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10/2/2020 5:41:00 PM
COVID-19 Update
Senator Thom Tillis announced Friday evening that he, too, has the virus:
"Over the last few months, I’ve been routinely tested for COVID-19, including testing negative last Saturday, but tonight my rapid antigen test came back positive. I will be following the recommendations of my doctor and will be self-isolating at home for 10 days and notifying those I’ve been in close contact with. Thankfully, I have no symptoms and I feel well."


Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


President Donald Trump was taken to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Friday afternoon (Oct. 2nd) less than 24 hours after he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.  White House officials said the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution."  The President was said to be in good spirits but feeling fatigued.  His symptoms were termed mild.

Lincoln County's number of active COVID-19 cases essentially remained steady at 142 Friday compared with 148 Tuesday. The number of people who have recovered from the disease increased to 1,560. One additional death pushed that total to 16.

Gaston County's number of active cases continued its decline. The county reported 1,064 active cases Friday compared to 1,373 Monday of this week. This is the lowest number of active cases since the county's number topped the 1,000-mark in mid-July. One additional death from the disease brought that total to 87.

Catawba County had one more death reported Friday; the county has now had 55. 44 new cases were reported Friday after 47 Thursday.

Cleveland County reported 213 active cases Friday. The county has had 69 deaths.

Statewide, there were 1,775 new cases reported Friday, another day much higher than over the last few weeks. 29 new deaths were reported, bringing that total to 3,608. North Carolina's death toll from the coronavirus continued to be less than surrounding states. North Carolina has had 34 deaths per 100,000 population compared to 66 in South Carolina, 67 in Georgia, 36 in Tennessee and 38 in Virginia. The lowest death totals in the nation compared to total population are in Hawaii-9, Alaska-7, Wyoming-9, Vermont-9, and Maine-10. Although their number of new cases in the last seven days is now less than North Carolina's, New York City has had 283 deaths per 100,000 population since the pandemic began.

Nationally, 25 states reported an increase in the number of new cases this week--including North Carolina.  Only eight states saw their number of new cases daily decline.  The pandemic is also returning to more significant numbers in Europe.  Paris was said to be in danger of going back into lockdown next week after the pandemic worsened in the French capital.



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