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North Carolina logs another +3,400 COVID-19 cases as Cooper calls for more vaccinations

Published: Aug. 4, 2021 at 1:58 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 4, 2021 at 3:17 PM EDT
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RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - On a day that saw another 3,000 cases of COVID-19 logged, Governor Roy Cooper called on more North Carolinians to roll up their sleeve to get vaccinated.

Cooper said during the latest COVID-19 briefing that the state has surged to a 12.2% positivity rate, much higher than the 5% that is the state’s target. He said that’s the highest since our winter surge.

North Carolina logged 3,413 new cases of the virus on Wednesday. Hospitalizations continued their dramatic climb as well with 1,580 people receiving care. That number is more than four times higher than just one month ago.

“I can’t stress enough this sharp rise is driven by the unvaccinated,” Cooper said.

The governor applauded businesses in the state who have made the decision to require vaccines for their employees. But for some business owners, it means more work having to verify that and do more that Cooper “strongly recommended,” including requiring employees who are not vaccinated to take weekly virus tests and wear a mask indoors.

“In order to keep the economy going, then they’re going to have to continue to throw out some lifelines to some businesses,” Blackened Kraken Bar & Grill owner Andrew Kirchner said of state and local government coordination.

Amid increasing numbers in the state, Cooper said there has been a 42% increase in first shots of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“That’s good, but we can’t stop there,” Cooper said.

The state said that those aged 18 to 49 make up 54% of COVID-19 cases as of July 31st.

At East Carolina University, students can upload their vaccine card to avoid having to take virus tests throughout the semester.

Some college students in the state bought fake vaccine cards to get by, according to WRAL.

“It’s disheartening that people would go to that length,” ECU’s Dr. LaNika Wright said. “We’re really encouraging people to get vaccinated so that again, we can keep our community safe.”

Wright reminded students that there’s consequences at ECU, if that were to happen.

“If it was discovered that someone did falsify that information, again putting others at risk because they are not vaccinated, because they have falsified that information it would be a violation of the code of conduct and be handled through the office of student rights and responsibility.”

The governor’s briefing also included the CDC’s announcement of an extension of the eviction moratorium for areas seeing surges of the virus

Cooper encouraged North Carolinians who need help staying in their homes or paying utilities to check into the Hope program. You can learn more here or call 888-927-5467.

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