Here’s Monday’s COVID-19 update:

  • As we begin a new week, here is a snapshot of the virus in the counties that make up the 7th District:
    • Bladen County: 674 cases, 9 deaths
    • Brunswick County: 1,358 cases, 23 deaths
    • Columbus County: 1,040 cases, 50 deaths
    • Duplin County: 2,060 cases, 49 deaths
    • Johnston County: 3,618 cases, 49 deaths
    • New Hanover County: 2,846 cases, 21 deaths
    • Pender County: 740 cases, 4 deaths
    • Sampson County: 1,558 cases, 20 deaths
    • Wayne County: 2,681 cases, 46 deaths

  • Statewide, North Carolina has had a total of 156,396 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,535 deaths.  As of today, 948 individuals are currently hospitalized – down from a peak of 1,236 last month.
  • Important news out of the Food and Drug Administration: The FDA announced that it is authorizing investigational convalescent plasma for the treatment of COVID-19.  This is an encouraging step forward as our medical experts continue to learn more about the virus and ways we can treat it.

  • FEMA has approved North Carolina’s application for funding under the Lost Wages Assistance program, which will allow North Carolina to pay out $300 a week to recipients of unemployment insurance in addition to the state’s usual unemployment payments.  It’s the result of President Trump’s executive order earlier this month to provide relief for workers impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak after Congress failed to reach an agreement on additional relief. 

  • The Third Annual NC Bacon Festival, slated to take place in October in Rocky Point, has been cancelled.

  • Knowing when to stay home and self-quarantine if you may have been exposed to COVID-19 is important to helping us control the outbreak and limit the exposure of others.  This page, from the CDC, is a useful guide to remind you under what circumstances and for how long you should quarantine.

For today’s good news story, I’m highlighting the Wilmington Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, which hosted a Back 2 School bash this past weekend to provide more than two thousand boxes of school supplies, donated by Novant Health, to families who need them.  Remote learning is posing new and unique challenges for countless North Carolina families, and this is one way the community is coming together to help these families meet their children’s needs.

As always, stay tuned to Coronavirus.gov and the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ website for the latest on the outbreak.