North Carolina Health News: COVID-free nursing homes fought hard to keep virus out

North Carolina Health News: COVID-free nursing homes fought hard to keep virus out. “More than 200 North Carolina nursing homes have succeeded in totally excluding COVID-19 infections. What did they do right? This is the first of two stories exploring what skilled nursing facilities can do and have done to prevent COVID infections for the people in their care.”

WRAL: Gov. Cooper COVID-19 update coming as NC records highest case numbers yet

WRAL: Gov. Cooper COVID-19 update coming as NC records highest case numbers yet. “North Carolina reported its highest number of new coronavirus cases — 4,514 — on Sunday as more people get tested before Thanksgiving. Gov. Roy Cooper will hold a press conference Monday afternoon. After limiting indoor gatherings from 25 to 10 people, the governor said last week that, if numbers don’t improve, some new restrictions might need to be enacted.”

Chapelboro: 5,000 North Carolinians Now Dead from COVID-19

Chapelboro: 5,000 North Carolinians Now Dead from COVID-19. “The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported Saturday nine new deaths of state residents from the coronavirus, bringing the state’s total number of casualties to 5,005. North Carolina’s cumulative total of positive cases now stands at 332,261 residents. It took the state less than two months to add another 1,000 deaths to its count, having passed the 4,000-death mark in mid-October.”

Cardinal & Pine: What’s It Like Being Back in a Classroom With COVID Booming? Scary, NC Parents Say.

Cardinal & Pine: What’s It Like Being Back in a Classroom With COVID Booming? Scary, NC Parents Say.. “COVID-19 cases in NC might still be on the rise, but thousands of elementary school students across the state have been gradually returning to the classroom over the past month. For parents, teachers, staff, administrators, and students in counties that opted for the hybrid ‘Plan B’ model, the transition back to in-person learning has brought both anxiety and excitement.”

WTVD: Gov. Cooper unveils COVID-19 county alert system, pushes counties to curb spread

WTVD: Gov. Cooper unveils COVID-19 county alert system, pushes counties to curb spread. ” Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday warned North Carolinians that the unfettered spread of the novel coronavirus could result in snapping back statewide restrictions on businesses, but for now endorsed the idea of a more regional approach. That included the debut of a color-coded map alerting all 100 counties in the state of their current COVID-19 predicament.”

CollectionBuilder: A New Way to Browse Our Digital Collections (State Archives of North Carolina)

State Archives of North Carolina: CollectionBuilder: A New Way to Browse Our Digital Collections. “CollectionBuilder is exciting because it allows us to take items that were already digitized and living in the North Carolina Digital Collections (NCDC) and present them to you in new ways. Our She Changed the World pilot project pulls from various digital collections and includes state publications, photographs, letters, oral histories, posters, and more all relating to the subject of women’s history in North Carolina. Think of it almost like a digital exhibit, using a curated selection of records from our collections to highlight a specific topic.”

WRAL: More students, less social distance in Wake County classrooms come Monday

WRAL: More students, less social distance in Wake County classrooms come Monday. “Monday will be a big day for Wake County elementary schools. After weeks of limited class size and rotation between in-school and remote learning, students in kindergarten through third grade will return to class — all together, every day. Wake County will go from having 8,000 elementary students back in the classroom to roughly 24,000 special-ed regional students and PreK-3 students. They’ll also see the social distance requirement reduced — from 6 feet to 3 feet.”

WRAL: NC’s COVID hospitalizations hits yet another all-time high. Here’s who is the sickest

WRAL: NC’s COVID hospitalizations hits yet another all-time high. Here’s who is the sickest. “On Thursday, the state had 1,279 people being treated in hospitals for the virus, topping the record of 1,246 set a day earlier. New infections declined slightly on Thursday, to 2,893, from Wednesday’s record of 3,119, but the rolling, seven-day average of new cases rose to a record of 2,542 per day over the last week – numbers that could point to a continued increase in the need for COVID-related hospital care.”

News & Observer: Company agrees to pay $150,000 to settle claims of N95 mask price gouging in NC

News & Observer: Company agrees to pay $150,000 to settle claims of N95 mask price gouging in NC. “A New Jersey company has agreed to pay $150,000 to the state to settle claims that it violated North Carolina’s price gouging law when it tried to sell masks and other personal protective equipment at inflated prices last spring.”

COVID-19: ‘The virus is winning’ in Gaston County (Gaston Gazette North Carolina)

Gaston Gazette (North Carolina): COVID-19: ‘The virus is winning’ in Gaston County. “If you’re looking for a sunny vision of where Gaston County stands in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, CaroMont Health Dr. Erik Schuls is not the man you want to speak with. Schuls has been on the front lines of the COVID fight for the past eight months as CaroMont Regional Medical Center’s medical director for hospitalist services and physician administrator of the acute care service line. He is grim in his assessment of where the county stands now and blunt in his prescription for what needs to be done to slow the spread of the virus.”

My Journal Courier: N. Carolina artists face fears, change tactics in pandemic

My Journal Courier: N. Carolina artists face fears, change tactics in pandemic. “For many Wilmington-area artists like [Linda] Callison, selling work at markets and festivals is the lifeblood of their business. The Wilmington area has seen the cancelation of major festivals, including the Azalea Festival, Autumn With Topsail and Riverfest, among numerous others. It’s a revenue stream that has been largely eliminated this year due to COVID-19 precautions. Facing upended schedules and COVID-19-wary buyers, Wilmington artists have had to get creative to make ends meet.”

With coronavirus concerns a factor, it’s all tied up in North Carolina: Poll (ABC News)

ABC News: With coronavirus concerns a factor, it’s all tied up in North Carolina: Poll. “Coronavirus concerns lift former Vice President Joe Biden in North Carolina while the state’s sizable evangelical and rural populations pull for President Donald Trump, producing a dead-heat contest in a state that’s backed Democratic presidential candidates just twice in the last half century.”

WRAL: NC reports highest single-day number of new coronavirus cases

WRAL: NC reports highest single-day number of new coronavirus cases. “North Carolina reported 2,532 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Thursday, the highest single-day total since the pandemic began. To date, 239,939 people have tested positive for the virus in North Carolina out of a population of about 10 million. While most people recover – at least 206,471 are assumed recovered to date, or 86% – almost 4,000 North Carolinians have died of COVID-19 in the past seven months.”