Live Updates: Coronavirus In North Carolina

Live Updates: Coronavirus In North Carolina

12:40pm Jun 15, 2021

WFDD reporters will update this page with the latest news of the coronavirus in North Carolina. Scroll down for older updates. 

 (For the latest on testing and percent positives, click here.)

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June 15, 2021

5:09 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting 7 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,839. There have been a total of 406 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

Click here for more information and FAQs.

4:52 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 5 new COVID-19 cases, and 13 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,317.

3:21 p.m.

Novant Health announced today that it has administered over 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, which represents more than 253,000 fully vaccinated individuals.

12:40 p.m.

The Yadkin County Public Health Department is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru event on June 17 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. There will be 100 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine available on a first come, first serve basis.

The drive-thru will be located at Union Cross Friends Church at 2533 Union Cross Church Road, Yadkinville, NC. Event organizers are asking the public to not arrive until 4 p.m.

11:00 a.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is launching an expanded COVID-19 screening testing program to support public, charter and private K-12 schools. It will provide access to COVID-19 rapid tests as well as additional testing options, and also give financial support to hire additional school health staff. A statewide vendor providing testing services will be available to all schools.

Registration for the program will begin in July, and it will roll out this fall. It is supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This summer, NCDHHS will pilot the expanded COVID-19 screening testing program in several summer school programs and work with a team of community stakeholders in preparation for the 2021-22 school year.

June 14, 2021

3:20 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 43 new COVID-19 cases, and 14 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,312.

2:52 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,832. There have been a total of 406 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

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June 11, 2021

3:55 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper has issued an Executive Order extending measures currently in place to respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic until July 30. These include current mask rules and gathering limits.

It also continues the state of emergency which allows regulatory flexibility for the NC Department of Health and Human Services. This allows for an increase in the number of people authorized to administer COVID-19 vaccines and tests.

3:00 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 14 new COVID-19 cases, and 22 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,250.

2:25 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting 17 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,790. There have been a total of 401 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

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11:17 a.m.

As of June 8, the City of Greensboro has provided 1,000 Greensboro households a total of more than $4 million for unpaid rent and/or utilities under the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP), adopted to assist people financially affected by COVID-19. More people will receive assistance as about $7 million in additional funding has been allocated to Greensboro under the American Rescue Plan.

The additional $7,081,065 will be rolled into the same application process the City’s Neighborhood Development Department has been using since kicking off ERAP more than two months ago. Individuals may apply here

June 10, 2021

5:55 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting no new COVID-19 cases, and 22 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,236.

5:50 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,773. There have been a total of 401 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

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3:55 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper has announced a cash drawing to motivate North Carolinians to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Four vaccinated residents 18 and older will win $1 million each, and four North Carolinians ages 12 to 17 will win $125,000 for post-secondary education. The tuition prize can be used at any institution and will be awarded in the form of a NC 529 account.

North Carolinians who have already received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine will be automatically entered into these drawings for a cash prize.

The $4 Million Summer Cash and Summer Cash 4 College Drawings will run from June 23 through August 4. 

North Carolina joins other states that announced million-dollar drawings to promote vaccinations. Ohio, the first state to launch this type of program, reported a 28 percent increase in vaccinations among those 16 and older in the first two weeks following the announcement. 

Executive Order 219, which has concurrence from the North Carolina Council of State, authorized the drawings.

2:20 p.m.

Governor Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are holding a media briefing at 3:00 p.m. to share updates on COVID-19. Listen on 88.5 WFDD or watch live on our blog.

June 9, 2021

5:40 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 28 new COVID-19 cases, and 22 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,236.

3:50 p.m.

Wake Forest Baptist Health has updated its visitation policy. These changes apply to all Wake Forest Baptist locations, with the exception of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who are considered a patient under investigation.

All visitors undergo screenings for symptoms of respiratory illness and must continue to properly wear a mask that covers the nose, mouth and chin while in any Wake Forest Baptist facility. Children may not visit hospitalized patients but families with special situations should contact their care team and attending physician.

Adult inpatients:

One healthy adult family member or support person may stay overnight with adult patients who are hospitalized. Two healthy adult family members or visitors may accompany or visit the patient between the hours of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. Family members and visitors may switch during the same day.

Pediatric patients:

Two healthy parents or legal guardians may continue to stay with pediatric patients at all times. This includes children who are hospitalized, undergoing same-day procedures or surgeries, or visiting the Brenner Children’s emergency department or outpatient clinics.

Expectant mothers:

Two healthy adult family members or visitors are permitted for the patient’s entire stay. Family members and visitors may switch during the same day. A labor coach or doula counts as one of the two visitors. For cesarean section deliveries, only one visitor may accompany the patient during the C-section and a labor coach is not permitted. Once patients are moved to a room, they may have two healthy adult visitors.

Adult emergency department patients:

Adult patients visiting the emergency department may have one healthy adult visitor accompany them as long as the lobby remains at a safe seating capacity. Visitors may switch during the visit.

If the lobby exceeds a safe seating capacity, only essential visitors who are assisting with mobility or communication needs may remain in the lobby, and all other visitors must remain outside the emergency department until the patient is placed in a treatment space.

Full visitation guidelines can be found at wakehealth.edu/Coronavirus/Visitor-Restrictions.

2:10 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting 65 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,762. There have been a total of 401 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

Click here for more information and FAQs.

1:15 p.m.

A pandemic rent and utilities assistance application fair will be held this Saturday, June 12, in Winston-Salem. Qualifying residents who are behind on these bills can apply for assistance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Benton Convention Center.

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program provides assistance with rent and utilities including electricity, water, natural gas, propane and internet. The program is open to all renters in Forsyth County who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and have a household income 80 percent or less of the area median income. The median varies by household size but is $53,400 for a family of four.

Organizers are requesting that applicants with last names starting with letters A through H come between 9 and 10 a.m..; letters I through P between 10 and 11 a.m..; and letters Q through Z between 11 a.m. and noon. The fair will run through 1 p.m.

Applicants should bring identification, proof of income, lease agreement, and any eviction notices or utility bill statements. A self-written explanation of financial hardship is also encouraged.

More information, including a chart of income limits by household size and FAQs, is posted at CityofWS.org/ERAP. The webpage also has a link to apply directly online or by telephone.

June 8, 2021

5:05 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting 26 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,697. There have been a total of 401 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

Click here for more information and FAQs.

3:39 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 17 new COVID-19 cases, and 22 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,208.

3:21 p.m.

Wake Forest Baptist Health is now offering COVID-19 vaccinations at a number of adult and pediatric primary care clinics throughout the region and plans to make the vaccine available at more of its primary care locations in the coming weeks.

People who wish to receive the vaccine do not need to be Wake Forest Baptist patients.

An updated list of locations, vaccine type and age availability can be found at www.wakehealth.edu/vaccine. Appointments are required and can be scheduled online through myWakeHealth or by calling 336-70-COVID (336-702-6843).

June 7, 2021

4:10 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 59 new COVID-19 cases, and 20 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,191.

2:43 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting 12 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,671. There have been a total of 401 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

Click here for more information and FAQs.

11:53 a.m.

The Yadkin County Public Health Department will be holding a Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Friday, June 11th from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Department will be giving the single-dose at the Yadkin County Medical Clinic located at 320 West Maple Street, Suite B, in Yadkinville, NC.

June 4, 2021

3:59 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 44 new COVID-19 cases, and 21 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,132.

3:46 p.m. 

Forsyth County is reporting 13 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,635. There have been a total of 395 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

Click here for more information and FAQs.

9:41 a.m.

Guilford County Parks will host the 14th annual Fireworks Extravaganza at Northeast Park, 3441 Northeast Park Dr., Gibsonville. Now that North Carolina has lifted all indoor and outdoor capacity requirements and masks and social distancing are no longer required, the annual Fourth of July event will take place on Saturday, July 3. The fireworks were canceled in 2020 as part of pandemic restrictions.

June 3, 2021

5:09 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 42 new COVID-19 cases, and 23 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,088.

4:18 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,622. There have been a total of 389 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

Click here for more information and FAQs.

3:34 p.m.

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services today announced more than 80% of adults 65 and older in the state have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

"Achieving 80% of older adults vaccinated is an important milestone in our fight against COVID-19," said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. "We are not done yet. Let's continue to protect each other by taking our shot against this virus and bringing summer back to North Carolina."

9:38 a.m.

Guilford County Parks will open all aquatic centers at full capacity beginning June 5. The county suggests using the facilities on weekdays to avoid large crowds. The centers also encourage wearing a mask during ticketing and sale transactions, and while walking on the pool deck. Masks are not required while on pool chairs and prohibited while swimming. 

For more information on Guilford County Parks aquatic centers, visit the website or call 336-641-7275. 

June 2, 2021

4:57 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 18 new COVID-19 cases, and 23 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 711 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,046.

4:05 p.m

The N.C. Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program is open for a second application period to assist very low-income renters that are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. Very low-income is defined as earning less than or equal to 50 percent of the area median income for the county where the renter lives. The HOPE Program provides rent and utility bill assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections.

The current HOPE Program is serving renters in 88 North Carolina counties. Twelve additional counties and five tribal governments received money directly from the federal government to operate their own programs.

According to a press release from Governor Roy Cooper’s office and the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, in the last two weeks, more than 8,000 people have applied for this financial assistance and as of Wednesday, $9.5 million has been awarded. Payments are expected to continue to go out on a rolling basis every business day. Previous applicants who received help can re-apply if they still need assistance.

3:45 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting four new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,617. There have been a total of 388 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

Click here for more information and FAQs.

2:30 p.m.

Governor Cooper, members of the Coronavirus Task Force, and the NC Office of Resiliency and Recovery are holding a media briefing at 3:00 p.m. to share updates on COVID-19 and rent and utility assistance. Listen on 88.5 WFDD or watch live on our blog.

8:40 a.m.

The Guilford County Division of Public Health (GCDPH) has been selected by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) as one of four counties to host a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program.

Beginning Tuesday, June 1 through June 8, the GCDPH will offer $25 cash cards to anyone aged 18 and older who:

- Completes a first-dose vaccination appointment.
- Transports an individual to their vaccination appointment (limit of one cash card per visit).
- Those transporting individuals to the vaccine clinic must attest that they are not a driver for a transportation service such as Uber, Lyft, or a taxi company.

Cash cards will be provided to the GCDPH by the NCDHHS and will remain available while supply lasts.

Cash card incentives will only be available at the Guilford County Greensboro Coliseum vaccination site (1921 W. Gate City Blvd, Greensboro, NC 27403).

Community members should note that cash card incentives are only available on the Guilford County side of the Greensboro Coliseum site. Cash cards will not be distributed to those scheduled for appointments through Cone Health, who also hosts vaccine clinics at the Greensboro Coliseum.

June 1, 2021

4:15 p.m.

Forsyth County is reporting 6 new cases of COVID-19 today. The total number of cases is 36,613. There have been a total of 388 deaths from the novel coronavirus reported in the county. 

Click here for more information and FAQs.

3:34 p.m.

The Guilford County Department of Public Health is reporting 105 new COVID-19 cases, and 24 current hospitalizations. GCDPH has verified a total of 710 COVID-19 deaths.

The total case count for the county is 47,028.

Click here for previous updates.

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