4/21/2020 5:24:00 PM Latest COVID-19 Figures ...and a lighter moment we hope you'll enjoy
Wayne Howard Staff Writer
Staying at home is one thing, but this reporter must confess that reporting the grim statistics day after day is not a happy task. The debate of when North Carolina should rescind the restrictions imposed to help stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus continues. You can read plenty about that all over the internet and follow the most often heated arguments on both sides on Facebook. I'll just report today the latest figures, but if you'll follow this article to its later paragraph, you'll find a link to a YouTube video that may help you endure the current situation. As I told my friend who created it, we need a little 'comic relief.'
As of 10:30 AM Tuesday April 21st:
2,550,006 people worldwide have been tested and found to have COVID-19 (the actual number infected is likely much, much larger since some have apparently had it and recovered without ever being tested, and others may have it now but have not yet been sick enough to be hospitalized).
Worldwide, 177,106 people have died from illness related to the disease. 6,709 more died between Sunday and Monday.
651,645 people have tested positive for the virus and have recovered.
In North Carolina, 213 people have died. 427 were hospitalized with the virus on Tuesday. 6,951 people in our state have tested positive for the disease.
Lincoln County has not updated its figures since Monday (April 20th). Lincoln County had 22 confirmed cases, 8 of them still active, 14 recovered. So far, no one has died from COVID-19 in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County cases were 77% between age 25 & 64.
Catawba County confirmed another case since Monday. As of 2 PM Tuesday, Catawba County had 44 positive tests, 766 negative. Some of the positive cases have since recovered, one person died, and two remained hospitalized.
Cleveland County added one new case bringing the total there to 45, but 27 of those have since recovered. Cleveland County has had two deaths.
Gaston County currently has 20 active cases (as of Tuesday 5 PM), 120 of those who tested positive have recovered; Gaston has had 1,348 negative tests and three deaths.
The World Health Organization reports that the US, which has had the greatest number of cases and deaths of any nation, has had 45,097 deaths (as of Tuesday); 2,583 people in the US died from the disease between Monday's report and Tuesday's. There are currently 687,774 active cases in the US. 14,016 people remain hospitalized in serious or critical condition.
The deaths per million in the US is 136. Sweden, which declared almost no restrictions on businesses or normal activities, has had 175 deaths per million. Germany, which had perhaps the most stringent restrictions outside of China's, has had 60 deaths per million. Other countries deaths per million include: Spain 455, Italy 408, France 318, United Kingdom 255.
Now, I promised you a little 'good news,' or as I said (appropriately) 'comic relief.' Rick and Myra Ramseur, who own the historic Woodside home on Highway 182 just west of Lincolnton, had secured a tent for a party for a relative--but the COVID-19 pandemic ruined those plans. Rick called to tell me that the Lincoln County Concert Association's two remaining concerts for the 2019-2020 season have been rescheduled--the Swamp River Revival (Creedence Clearwater tribute band) concert has been rescheduled for 7:30 PM Saturday August 1st at the Citizens Center; and the concert by classical pianist Gregory Knight, which was to have been next month, has been rescheduled for 3 PM Sunday July 12th at the Cultural Center. Of course, those dates are subject to concerts being allowed again by then.
Rick had decided since he already had the tent, he'd set it up--and he did. When done, he realized it looked a lot like those tent hospitals in New York City. So he and Myra did a short spoof related to the COVID-19 epidemic. CLICK HEREand you can watch it on YouTube. We hope you enjoy it. Stay safe and stay well. You know the drill; just do it!
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