Coronavirus update: North Carolina – Saturday, April 11

MORE THAN 4,000 CASES

North Carolina has at least 4,088 reported cases of coronavirus as of Saturday morning, and 84 people have died, according to state and county records.

More than 240 new cases were reported Friday.

Mecklenburg County has 913 reported cases and 12 deaths, the most in the state. Guilford County has the second-highest number of deaths, with nine.

The Triangle has seen fewer deaths, with none reported in Wake County. Durham and Orange counties each have one reported death, and Johnston County has four.

At least 423 people across North Carolina were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

UNEMPLOYMENT

A staggering one-tenth of the workforce in North Carolina has applied for unemployment benefits in the past three weeks.

About 510,000 people have filed jobless claims since mid-March, but that number doesn’t “reflect all the state’s job losses — just the number of people who have filed for unemployment,” The News & Observer reports.

TRANSGENDER STUDENTS

Transgender students in North Carolina say they are worried about their privacy and safety as public schools switch to online teaching.

Public schools across the state use a version of the PowerSchool system that lists each student’s legal name and gender.

More than 300 students, educators and parents sent a letter to the state schools superintendent urging schools to update the system to allow transgender students to list their preferred name and gender.

NURSING HOME OUTBREAK

Four residents at nursing home in Mecklenburg County were diagnosed with COVID-19, health officials said Friday.

The outbreak is at the Pavilion Health Center in Ballantyne. Two of the residents reportedly showed mild symptoms, and two did not experience symptoms at all.

At least 29 nursing homes and residential care facilities in North Carolina have seen coronavirus outbreaks, according to the state.

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