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85 additional deaths reported
At least 1,425,062 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 17,104 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.
The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 4,078 new COVID-19 cases, up from 3,781 on Thursday.
Eighty-five coronavirus-related deaths were added. While state health officials don’t specify the dates on which newly reported deaths occurred, data show nearly one-fifth of all coronavirus-related deaths in the state occurred over the last two months, The News & Observer reported Wednesday.
At least 2,467 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, including 676 adult patients who are being treated in intensive care units, health officials said.
On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 6.7% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Health officials say 5% or lower is the target rate to slow the spread of the virus.
Roughly 70% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 65% have been fully vaccinated. State officials round vaccination numbers to the nearest whole number.
Mask mandates slow COVID in NC schools, study finds
A new study examining 20 districts and nearly 800 K-12 schools in North Carolina over the summer found mask mandates helped curb the spread of COVID-19.
All of the districts in the study had mask mandates for summer school classes, McClatchy News reported. From June to August, there were nearly 13 times more infections outside school settings than in them, researchers said.
The study was conducted by the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham and the ABC Science Collaborative.
“The findings of this study are extremely encouraging for the health and safety of students and staff attending schools where universal masking is in place,” said study co-author Dr. Kanecia Zimmerman, co-chair of the ABC Science Collaborative. “The delta variant is more transmissible than previous ancestral variants, but transmission in schools can continue to be low with vaccination among those who are eligible, strict adherence to masking, and avoidance of pandemic fatigue.”
Charlotte teacher warned about masks before firing, school says
A fourth-grade teacher was warned about following the rules the day before before she was fired for violating a face mask policy at her Charlotte school, documents show.
Julia Haferman had said she was “dumbfounded, confused and blindsided” after she lost her job at Bradford Preparatory School.
But records obtained by the newspaper show she received a warning on Aug. 10 after not wearing a face mask during meetings with parents, The Charlotte Observer reported.
“This is the first and only warning regarding the wearing of masks,” officials wrote in a disciplinary form. “If this continues, termination of employment could occur.”
She reportedly wasn’t wearing a mask on Aug. 11, the day of her termination.
Workers fired for refusing vaccines may not get unemployment
North Carolina workers who lose their jobs over not getting COVID-19 vaccines may not receive jobless benefits, officials said.
“People who are fired or quit their jobs because they refuse to follow their employer’s vaccine requirement should not expect to receive unemployment benefits,” said Kerry McComber, spokesperson for the state Division for Employment Security. “One of the requirements for receiving unemployment benefits is that you became unemployed due to no fault of your own.”
Across the state, several major companies have added vaccine requirements in recent weeks. While some workers face termination for not meeting vaccination deadlines, jobless benefits were seen as a way for some people to stay afloat when the hospitality industry was hit hard earlier in the pandemic, The News & Observer reported Friday.
“Anyone may apply for benefits, but every claim is different,” McComber said. “And the Division of Employment Security determines eligibility on a case-by-case basis by considering the facts and circumstances of the claim.”
NC child care programs get $800M in COVID grants
Gov. Roy Cooper and U.S. Rep. David Price announced a new grant program Thursday for child care centers in North Carolina using $800 million in American Rescue Plan funds.
The program is designed to help stabilize child care centers racked by the COVID-19 pandemic, The News & Observer reported.
Qualifying centers will receive grants between $3,000 and $60,000 per quarter, depending on the size and star rating. They’ll be distributed as soon as November and last for 18 months.
Applications open Monday at ncchildcare.ncdhhs.gov/Home/Stabilization-Grants.
Red Hat gives employees vaccine deadline
Employees at the Raleigh technology company Red Hat have until Nov. 29 to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, the CEO said Thursday.
Red Hat previously required only employees coming in to the office to be vaccinated, The News & Observer reported. But CEO Paul Cormier said all employees must now get a COVID-19 vaccine because Red Hat is a government contractor and, under President Joe Biden’s executive order, all companies that do contract work for the government must have vaccinated workers.
The deadline means all employees must have gotten their last shot two weeks before Nov. 29.
NC schools warned about cooperating with health officials
North Carolina schools are being warned that they must cooperate with health officials about coronavirus-related matters.
“Under the law schools are required to work with local health departments to identify, contact trace and exclude children who may have contracted the disease or are suspected of contracting the disease, and also to identify those who have been exposed,” Allison Schafer, the N.C. State Board of Education’s general counsel, said Thursday.
In an effort to provide clarity, officials this week updated a document with legal requirements surrounding the pandemic, according to state health director Dr. Betsey Tilson.
Last month, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services warned Union County schools about possible legal action after the district’s school board voted to end some quarantines. The district eventually reached an agreement with its local health department that would allow for contact tracing and quarantines, The Charlotte Observer reported.
American Airlines sets vaccine deadline for workers
American Airlines, which has a major presence at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, set a deadline for workers to be fully vaccinated.
The carrier told U.S. employees they could be fired if they don’t have their vaccines by Nov. 24.
The airline, a government contractor under President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, has about 13,000 workers based at the Charlotte airport, The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday.
Duke shares COVID rules for basketball fans
Duke University is requiring basketball fans to wear face masks and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, with some exceptions.
The school shared official details about the plans on Thursday, before the men’s basketball season tips off with the Countdown to Craziness scrimmage on Oct. 15, The News & Observer reported.
Anyone older than 12 who isn’t fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must show proof of a negative test within 72 hours. Also, people ages 5 and older must wear face coverings when they’re not eating or drinking, the N&O reported.
The rules apply to anyone watching the Blue Devils men’s or women’s teams in Cameron Indoor Stadium, which was closed to fans last season as the coronavirus spread.
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