Covid 19 Updates from NC Legislature May 4, 2020

COVID-19 Update
May 2,  2020:  This is a COVID-19 Update as of last Saturday from Rep David Lewis.  Great info!
Featured Stories:
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an emergency use authorization for remdesivir, in a bid to help patients get quicker access to the first antiviral to show promise against Covid-19 infections.
As you look at the zip code data in southeastern North Carolina, the darker blue areas are in harder hit Columbus County, with many cases in the Tabor City and Whiteville area zip codes. In Wilmington, the 28412 zip code has the darkest shade of blue. The data indicates the total number of cases and deaths by each zip code.
Nearly a dozen states tentatively returned to public life on Friday, the first mass reopening of businesses since the coronavirus pandemic brought America to a standstill six weeks ago. But there were clashes across the country over how, when and even whether it should be done.
The General Assembly unanimously passed a $1.5 billion COVID-19 relief package Saturday in what’s being described as the “initial response” to the crisis.
Topline Numbers:
Total Cases Worldwide: ~3,407,983*
Total United States Cases: ~1,126,021*
Total United States Deaths: 66,045
Total North Carolina Cases: 11,509*
Total North Carolina Deaths: 420
*note: some of these cases are “recovered”
Federal Action:
  • UNEMPLOYMENT: First-time filings for unemployment insurance hit 3.84 million last week as the wave of economic pain continues, though the worst appears to be in the past, according to Labor Department figures.
  • COVID TREATMENT: The FDA has issued an emergency use authorization for remdesivir, in a bid to help patients get quicker access to the first antiviral to show promise against Covid-19 infections.
  • STAY-AT-HOME ORDERS: Mandatory stay-at-home orders have been issued in at least 41 states.
State Action:
  • COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard: We are now at 11,509 cases in North Carolina:
  • 139,475 completed tests;
  • 98 counties with cases;
  • 502 people hospitalized;
  • 420 confirmed deaths.
  • ZIP CODE DATA: DHHS started releasing zip code level data of the number of coronavirus cases for the first time.
  • COLLABORATIVE MODELING UPDATE: The Stay at Home Order and the strong actions of North Carolinians are helping to slow the spread of COVID-19, according to new research from Duke University, NoviSci, RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. New research models from UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research indicates a phased reopening will help avoid overwhelming our health care system.
  • GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Lawmakers gave final approval to two bills in a rare Saturday session, wrapping up the legislature’s first action on COVID-19 response. The votes in both the House and the Senate Saturday were unanimous, which is unusual for large legislation in a General Assembly so often divided by party.
  • STAY-AT-HOME ORDER: Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 135 extends North Carolina’s Stay At Home order through May 8. The order extended the closure of restaurants for dine-in service and bars and the closure of other close-contact businesses through May 8.
  • UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS: The North Carolina employment market is fast approaching the thresholds of 1 million jobless claims and $1 billion paid out in state and federal unemployment benefits. The N.C. Division of Employment Security reported Tuesday there have been 875,632 state and federal unemployment insurance benefit claims filed statewide.
Resources:
Text COVIDNC to 898211 to get alerts about Coronavirus in NC.
Toll-free number 1-888-600-1685 to connect families in need of childcare options.
Toll-free Hope Line 1-866-578-4673 for older adults experiencing isolation from social distancing.