Raleigh, N.C. — Here are the latest updates on the impact of the coronavirus outbreak in North Carolina and across the globe:
What you need to know:
Map of current NC cases
3:10 p.m.: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding nearly $919.2 million in grants to 6,906 health care providers and health systems in North Carolina to assist with the coronavirus response. The funding is part of the CARES Act that Congress passed last month.
2:30 p.m.: A third resident of PruittHealth’s Carolina Point nursing home in Durham has died of the coronavirus, officials said. Sixty-six residents at the facility, which is in Orange County, and 20 staff members have tested positive for the virus.
1:55 p.m.: Two workers at a Food Lion distribution center in Dunn have tested positive for coronavirus, according to a spokeswoman for Food Lion’s parent, Ahold Delhaize USA Co.
The first worker tested positive Wednesday and has been in isolation since then. The second case is unrelated to the first, as the worker is involved in the transportation operation at the warehouse, the spokeswoman said. Neither worker had close contact with anyone else or with food, she said.
1:40 p.m.: The U.S. Department of Transportation is providing $1 billion in emergency aid to Amtrak, which has seen ridership drop by 90 percent amid the coronavirus outbreak. Another $25 billion is being provided to public transportation systems nationwide to help them respond to the pandemic.
1:35 p.m.: The worldwide death toll from coronavirus has hit 100,000, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.
President Donald Trump said he expects the U.S. death toll to be far below the 100,000 predicted earlier because of “social distancing” efforts to limit the spread of the virus and because of a concerted health care response in hard-hit areas.
12:10 p.m.: The U.S. Department of Education is awarding $378.3 million to 142 North Carolina colleges, universities and post-secondary institutions as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act passed last month by Congress.
About $189.1 million of that total will be distributed immediately to provide direct emergency cash grants to college students for expenses related to disruptions to their education due to the pandemic.
11:50 a.m.: An employee of a Hardee’s restaurant in Fayetteville has tested positive for the new coronavirus, and public health officials in Cumberland and Harnett counties are working to find anyone who may have been in contact with the worker.
Anyone who was at the Hardee’s at 2309 Gillespie St. at the following times and who start to experience coughing and trouble breathing and have a fever need to isolate themselves:
- March 27, 5 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.
- March 28, 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- March 30, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- March 31, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- April 1, 5 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- April 2, 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- April 3, 5 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- April 4, 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
- April 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon
No other Hardee’s locations were affected. The Gillespie Street restaurant was providing only drive-thru and takeout service at all of the times mentioned.
11:45 a.m.: An employee at the Pilgrim’s Pride poultry processing plant in Sanford has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a letter sent to workers. The person is in isolation, and other workers in close contact have been quarantined.
“Our Sanford facility will remain open, and we are continuing enhanced sanitation every day,” the letter states. “We have also deep cleaned the impacted areas in our plant to further minimize risk and will mist all common areas, including the cafeteria, break rooms and bathrooms. You are making a difference at this critical time by providing safe, quality food for our friends, neighbors and country.”
11:40 a.m.: Virus-related deaths in Buncombe, Craven, Davidson, Forsyth, Guilford and Stanly counties have put the statewide death toll from the coronavirus at 80. More than 3,900 cases have been reported in North Carolina.
Map: Virus outbreaks in NC long-term care facilities
11:20 a.m.: A second Orange County nursing home has a major coronavirus outbreak. At least 30 cases have been reported at Signature HealthCARE of Chapel Hill, according to public health officials, and that number could grow, as all of the tests of residents and staff aren’t back yet.
PruittHealth’s Carolina Point facility in the Orange County portion of Durham has 66 residents and 20 staffers infected with the virus.
11:10 a.m.: The federal prison complex in Butner now has the most coronavirus cases of any federal prison nationwide at 76 – 59 inmates and 17 staffers – according to Bureau of Prisons statistics.
11 a.m.: A Raleigh artist known for his paintings of the Raleigh skyline, as well as iconic Raleigh landmarks and people, has turned his attention to New York City. His painting captures a moment in time, and something he never thought he would see happen in the U.S.
10:55 a.m.: Emerald Isle has put in place restrictions, including mandatory 14-day quarantines for anyone spending a night in the coastal town if they spent the previous night outside of Carteret County.
10 a.m.: Medical experts believe coronavirus is nearing its peak in the US–particularly in New York.
9:30 a.m.: Democrats blocked $250 billion in extra funds for small business aid. The proposal would add funds to the stimulus already in place, which is already forecast to run out of money.
The Senate tried to pass the bill through unanimous consent; however, democrats objected, wanting to add more money for hospitals and state governments, which Republicans wanted to block.
9:00 a.m.: While marijuana use is not yet legal in North Carolina, use of marijuana recreationally or medically is legal in many states. Studies show, however, that even occasional use of marijuana can increase risk of COVID-19 complications.
Officials urged people who have been using marijuana to ease anxiety during COVID-19 to be cautious.
8:30 a.m.: Close to 6,700 members of the NYPD, both police and civilian members, were out sick from COVID-19 over the weekend, according to officials.
Sadly 13 members of the NYPD have died from COVID-19 as of April 7.
Meanwhile, the New York City jails are releasing criminals onto the streets due to the jails being rampant with Coronavirus.
8:00 a.m.: One year ago today, Brightleaf Square in Durham was shaken by an explosion that led to loss of life and property, from which many businesses are still recovering. Many restaurants were forced to close after the blast.
In January, Saint James Seafood Restaurant re-opened its doors, but only a few months later, COVID-19 is dampening their financial recovery. Restaurants are only allowed to offer takeout due to stay-at-home orders.
Even with restrictions, Torero’s Mexican Restaurant said they will re-open their doors. The co-owners said they hope to open later this month and begin serving takeout.
7:30 a.m.: A former graduate from UNC is leading a team of scientists to try and find a vaccine for COVID-19. Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett is an immunologist whose family lives in Hillsborough. She earned her doctorate in immunolgy and microbiology from UNC in 2014, having previously earned degrees in biology and sociology.
7:00 a.m.: Franklin Graham–and North Carolina relief workers from his non-profit Samaritan’s Purse–has helped organize and set up a field hospital in Central Park in New York city.
Graham visited to pray with patients several days go, while relief workers from North Carolina spent their Good Friday and Easter providing hands-on assistance in the epicenter of COVID-19 in America.
6:30 a.m.: New York has more confirmed COVID-19 cases than China, Italy or Iran.
5:30 a.m.: With Good Friday and Easter Sunday celebrations planned for this weekend in the Triangle, Governor Cooper has continued to stress now is not the time for mass gatherings.
Since the stay-at-home order, churches have had to hold services online either live or recorded–this includes Good Friday and Easter Sunday.
5:00 a.m.: A hospital employee from eastern North Carolina has died due to complications from COVID-19.
The individual was a Craven County resident, who worked for CarolinaEast Medical Center.
Officials said she had significant chronic health problems. She was treated in the hospital where she worked, but unfortunately did not survive.
4:30 a.m.: Two nurses and two residents have tested positive for the coronavirus at Wellington Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Knightdale, the first long-term care facility in Wake County with an outbreak.
The two residents are hospitalized at WakeMed.
“We’re concerned about the potential for COVID-19 to spread rapidly among residents at the facility because many of the residents are older and have additional health conditions that put them at risk of serious illness if they contract the virus,” Wake County Medical Director Dr. Kim McDonald said in a statement.
Public health officials are testing all patients and staff who were in close contact with the four infected individuals, but the results likely won’t be back for seven to 10 days. Until then, staff are advised to wear personal protective equipment at all times, practice appropriate social distancing and frequently clean surfaces with disinfectant.