NC Coronavirus Live Updates: Children Start Getting COVID Vaccines
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Over 1,900 cases added
At least 1,489,653 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 18,251 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 1,997 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, up from 2,201 on Thursday.
As of Friday, 40 coronavirus-related deaths were reported. Health officials do not specify the dates on which the newly reported deaths occurred.
At least 1,144 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday, including 340 adult patients in intensive care units, health officials said.
On Wednesday, the latest date with the information available, 4% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Health officials say 5% or less is the target rate for slowing the spread of the virus.
About 71% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 67% have been fully immunized. State officials round vaccination numbers to the nearest whole number.
Biden vaccine, test warrant in North Carolina
North Carolina is one of several dozen states in the United States that have their own state-run OSHA program to protect workers, complicating how the COVID-19 vaccine and testing l Biden administration will take effect.
The state’s Department of Labor can choose how, or if, it will implement the mandate, The News & Observer reported. He has 15 days from November 5 to respond to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration with his decision.
North Carolina labor commissioner Josh Dobson said his department was reviewing the rule. In the meantime, he has expressed some concern about the rule, pointing to his ministry’s ability to enforce it.
âWe anticipate legal action at the state and federal levels, which could impact NCDOL’s next steps,â Dobson said. “I am exploring all possible avenues and will pursue the option that best serves the collective interests of North Carolina employers and workers.”
Despite cold temperatures, COVID leaves Asheville homeless homeless
Despite the freezing temperatures expected overnight this weekend, COVID concerns have left homeless people in the Asheville area without the option of community shelter, WLOS reported.
On Facebook Thursday, the Asheville Homeless Coalition posted its first Code Purple extreme cold temperature warning of the season for Friday and Saturday.
âThere is no shelter option at the moment, but it’s legitimately in the works for the middle of the month,â wrote Tracey Childers, co-chair of the Asheville-Buncombe Homeless Coalition. âIn the meantime, please support the outreach efforts in the community. “
âBasically, not having a place in the community for people means they are going to be on the streets,â Tim McElyea of ââAsheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry told station.
McElyea said no shelters were available this weekend as many homeless people are not vaccinated, although efforts continue to get them vaccinated.
The ministry intends to open a Code Purple shelter for men around December 1, he said.
A low of 32 degrees was expected in Asheville on Friday evening and 31 degrees on Saturday evening, according to the National Weather Service forecast on Friday afternoon.
COVID has delayed the opening of a German brewery in Charlotte. Here is the last one.
One of Germany’s oldest brewers said it was unable to open its first US brewery in Charlotte during Oktoberfest due to COVID-19 delays.
Gilde Brewery now plans to open in mid-December, President Mike Gaertner told the Charlotte Observer on Wednesday.
The brewery at 3530 Dewitt Lane in the Lower South End will be the 475-year-old brewer’s first expansion outside of Hanover, Germany, the Observer previously reported.
The pandemic has also caused further delays for Gilde.
Gaertner said he started planning to open Gilde in Charlotte two years ago, but had to return to Germany last year due to the pandemic. He said he used this time to find the property and continue planning.
NC wants quarantined students to get excused absence
The State Board of Education on November 4 approved a change to its attendance policy that allows excused absences for students who must quarantine or self-isolate from the coronavirus.
Previous policy only considered her an excused absence if quarantine or isolation was ordered by a local public health official or the state health board, The News & Observer reported. The policy now states that it is an excused absence if a student misses school as a “required national or local control measure”.
The change came after school districts, lawmakers and parents worried about unjustified student absences.
“Obviously, we don’t want our students to be counted as an unexcused absence for doing what they should be doing, which is quarantining when they’ve been exposed to COVID,” said Allison Schafer, general counsel for the State Board of Education.