North Carolina preparing to receive, distribute Pfizer vaccine for free



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3:30 p.m. Tuesday: U.S. 13th District congressman Rep. Ted Budd has tested positive for the coronavirus. In a tweet, Budd said he has “very mild” symptoms.

3:05 p.m. Tuesday: Gov. Roy Cooper on Tuesday said the state is making plans and contacting health providers about distribution for a COVID-19 vaccine, which will be free to all who want it.

Cooper said North Carolina is preparing to receive the Pfizer vaccine that requires super-cold storage, and said he’s working on a plan to get it safely to rural areas.

Healthcare workers, people with severe illness, and people in long-term living facilities will be the first to get the vaccine, Cooper said.

12:10 p.m. Tuesday: More than 2,000 people are being treated in North Carolina hospitals for the novel coronavirus, the greatest number to date. The rate of positive tests for the virus reached 10.2{4deaea03d78349d2462fb96996a246ea5d0077172a16867ed072c7a64f0a268c} in the most recent report, a rate not seen since April.

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What’s New: Week of Nov. 29, 2020

  • More than 13.2 million people in the country have been infected with the virus and more than 266,000 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
  • Following a month of skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, the U.S. has reached its highest number yet of hospitalizations due to the virus.
  • The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday that the U.S. may see “surge upon a surge” of the coronavirus over the coming weeks, and he does not expect current recommendations around social distancing to be relaxed before Christmas.
  • Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.
  • North Carolina Numbers:As of Sunday, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports:

    • New cases: 2,883
    • Total cases: 367,395
    • Deaths: 5,284
    • Hospitalizations: 2,033
    • Completed tests: 5,322,548
    • Tests returned positive: 10.2{4deaea03d78349d2462fb96996a246ea5d0077172a16867ed072c7a64f0a268c}

      Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, said the goal for this benchmark is 5{4deaea03d78349d2462fb96996a246ea5d0077172a16867ed072c7a64f0a268c}.

      >>MAP: North Carolina coronavirus county alert system

    Piedmont Triad County Numbers:

    • Alamance County has 7,616 positive cases, 121 deaths
    • Alleghany County has 439 positive cases, 2 deaths
    • Caswell County has 854 positive cases, 7 deaths
    • Davidson County has 5,426 positive cases, 52 deaths
    • Davie County has 1,259 positive cases, 16 deaths
    • Forsyth County has 13,538 positive cases, 166 deaths
    • Guilford County has 16,987 positive cases, 239 deaths
    • Montgomery County has 1,435 positive cases, 43 deaths
    • Randolph County has 5,489 positive cases, 87 deaths
    • Rockingham County has 3,132 positive cases, 34 deaths
    • Stokes County has 1,179 positive cases, 17 deaths
    • Surry County has 2,839 positive cases, 44 deaths
    • Wilkes County has 2,733 positive cases, 51 deaths
    • Yadkin County has 1,563 positive cases, 14 deaths

    >> MAP: North Carolina COVID-19 cases by county

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