Coronavirus in North Carolina: Updates on cases, phases, schools

For immediate questions, call the North Carolina Coronavirus Hotline at 866-462-3821 or 2-1-1.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — WFMY News 2 is providing daily coronavirus updates with the latest information from emergency leaders, the state’s task force, health departments, universities, school districts, and a lot more.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

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10 a.m. — Dr. Larry Givner with Brenner Children’s Hospital will provide insight and discuss recent American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines on when children should receive the flu shot and the importance of it.

FREE DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 TESTING EVENTS HAPPENING TUESDAY

  • 5 to 7 p.m. at the health department on 1100 East Wendover Avenue in Greensboro
  • Heavy traffic expected; please make appointment in advance
  • Call 336-641-7527 to schedule an appointment
  • 4 to 7 p.m. at the Grubb Family YMCA on 609 Trindale Road in Trinity
  • Star Med Healthcare will perform a nasal swab test
  • Patients will get results via text within three days
  • Optional rapid blood antibody testing will be offered for a fee of $50.00
  • For questions, call the Randolph County COVID-19 hotline at 336-318-6227

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2020

12 p.m. — Rockingham County Schools is holding a press conference at noon to address three school closures due to COVID-19 cases. Western Rockingham Middle School, Holmes Middle School, and Reidsville Middle School are all closed for the next two weeks. Students will do virtual learning while the buildings are closed. 

  • Rodney Shotwell, RCS Superintendent, said one classroom has been closed in Rockingham Middle School because the COVID-19 exposure was limited to that space. Three other schools have been closed because of more potential exposures between classrooms and hallways. 
  • Shotwell said a staff member at Holmes Middle tested positive for the virus. 
  • Shotwell said he believes opening schools across the county last week was needed for the mental health of both students and teachers. 
  • Shotwell said it’s a joint effort between the schools and parents to lower the spread of COVID-19. He said if parents believe their child was exposed to coronavirus, they should contact the school and have their child stay home. 


Noon – NCDHHS releases Monday’s latest coronavirus numbers

  • 208,248 CASES (868 NEW CASES)
  • 203,568 MOLECULAR CASES
  • 4,680 ANTIGEN CASES
  • 2,999,853 COMPLETED TESTS with 5.3% POSITIVE
  • 184,422 PRESUMED RECOVERIES as of MONDAY
  • 897 PEOPLE CURRENTLY HOSPITALIZED

Visit NCDHHS’ website for more information on new statistics and data.

9 a.m. — Guilford County Public Health Department is hosting several free COVID-19 testing events this week, starting Monday. 

  • Testing is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 1100 East Wendover Avenue in Greensboro
  • Testing is by appointment only. You must call 336-641-7527 ahead of time.

Two Triad schools close due to COVID-19 cases: 

Two Rockingham County middle schools will transition back to remote learning on Monday. District officials said Reidsville Middle School and Holmes Middle School are both closed until Oct. 11 due to COVID-19 cases. District officials haven’t said if the cases are from students or teachers, but principals for both schools said those who were exposed have been notified. K-8 students in Rockingham County just went back to in-person learning last Monday. The closure only affects Reidsville Middle and Holmes Middle. 

The latest on COVID-19 in North Carolina: 

New COVID-19 cases in North Carolina dropped Sunday to more than 1,200 cases. This brings the statewide total to more than 207,000 confirmed cases. That number includes at least 176,000 presumed recoveries. North Carolina hospitalization numbers remain stable with at least 917 people in statewide hospitals as of Sunday. The percent positive is staying near the state’s goal line of 5%. 5.1% of tests conducted Friday were positive.

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FACTS NOT FEAR

Remember facts, not fear when talking about the coronavirus. You should take the safety measures recommended by health leaders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Abide by the three W’s. That means wearing a mask, washing your hands, and waiting at least six feet from another person. You also want to avoid touching your face and make sure to cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw it away.

WHERE YOU GET INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS IS IMPORTANT

It is important to make sure the information you are getting about the coronavirus is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS. Be careful not to spread misinformation about coronavirus on social media. 

For more information visit the CDC OR NCDHHS

NC CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE 

The state also has a special hotline set up where you can call 866-462-3821 for more information on the coronavirus. You can also submit questions online at ncpoisoncontrol.org or select chat to talk with someone about the virus.

You can also text keyword VIRUS to WFMY News 2 at 336-379-5775 for the latest.

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