North Carolina Hits Grim COVID Record

CHARLOTTE, NC. — North Carolina hit a grim COVID record. 2,532 new cases reported since Wednesday. The highest in one day. It’s clear– key metrics are moving in the wrong direction. Governor Roy Cooper says now more than ever, we need to be taking precautions.

“We cannot let weariness and frustration win out. Wearing masks and being careful are more important than ever. We brought our numbers down before and we need to do it again,” says Governor Cooper.

State Health Director Dr. Mandy Cohen says worsening trends are not linked to a certain place, age group or activity. Trajectory of cases, percent positive and hospitalizations are increasing.

“So I’m asking all North Carolinians to wear a mask when you are with people that you don’t live with,” says Dr. Cohen.

Kathy Alford is a labor and delivery nurse at Novant in uptown. She was admitted to the hospital with COVID-19 in July. Her health, spiraling quickly.

“For a month I was completely out of it. My organs started to fail to the point where my family was making funeral arrangements,” says Alford.

Alford was released from the hospital in September after 71 days in the hospital. She says people still need to take this virus seriously.

“I definitely think that wearing the mask is crucial. I wore my mask and had my protective gear and I still caught it.”