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7/19/2020 8:08:00 AM
COVID-19 Update Updated Sunday morning 7/19

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer


Lincoln County now has 152 active cases of COVID-19 according to the latest report from the County Health Dept. Friday afternoon (July 17th). 48 people were still awaiting test results. 364 people are said to have recovered and the county has had two deaths.

Catawba County had 35 new cases reported Friday and 49 on Saturday  bringing the total of active cases to just under 500. 31 Catawba County residents were hospitalized Saturday with the disease. The county has now reported 19 associated deaths.

As of Friday afternoon, Gaston County  had 1,021 active cases. 1,080 people are said to have recovered and the county has  had 19 deaths.

Cleveland County reported another death from the disease on Friday, bringing the total in that county to 10.  The county had 139 active cases including 15 who were hospitalized.

An unpublished report for the White House Coronavirus Task Force lists North Carolina as a red zone for COVID-19. The report also ranks counties according to their increase in cases of the disease. Mecklenburg County is #1; Gaston County is #2; Catawba County is #7.

The report provides a list of recommendations for the state to consider to help slow the spread of the disease. Among them is a suggestion that the state make face coverings mandatory, keep bars closed, and restrict restaurant capacity to 25% in any county with a positive test percentage of 10% or more,

South Carolina, Georgia & Tennessee were also among the states listed as red zones. Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Iowa, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Washington were the others.

On Saturday, North Carolina reported 2,481 new cases of COVID-19, a new single day record, plus 23 more deaths. South Carolina reported 1,481 new cases and 39 more deaths.  Georgia reported 4,689 new cases and 36 more deaths.  Florida reported 10,328 new cases and 90 more deaths.

Wearing a mask or other face covering (except for those who have a medical reason not to wear one) is now required in many locations across the US.  In Myrtle Beach, you can be fined for not wearing one.  That's true in severral other cities.  Many retail stores are now joining in the effort to slow the spread of the disease by requring customers to wear a mask.  The following list is from Forbes magazine:

Starbucks: Starbucks was one of the first major restaurant chains in the U.S. to announce a mask mandate. It went into effect on July 15 but only applies to company-owned stores.

Apple: When Apple reopened stores in May, the company announced new safety measures that went into effect immediately, including requiring all shoppers to wear a mask. Apple will provide masks for customers who don’t bring their own.

Publix: Effective July 21, Publix will require all shoppers to wear face coverings.

Starbucks: Starbucks was one of the first major restaurant chains in the U.S. to announce a mask mandate. It went into effect on July 15 and only applies to company-owned stores.

Apple: When Apple reopened stores in May, the company announced new safety measures that went into effect immediately, including requiring all shoppers to wear a mask. Apple will provide masks for customers who don’t bring their own.

Publix: Effective July 21, Publix will require all shoppers to wear face coverings.

Target: On July 16, USA Today reported that Target will require all customers to wear masks starting on August 1.

Best Buy: All shoppers need to wear a mask, and Best Buy will provide one for customers who don’t have one.

CVS: Starting July 20, all customers will be required to wear a mask to enter a CVS store. “To be clear, we're not asking our store employees to play the role of enforcer. What we are asking is that customers help protect themselves and those around them by listening to the experts and heeding the call to wear a face covering," chief operating officer Jon Roberts said in the July 16 announcement.

Harris Teeter: All customers will be required to wear a mask starting July 22.

Kohls: Beginning July 20, Kohls will require all customers to wear a mask in all stores. The company says that store associates have been trained on the new health and safety measures and that greeters will be at the entrance of each store to remind customers to wear a mask.

Verizon: All customers at the telecom giant’s retail stores must wear a mask.

Home Depot: All customers must wear a mask in all U.S. stores starting July 22. “Social distancing captains and store associates will be available to provide masks to those shoppers who may not have one,” Home Depot said.

Lowe’s: Masks will be required at all of its U.S. stores starting July 20. The company said it will provide free masks to people without one as long as supplies last.

Aldi announced that customers will be required to wear face coverings in all of its stores starting on July 27.

Though Dollar Tree announced on July 8 that all customers are required to wear masks, the company quietly backtracked Thursday and now only requires face coverings in areas where there’s a state or local ordinance.

The National Retail Federation issued a statement supporting the move, saying: "Stores are private businesses that can adopt policies permitted by law for the health and safety of their associates and their customers. Shopping in a store is a privilege, not a right. If a customer refuses to adhere to store policies, they are putting employees and other customers at undue risk."



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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, July 19, 2020
Article comment by: Kimberly Austin

Walmart. All Walmarts are requiring face masks. With "Sentries" posted outside to deny access to those not wearing one.



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