctional Institution in Smithfield, marking the facility’s first reported case. Two at Neuse Correctional Institution tested positive, bringing its total to four cases among inmates.

With the new cases, seven state inmates have now tested positive.

North Carolina prisons are working to get face masks, cleaners and other supplies to slow the spread of the virus.

N.C. inmates are making disinfectant at Correction Enterprises plants inside various state prisons — including the Warren Correctional Institution — to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Watch the process here. 

SENIOR HOURS AT LIQUOR STORES

Ten Charlotte-area liquor stores will start opening early to seniors this week.

Starting April 7, only customers who are 65 or older will be allowed in the stores between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays so they can “feel a little safer coming in,” Mecklenburg County ABC Commission CEO Jason Hughes said.

Some grocery stores have implemented similar policies.

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