NC Coronavirus Live Updates: 544 New COVID Cases Reported
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Over 500 new cases reported
At least 1,006,809 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 13,230 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 544 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, up from 299 the day before.
Eighteen additional deaths have also been reported. Deaths do not necessarily occur on the day the state reports them. The state’s health department revises its daily figures as more information becomes available.
At least 554 people were hospitalized for the coronavirus on Wednesday.
As of Wednesday, 2.7% of coronavirus tests were declared positive. Health officials say 5% or less is the target rate for slowing the spread of the virus.
About 54% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine and about 50% are fully vaccinated on Monday, the latest date for which data is available. The state health department rounds immunization numbers to the nearest whole number.
Charlotte woman accused of selling fake COVID cure
A South Charlotte woman who owned a holistic health business is accused of peddling a fake COVID-19 cure.
Diana Daffin, 68, is due in court in August. She was arrested in May after federal officials said she shipped the suspected remedy, a drug known as HAMPL, to an undercover agent, The Charlotte Observer reported.
Daffin runs Savvy Holisti Health in Charlotte.
Mecklenburg Prison allows in-person visits for Father’s Day
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office said on Wednesday that the detention center would reopen for non-contact in-person visits from Friday, June 18 through Sunday, June 20, for Father’s Day.
This will be the first time since the start of the pandemic in March 2020 that those imprisoned will be allowed to receive visits.
“Safe, humane and professionally managed detention operations are a core function of my office,” said Sheriff Garry L. McFadden. “Being able to reconnect families and friends with residents over Father’s Day weekend will strengthen social bonds and comfort those held in our detention center. “
Wake High Schools Celebrate With In-Person Graduation
Most high schools in Wake County will be holding in-person graduation ceremonies this week, marking the end of a tumultuous school year largely spent online.
Seniors from Broughton, Millbrook, South Garner and Wake Forest High Schools marched in front of a large crowd on Wednesday – the first since graduation in 2019, The News & Observer reported.
“It’s kinda crazy, especially with everything going on with COVID,” Jessica Klarman, a senior at Wake Forest High, told The N&O. “I never really thought that would happen and here we are. It’s surreal.
Wake Schools hold their graduation ceremonies on campus rather than at large venues such as the Raleigh Convention Center. Many had originally planned to hold small ceremonies with limited seating, social distancing and face masks. But some have made last-minute changes after the governor lifted some statewide requirements.