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10/9/2020 6:39:00 PM
COVID-19 Update

Wayne Howard
Staff Reporter

Most are familiar with the President's battle with the coronavirus. He credits an experimental drug with helping him to recover. Regeneron is not the name of the drug--as he appeared to imply--but the company that is testing it. It's an antibody, intended to help the immune system clear the virus.

Antibodies are NOT a cure, and it’s not likely that everyone will be able to get them as President Trump suggested. Experimental antibody drugs like the one Trump was given are promising therapies being tested for treating and preventing coronavirus infections.

Eli Lilly and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. are asking the government to allow emergency use of their antibody drugs, which are still in testing; their safety and effectiveness, not yet known.

The President is among less than ten people who were able to access the Regeneron antibody without enrolling in a study.

The North Carolina death toll from the coronavirus is now 3,747; there have been a total of 227,431 COVID-19 cases in the state, an increase of 7,677 cases from Monday's report. 1,065 North Carolinians remain hospitalized with the disease.

North Carolina has had the seventh biggest number of people who have been infected with the virus. The total number of cases since the pandemic began is still smaller compared to population than most neighboring states. North Carolina has had 2,171 cases per 100,000 population; South Carolina, 3,044; Georgia, 3,112; and Tennessee, 3,094. Our deaths per 100,000 is also less--35, compared to South Carolina and Georgia, 69; and Tennessee, 39.

In local COVID-19 figures: for the first time since mid-July, Gaston County's number of active cases has dropped to below 1,000. Friday's report showed 892 active cases; but the death toll in Gaston continues to rise. The county has now had 98 deaths from the disease.

Lincoln County's number of positive cases declined slightly since Tuesday--from 200 to 156 on Friday. The county has had 17 deaths related to the virus.

Catawba County reported 27 new confirmed cases Friday; that's after 40 on Thursday, 32 Wednesday, and 43 Tuesday. Catawba County reported 32 county residents hospitalized with COVID-19 on Friday. The number of deaths remained at 57.

Cleveland County reported 194 active cases Friday.

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