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New COVID-19 cases reported in Piedmont as state toll reaches 504 -Salem

New COVID-19 cases reported in Piedmont as state toll reaches 504


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>> THIS IS SPECIAL COVERAGE OF THE CORONAVIRUS IMPACT. BRIANA: WE BEGIN AT 5:00 WITH BREAKING NEWS, THE STATE IS REPORTING THE FIRST TWO DEATHS TIED TO THE CORONAVIRUS. GUILFORD COUNTY, THE CITY OF WINSTON-SALEM, AND THE VILLAGE OF CLEMENS HAVE ANNOUNCED STAY-AT-HOME ORDER’S. THE STATE IS REPORTING 500 POSITIVE TESTS. WE HAVE TEAM COVERAGE FOR YOU AS CREWS WORK FROM HOME TO TELL STORIES IN THE MIDST OF THIS PANDEMIC. KENNY BECK AND LANIE POPE ARE AT THEIR HOMES AND WE WILL GET TO THEM IN JUST A FEW MINUTES. BUT FIRST, BRANDON BATES IS LIVE IN GREENSBORO WITH WHAT THE CITY AND COUNTY ARE DOING BY ENFORCING THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. HOW DOES THIS IMPACT PEOPLE? BRANDON: MANY PEOPLE SAW THIS COMING IN BIGGER CITIES LIKE CHARLOTTE AND RALEIGH DID THE SAME THING. WE HEARD THIS ANNOUNCEMENT MOMENTS AGO FROM CITY LEADERS OF GREENSBORO AND HIGH POINT. MAYOR NANCY VAUGHAN, MAYOR JAY WAGGONER, THEY ARE THE ONES THAT DID THE MOST TALKING. WHAT THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER MEANS IS THAT STARTING ON FRIDAY AT 5:00 P.M., THIS WEEK, GREENSBORO AND HIGH POINT WILL BE UNDER THE STAY-AT-HOME ORDER. WINSTON-SALEM MADE A SIMILAR ANNOUNCEMENT. HERE IS WHAT IT MEANS FOR GUILFORD COUNTY. YOU MUST STAY HOME UNLESS YOU’RE PERFORMING AN ESSENTIAL TASK LIKE GROCERIES, MEDICATIONS, OR HELPING THE ELDERLY. YOU’RE STILL ALLOWED TO LEAVE YOUR HOME FOR THINGS LIKE EXERCISE, WALKING DOGS, JOGGING, GOLFING. YOU JUST HAVE TO’S — YOU JUST HAVE TO REMAIN SIX FEET AWAY FROM OTHERS. THIS INCLUDES PEOPLE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD, GAS STATION EMPLOYEES, TRUCK DRIVERS. THAT LIST GOES ON AND ON AS WELL. IF YOU WONDER IF YOU ARE AN ESSENTIAL WORKER OR IF YOUR BUSINESS HAS TO CLOSE, CONTACT GUILFORD COUNTY THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE. YOU CAN ALSO FIND ANSWERS STAYATHOME@GUILFORDCOUNTYNC.GOV. AGAIN THIS STAY AT HOME ORDER GOES INTO EFFECT THIS FRIDAY AT 5:00. THIS ORDER WILL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR GREENSBORO, WINSTON-SALEM AND HIGH POINT UNTIL APRIL 1 BRANDON BATES, WXII 12 NEWS. BRIANA: WINSTON-SALEM’S STAY AT HOME ORDER WILL TAKE EFFECT FRIDAY EVENING AT 5:00. IT WILL REMAIN IN PLACE UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 16. THERE ARE EXEMPTIONS FOR SOME BUSINESSES. MAYOR ALLEN JOINES SAYS HE ISSUED THE ORDER AFTER HOSPITAL LEADERS URGED HIM TO IN HOPES OF SLOWING THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY TO PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERNED.>> I THINK ALL OF US ARE SEEING OUR WORLDS UPSIDE DOWN GET BAC — AND THAT IS UNDERSTANDABLE. I AM HOPING BY US DOING THIS NOW, WE CAN IN THE SITUATION SOONER RATHER THAN LATER. BRIANA: THEY HAVE NOT DISCUSSED A STAY AT HOME ORDER FOR THE COUNTY BUT IT COULD BE A TOPIC AT TOMORROW’S WEEKLY MEETING. CLEMMONS STAY AT HOME ORDER WILL TAKE EFFECT ON FRIDAY AT 5:00. IT’S EXPECTED TO LAST NEARLY THREE WEEKS. THE ORDER IS ALSO TENTATIVELY SET TO LIFT ON THURSDAY APRIL 16. IT BANS RESIDENTS FROM TRAVELING OR HAVING GATHERINGS OF MORE THAN 10 PEOPLE. YOU STILL STILL BE ABLE TO GO SHOPPING GET FOOD FROM RESTAURANTS. AND WE’RE AWAITING THE LATEST UPDATE FROM THE WHITE HOUSE CORONAVIRUS TASK FORCE. AS THE U.S. TOPS 60,000 CASES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ACCORDING TO JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY WITH MORE THAN 800 DEATHS. WE’LL BRING YOU THIS UPDATE LIVE WHEN THE PRESIDENT AND HIS TASK FORCE ARRIVE. NORTH CAROLINA HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORT THE FIRST DEATHS FROM COVID-19. A PERSON FROM CABARRUS COUNTY DIED YESTERDAY FROM COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19. THE PATIENT WAS IN THEIR LATE 7TIES AND HAD SEVERAL UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS. A SECOND PERSON IN THEIR SIXTIES FROM VIRGINIA, WHO WAS TRAVELING THROUGH NORTH CAROLINA, ALSO DIED FROM CORONAVIRUS COMPLICATIONS. WE’RE LEARNING THERE ARE NEARLY 550 PEOPLE HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 IN NORTH CAROLINA. IN THE TRIAD WE’VE HAD 10 MORE , CORONAVIRUS CASES SINCE YESTERDAY. SIX MORE CASES IN GUILFORD, WHICH BRINGS THE TOTAL TO 22. THREE MORE CASES IN FORSYTH COUNTY FOR A TOTAL OF 17, INCLUDING THREE COMMUNITY SPREAD CASES. DAVIDSON COUNTY NOW HAS 3 CASES INCLUDING ITS FIRST COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION. ALAMANCE DROPPED FROM 3 TO TWO CASES. NOW THAT MANY OF YOU ARE HOME YOU MAY FIND YOUR INTERNET ISN’T WORKING AS WELL AS IT NORMALLY DOES. IT’S AN ISSUE SOME OF OUR WXII 12 FAMILY IS RUNNING INTO WHILE WORKING FROM A DISTANCE. OUR KENNY BECK IS INCLUDED HE’S ON HIS BACK PORCH. IT WHAT KIND OF PROBLEMS ARE YOU RUNNING INTO? KENNY: IT IS A CHALLENGE, FOR SURE. I HAVE MY FAMILY LAPTOP, MY WORK LAPTOP, MY WIFE HAS HER WORK LAPTOP. WE HAVE CHROME BOOKS IN ADDITION TO THINGS LIKE VIDEO GAMES, HOME ASSISTANCE, TABLETS, CELL PHONES. A LOT CLOGGING UP THESE PIPES. WHEN THE INTERNET PIPES GET CLOGGED, EVERYTHING SLOWS DOWN. I SET OUT TO FIND AFFORDABLE, REASONABLE SOLUTIONS. THE TAKE AWAY MESSAGE IS THERE IS NO REAL ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL SOLUTION. HE DID SAY THERE WAS ONE PARTICULAR PIECE OF HARDWARE THAT YOU MIGHT WANT TO FOCUS IN ON FIRST. IF YOU WANT TO SPEND MONEY, SPEND IT IN ONE DIRECTION RATHER THAN ANOTHER. WE WILL EXPLAIN WHAT HE’S TALKING ABOUT. WE REACHED OUT TO ONE OF THE BIGGEST HOME INTERNET PROVIDERS IN ALL OF THE PIEDMONTED TRIAD. THAT IS, OF COURSE, THE FOLKS AT SPECTRUM. AT THIS TIME, IT IS WELL BELOW THE CAPACITY AND STILL VERY MUCH IN THEIR ABILITY TO HANDLE. WE HAVE THE COMPLETE STORY COMING UP AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR. BRIANA: ON NBC NIGHTLY NEWS WITH LESTER HOLT DOCTORS DOING SOMETHING THEY’VE BEEN BEFORE CONSIDERED BUYING EMERGENCY SUPPLIES ON THE BLACK MARKET. — SOMETHING THAT THEY HAD NOT CONSIDERED BEFORE. TOM COSTELLO CONTINUES HIS IN-DEPTH REPORTING ON THE HEALTH CARE CRISIS WITH THIS ALARMING ADMISSION.>> SO WE HAVE TO GO OUT AND WE HAVE TO GO LITERALLY TO THESE BLACK MARKET BROKERS OR BLACK MARKET PIRATES AND WE ARE PAYI LIKE 400% TO 800% MARKUPS TO GET THE PROTECTIVE BARRIERS SO THAT I CAN FULFILL THE PROMISE OF PROTECTING OUR STAFF, OPEN THE DOORS, AND SEE PEOPLE. IT IS THE SHADY’S THING. ALL OF A SUDDEN, SOMEONE MEETS YOU, A SINGLE PERSON, THEY OPEN UP THE WAREHOUSE AND THEY SEE PALLETS AND PALLETS OF EQUIPMENT, GOWNS, MASKS. CLOROX WIPES. IT IS INSANE. BRIANA: THIS AS SOME DOCTORS FEAR PATIENTS WILL BE ALONE IN THE HOSPITAL AS THIS VIRUS SPREADS. THESE STORIES AND MORE COMING UP AT 6:30 ON NBC NIGHTLY NEWS. AFTER DAYS OF INTENSE DISCUSSIONS, SENATORS SAY THEY’RE READY TO PASS A BIPARTISAN AGREEMENT ON A HISTORIC RELIEF PACKAGE. IT’S AIMED AT HELPING AMERICANS OVERCOME THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. BRIE JACKSON IS IN WASHINGTON WITH WHERE THINGS STAND RIGHT NOW. REPORTER: BRIANA, AN AGREEMENT WAS REACHED IN THE EARLY MORNING HOURS. BUT DUE TO A LAST MINUTE SNAG , SENATORS ARE STILL WORKING OUT THE DETAILS OF THE LARGEST AID PACKAGE IN HISTORY. SENATORS SAY HELP IS ON THE WAY FOR AMERICANS IMPACTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS.>> STRUGGLING AMERICANS ARE GOING TO GO TO THEIR MAILBOXES AND FIND 4 FIGURE CHECKS TO HELP WITH THEIR BILLS. REPORTER: THE TWO TRILLION DOLLAR EMERGENCY RELIEF PACKAGE INCLUDES DIRECT PAYMENTS OF UP TO $1200 FOR INDIVIDUALS AND $2400 FOR COUPLES. IN ADDITION, WORKERS LAID-OFF OR FURLOUGHED BECAUSE OF THE VIRUS COULD RECEIVE UP TO FOUR MONTHS OF UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS.>> AND COULD MAKE THE DIFFERENCE IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS IN PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE AND GOING HUNGRY. REPORTER: FOR EMPLOYERS, THE PLAN PROVIDES ROUGHLY 350 BILLION FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND $500 BILLION TO CORPORATIONS. AND FOR THOSE ON THE FRONT LINES FIGHTING THE PANDEMIC –>> THIS AGREEMENT WILL INJECT 150 BILLION DOLLARS INTO THE HOSPITALS AND HEALTH SYSTEMS.>> THERE WILL BE MORE MASKS IN THEIR SUPPLIES CLOSETS, MORE FUNDING FOR THEIR HOSPITALS. REPORTER: THE BI-PARTISAN RESCUE DEAL HEADS TO THE HOUSE NEXT.>> I WANT TO MAKE SURE WE REVIEW IT BUT DO NOT SLOW IT DOWN, WANT TO BE ABLE TO SEND THIS TO THE PRESIDENT’S DESK AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. REPORTER: AS THE AID PACKAGE MOVES THROUGH CONGRESS, THE NUMBER OF CORONVIRUS CASES NATIONWIDE CONTINUES TO GROW. PRESIDENT TRUMP HOPES TO SLOW THE SPREAD ENOUGH TO REOPEN THE COUNTRY BY EASTER BUT LOCAL OFFICIALS AREN’T SO SURE.>> YOU CAN’T PUT A TIME FRAME ON SAVING PEOPLE’S LIVES. REPORTER: THE EMERGENCY A DEAL HEADS TO THE HOUSE WHERE IT FACES CHALLENGES, BUT PRESIDENT TRUMP IS EXPECTED TO SIGN OFF. IN WASHINGTON, BRIE JACKSON, WXII 12 NEWS. BRIANA: A TASK FORCE MADE UP OF NORTH CAROLINA LAWMAKERS IS WORKING ON THE ECONOMIC FALLOUT OF COVID-19. BILL O’NEIL JOINS US WITH MORE ON WHAT THEY ARE DOING. BILL: LAWMAKERS MEET NOT AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, BUT REMOTELY BY TELEPHONE. 75 LAWMAKERS CALLING IN FROM HOME. CHALLENGING TO SAY THE LEAST.>> THERE IS SOME PROBLEM HEARING SOME OF THE ANSWERS. BILL: THE AUDIO WASN’T ALWAYS THE BEST.>> I FEEL LIKE I’M GOING TO THE DRIVE THROUGH AT MCDONALD’S. BILL: ONE MESSAGE CAME THRU LOUD AND CLEAR, NORTH CAROLINA IS IN BETTER SHAPE THAN MANY OTHER STATES. NORTH CAROLINA HAS $4 BILLION IN RESERVES AND UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS, OVER $2 BILLION IN CASH ON HAND AND OVER $1 BILLION IN THE RAINY DAY FUND. ON A PLUMMETED BENEFITS ARE AMONG THE MOST FRUGAL IN THE COUNTRY. A MAXIMUM BENEFIT OF $350 A WEEK. THAT IS LESS THAN HALF OF WHAT SOME STATES PAY. NORTH CAROLINA ONLY OFFERS 12 WEEKS OF AN EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE, TIED WITH FLORIDA FOR THE SHORTEST NUMBER OF WEEKS. WE ASKED GUILFORD COUNTY LAWMAKER JON HARDISTER, A MEMBER OF THE TASK FORCE ON COVID-19 ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF IMPROVING UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. HE SAYS A LOT DEPENDS ON WHAT HELP IS PROVIDED BY CONGRESS.>> AT THIS POINT, WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE THAT WE WANT TO HELP AS MUCH AS WE CAN FOR AS LONG AS WE CAN. BILL: THAT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD CONSIDER. MORE WEEKS AND HIGHER PAY.>> YES. IT IS ALL ON THE TABLE. REPORTER: — BILL: ALSO ON THE TABLE, RAPID RECOVERY LOANS WITH ZERO INTEREST FOR 6-MONTHS UP TO $50,000. PLANS TO DELAY TAX AUDITS AND COLLECTIONS. AND POSTPONING SOME REGULATIONS, SUCH AS EXPIRED DRIVER’ LICENSES HELP CUTBACK LONG LINES AT THE DMV.>> I TELL PEOPLE TO BE OPTIMISTIC. IT IS A VERY DISCONCERTING SITUATION BUT ALL BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT ARE WORKING TOGETHER. THERE ARE NO POLITICS BEING PLAYED. BILL: RIGHT NOW THERE ARE NO PLANS FOR THE GOVERNOR TO CALL A SPECIAL SESSION OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY. BUT THE SITUATION CHANGES SO RAPIDLY, SO THAT COULD CHANGE ANYTIME.

New COVID-19 cases reported in Piedmont as state toll reaches 504

COVID-19 cases in the Piedmont Triad continue to develop as testing continues across North Carolina.There are 504 positive coronavirus cases in North Carolina as of Tuesday morning, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.Click the video player above for the latest coronavirus information from WXII 12 News.State health officials are reporting:Alamance County has three positive coronavirus casesDavie County has one positive coronavirus caseDavidson County has two positive coronavirus casesForsyth County has 17 positive coronavirus casesTwo are identified as community-spread11 of the cases are travel-relatedOne is under investigationGuilford County has 22 positive coronavirus casesMontgomery County has one positive coronavirus caseRandolph County has three positive coronavirus cases Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order goes into effect for non-essential business closures at 5 p.m. Wednesday.Multiple communities in the Piedmont Triad are issuing stay-at-home orders starting Friday at 5 p.m.Forsyth County has three new positive coronavirus case, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).Guilford County reported six new positive cases of COVID-19, according to the NCDHHS.The steps to preventing COVID-19 transmission are similar to the steps to preventing other respiratory illnesses like the flu. These steps include:Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.Avoid close contact with people who are ill.Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a bent elbow when you cough or sneeze.Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention but call in advance.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. —

COVID-19 cases in the Piedmont Triad continue to develop as testing continues across North Carolina.

There are 504 positive coronavirus cases in North Carolina as of Tuesday morning, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

Click the video player above for the latest coronavirus information from WXII 12 News.

State health officials are reporting:

  • Alamance County has three positive coronavirus cases
  • Davie County has one positive coronavirus case
  • Davidson County has two positive coronavirus cases
  • Forsyth County has 17 positive coronavirus cases
    • Two are identified as community-spread
    • 11 of the cases are travel-related
    • One is under investigation
  • Guilford County has 22 positive coronavirus cases
  • Montgomery County has one positive coronavirus case
  • Randolph County has three positive coronavirus cases

Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order goes into effect for non-essential business closures at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Multiple communities in the Piedmont Triad are issuing stay-at-home orders starting Friday at 5 p.m.

Forsyth County has three new positive coronavirus case, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS).

Guilford County reported six new positive cases of COVID-19, according to the NCDHHS.

The steps to preventing COVID-19 transmission are similar to the steps to preventing other respiratory illnesses like the flu. These steps include:

  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water, and for at least 20 seconds each time.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or a bent elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • Do not reuse tissue after coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention but call in advance.

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