Coronavirus update: North Carolina – Monday, May 4

At least 11,743 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus as of Monday morning, and 432 have died, according to state and county health departments.

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 155 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, down from 568 the day before, which has been the highest single-day increase since the beginning of the outbreak in the state.
As of Sunday, North Carolina was averaging 405 new daily cases over the last seven days.

At least 475 North Carolinians were hospitalized with COVID-19 Sunday, the first time in four days that less than 500 daily hospitalizations were reported.

On Sunday, the state was averaging 508 hospitalizations a day over the last seven days.

MONEY FOR RESEARCH

The $1.57 billion coronavirus relief plan approved by North Carolina legislators includes money to work on vaccines, perform antibody tests and track the spread of of COVID-19 symptoms.

More than $85 million would be set aside in the plan, which legislators sent to Gov. Roy Cooper over the weekend.

Wake Forest Baptist Health hopes to give antibody tests to thousands of people across the state, Dr. John Sanders, chief of infectious diseases at the health system, told The News & Observer.

Under the plan, the Duke University Human Vaccine Institute would receive funding to test the safety of coronavirus vaccines.

Other universities in the state would also receive money for research.

INFORMATION FROM PRISONS

A judge ordered officials to provide detailed information about how coronavirus outbreaks will be prevented at North Carolina state prisons.

The ruling, from Superior Court Judge Vinston Rozier, was in response to a lawsuit filed by advocacy groups in North Carolina, including the state NAACP.

By May 8, prisons will be required to give information on whether they provide the following: face masks for inmates, more than one mask per person, unlimited access to sanitation supplies and living conditions that help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, The Charlotte Observer reports.

More than 1,000 cases of COVID-19 and nine deaths have been reported at state and federal prisons and local jails across North Carolina.

SOME MALLS TO REOPEN THIS WEEK

Some of the largest malls in North Carolina have plans to reopen this week.

Simon Property Group says SouthPark and Concord Mills malls and Charlotte Premium Outlets will reopen on Friday, the same day Gov. Roy Cooper’s statewide stay-at-home order is set to expire. Carolina Premium Outlets in Johnston county are also set to reopen that day, according to the company.

The plan to reopen the malls is based on “current state and/or local stay-at-home or closure orders, which are subject to change,” Simon said in a statement.

Numerous safety measures will be in place, according to the company.

99TH COUNTY REPORTS CORONAVIRUS CASE

Ninety-nine of North Carolina’s 100 counties now have a reported case of the coronavirus.

Yancey County, along the Tennessee border in Western North Carolina, has reported a case, according to state officials. That leaves Avery County, also in the western part of the state, as the only county without a reported case, The News & Observer reports.

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