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COVID-19 Update, September 10 Total Stokes cases as of 9.9.20 were 375 Spread remains severe

COVID-19 Update, August 27 Total Stokes cases as of 8.26.20 were 321 Spread remains severe

COVID-19 Update, August 20 Total Stokes cases as of 8.19.20 were 309 Spread remains severe

COVID-19 Update, July 17  New daily highs were reached in North Carolina over the past week in hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 and in daily increases in confirmed cases.  COVID-19 cases in North Carolina now total 95,477, and 1606 deaths from the coronavirus have occurred.  The state remains in phase 2 of the reopening plan.  Publics schools will reopen next month with reduced in-classroom capacity and with options for partial or complete online learning. 

Coronavirus infections continue to occur in Stokes County---22 new COVID-19 cases over the past week and 184 cases in the county since the pandemic began.  High rates of coronavirus infection also persist in the counties around us:  77 new cases in Surry County over the past seven days (642 total), 56 new cases in Rockingham County (341 total), 23 new cases in Yadkin County (399 total), and 428 new cases in Forsyth County (4008 total).  

The spread of coronavirus infections in our area is as severe as it has been since the first cases appeared here in early April.  Please do your part to slow its spread:  stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

COVID-19 Update, July 10  The increase (29 confirmed) in new COVID-19 cases in Stokes County over the past seven days are the most we have experienced in a one-week period since the pandemic began---a total of 162 cases now have been confirmed in the county.  Large increases in confirmed COVID-19 cases also occurred over the past seven days in Surry County (69 new cases and 565 total), Rockingham County (51 new cases and 289 total), Yadkin County (38 new cases and 376 total), and Forsyth County (395 new cases and 3580 total).  

The spread of coronavirus infections in our area is as severe as it has been since the first cases appeared here in early April.  Please do your part to slow its spread:  stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

COVID-19 Update, July 3  North Carolina citizens are required to wear face masks while in public places (indoors or outdoors) where physical distancing of 6 feet cannot be maintained.  This requirement is driven by an alarming increase in COVID-19 cases statewide.  A record number (2099) of new cases were reported for July 3, and the number of hospitalizations from the coronavirus are at a new high.  There have been 70,241 confirmed COVID-19 cases in NC and 1392 deaths.

The increased rate of occurrence of COVID-19 cases continues in our area.  New cases reported over the past seven days were: 12 cases in Stokes County (133 total), 59 new cases in Surry (496 total), 39 new cases in Rockingham (238 total), 39 new cases in Yadkin (338 total), and 397 new cases in Forsyth (3185 total).

Community spread of coronavirus infections continue in our area---please stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

COVID-19 Update, June 26    A marked increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases is occurring in our area.  The 23 new cases (and now 121 cases total) in Stokes County this week is the largest weekly increase since our first case on April 1.  Large increases in COVID-19 cases occurred this week in the counties around us---84 new cases in Surry (437 total), 49 new cases in Rockingham (199 total), 40 new cases in Yadkin (299 total), and 416 new cases in Forsyth (2788 total).

Marked increases in COVID-19 cases also are occurring statewide, and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are at new high levels.  Given the continued spread of coronavirus infections, North Carolina will pause further reopening and will continue in Phase 2 until 5 PM on July 17, 2020.

Community spread of coronavirus infections continue in our area---please stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

COVID-19 Update, June 18  COVID-19 cases continue to increase in our area with 8 new cases in Stokes County and 53 new cases in Surry County over the past week.  County Health Department officials report that new positive cases have occurred through “family member” and “co-worker” spread.  Confirmed cases in Stokes County have increased from 10 cases on May 5 to 98 cases on June 18.  Over the same six-week period Surry County increased from 20 to 353 cases, Yadkin from 25 to 259, Forsyth from 287 to 2372, and Rockingham from 30 to 150.  Data from the NC Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 website was used to calculate the percent of residents taking the coronavirus test who were found positive in tests carried out over seven-day periods during the past month.  The number was 5.9% positive for the week of May 16-22, 7.0% the week of June 2-8, and 7.9% the week of June 11-17.  Thus, at best the percentage of people testing positive for the virus has stayed about the same, and the rate of occurrence of COVID-19 has not decreased.  Consistent with this conclusion is the observation that new highs for residents hospitalized with COVID-19 continue to occur in North Carolina (857 hospitalizations on June 17 which is a 31.8 % increase compared to June 1).  Community spread of coronavirus infections continue in our area---please stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

COVID-19 Update, June 11   North Carolina reported record highs for residents hospitalized with COVID-19 this week with an increase in numbers each day: 739 patients on June 8, 774 on June 9, 780 on June 10, and 812 on June 11.  COVID-19 cases continue to increase in our area with 11 new cases in Stokes County and 49 new cases in Surry County over the past week.  Confirmed cases in Stokes County increased from 10 cases on May 5 to: 22 cases on May 13, 39 cases on May 20, 50 cases on May 22, 60 cases on May 28, 79 cases on June 4, and 90 cases on June 11.  Over the same five-week period Surry County increased from 20 to 300 cases, Yadkin from 25 to 225, Forsyth from 287 to 1967, and Rockingham from 30 to 123.  Community spread of coronavirus infections continue in our area---please stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

COVID-19 Update, June 4  Confirmed COVID-19 cases have increased 8-fold in Stokes County over the past month: 10 cases on May 5, 22 cases on May 13, 39 cases on May 20, 50 cases on May 22, 60 cases on May 28, and 79 cases on June 4.  Over the same 30 days Surry County increased from 20 to 251 cases, Yadkin from 25 to 203, Forsyth from 287 to 1560, and Rockingham from 30 to 103.  Wilkes County has been particularly affected recently with 502 confirmed COVID-19 cases, and large increases have occurred in the Virginia counties along the border.  The spread of the virus continues in our area---please stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

COVID-19 Update, May 28  North Carolina has moved into Phase 2 of the reopening process (see below), but we have by no means passed the danger of COVID-19 in our area.  A five-fold increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has occurred in the area over the past three weeks.  Stokes County increased from 10 cases on May 5 to 22 cases on May 13 to 39 cases on May 20 to 50 cases on May 22 to 60 cases on May 28.  Over the same 3-week period Surry County increased from 20 to 187 cases, Yadkin from 25 to 154, Forsyth from 287 to 1081, and Rockingham from 30 to 76.  Wilkes County has been particularly affected recently with 496 confirmed COVID-19 cases.  Large increases in confirmed cases also have been seen in the Virginia counties along the border.  The increased numbers are in part explained by an increase in testing but also attest to increased occurrence of coronavirus infections in our area.  Please stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

COVID-19 Update, May 23  North Carolina has moved into Phase 2 of the reopening process (see below), but we have by no means passed the danger of COVID-19 in our area. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the area has essentially quadrupled over the past two weeks. Stokes County has increased from 10 cases on May 5 to 22 cases on May 13 to 39 cases on May 20 to 50 cases on May 22.  Over the same 2.5-week period Surry County increased from 20 to 151 cases, Yadkin from 25 to 131, Forsyth from 287 to 889, and Rockingham from 30 to 65. Wilkes County has been particularly affected recently with 472 confirmed COVID-19 cases.  Large increases in confirmed cases also have been seen in the Virginia counties along the border.  The increased numbers are in part explained by an increase in testing but also attest to significant, and almost certainly increased occurrence, of coronavirus infections in our area.  So please friends, stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

An executive order that allows NC to move into phase 2 of the reopening plan goes into effect at 5 PM on Friday, May 22.  The following places can open to limited capacities and with social distancing measures in effect:

  • Hair and nail salons, barbershops

  • Playgrounds

  • Churches

  • Entertainment venues

COVID-19 Update, May 13  The number of confirmed cases in the area has essentially doubled since the last posting on the Our Communities website eight days ago (May 5).  Stokes County has increased from 11 to 22 cases, Surry from 20 to 47,

Yadkin from 25 to 79,

Forsyth from 287 to 495,

Rockingham from 30 to 43. 

So please friends, stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

An executive order that allows NC to move into the first phase of a three-stage plan for lifting statewide restrictions went into effect at 5 PM on Friday, May 8.  Although the stay-at-home order remains, restrictions on leaving home are loosened and more businesses can open at 50% capacity with social distancing practices in place.  Restaurants remain restricted to take out and delivery services, and salons, gyms, and movie theaters are closed.  Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed, and most state parks and trails are now open.

COVID19 Update May 5 An executive order that allows NC to move into the first phase of a three-stage plan for lifting statewide restrictions will go into effect at 5 PM on Friday, May 8.  Although the stay-at-home order remains, restrictions on leaving home are loosened and more businesses will be allowed to open at 50% capacity with social distancing practices in place.  Restaurants will still be restricted to take out and delivery services, and salons, gyms, and movie theaters will remain closed.  Outdoor gatherings of up to 10 people will be allowed, and state parks and trails are encouraged to reopen.

We are not out of the woods yet, but the occurrence of new cases appears to be slowing in North Carolina.  Everyone keep-up the good work!  Stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.

NC on 5-5-2020:  12,884 confirmed cases, 485 deaths

Stokes County:  11 confirmed cases

Rockingham County:  30 cases, 2 deaths

Surry County:  20 cases

Yadkin County:  25 cases, 1 death

Forsyth County:  287 cases, 5 deaths

Guilford County:  464 cases, 33 deaths

Update, April 24 The stay-at-home order for North Carolina scheduled to expire on April 29 has been extended through May 8. Only essential businesses including grocery stores and pharmacies will be open. Mass gatherings of more than 10 people remain banned, and restaurants only will provide to-go or delivery services. We are not out of the woods yet, but the occurrence of new cases appears to be slowing in North Carolina. Everyone keep-up the good work! Stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water.
 

NC on 4-24-2020: 8733 confirmed cases, 304 deaths
Stokes County: 11 confirmed cases
Rockingham County: 23 cases, 2 deaths
Surry County: 17 cases
Yadkin County: 12 cases, 1 death
Forsyth County: 152 cases, 5 deaths
Guilford County: 304 cases, 19 deaths

Update, April 13 An executive order issued from the governor’s office (effective at 5 PM on Monday, April 13) requires all retailers including grocery stores to limit the
number of shoppers allowed inside. No more than 20% of a store’s fire capacity will be allowed in, and stores also will mark “six feet of distance where people might gather, such as in checkout lines.”

 
Stokes County now has 10 confirmed COVID-19 cases; 10 confirmed cases are in Surry, 14 in Rockingham, and 117 in Forsyth Counties. Two COVID-19 deaths have occurred in Rockingham County, 4 in Forsyth County and 95 COVID-19 fatalities statewide. Confirmed cases in North Carolina total at least 4884, and the number of COVID-19 cases in the US is approximately 559,000 with 22,000 fatalities.

Update, April 7  There are 8 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Stokes County, 10 in Surry County, and 106 in Forsyth County; 3321 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in North Carolina with 54 deaths.  Please remember these numbers greatly underestimate how many infections with the new coronavirus exist in the area.  The next two weeks are extremely important for slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our corner of North Carolina---please do your part.  Stay home as much as possible, maintain social distancing, and wash your hands with soap and water often.

Update, April 5  There are 6 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Stokes County and 88 in Forsyth County; 2632 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in North Carolina with 34 deaths.  Please remember these numbers greatly underestimate how many infections with the new coronavirus exist in the area.

Update, April 2  Three cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed for Stokes County and 57 for Forsyth County.  The number of confirmed cases in North Carolina is 1717, and 15 fatalities have occurred;  there are 216,722 confirmed cases in the US with 5137 fatalities

Update, April 1  Two COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Stokes County.

Update, March 31  The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina have been doubling approximately every four days over the past two weeks.  The number of confirmed cases in NC is 1522 with 10 fatalities in the state including one in Forsyth County.  Each of the counties that border Stokes County now have confirmed COVID-19 cases including 41 in Forsyth County and 51 in Guilford County.

Update, March 29 North Carolina has 1048 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of the evening of March 28, according to data reported from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services and county health departments. These include 33 confirmed cases in Forsyth County and 34 in Guilford County. US confirmed cases have passed 125,000. Please remember that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases does not tell us how widespread COVID-19 is because only a small percentage of the population has been tested—17,500 tested in North Carolina so far. Also, please remember that on average symptoms only appear 5 days after initial infection with a range of 2-14 days before appearance.

Update, March 28  Governor Cooper issued a stay-at-home order on Friday forall of North Carolina effective 5 PM on Monday, March 30. This order will be ineffect for 30 days. Businesses deemed essential can remain open including banks;places of worship; restaurants that provide take-out, drive-thru or delivery;grocery stores; farmers markets/produce stands; doctors and other healthcareproviders; pharmacies; hardware stores; post offices and mail delivery; officesupply stores; gas stations and convenience stores; car dealerships; veterinarians;pet and feed supply stores; hotels, airlines, buses, taxis and rideshare services;electronic retailers that sell or service cell phones and computers; lawn andgarden equipment retailers; book stores that sell educational materials; gunstores; building and construction; funeral service. No citations will be issued, butlaw enforcement officers will be asking people to disperse and to go home unlessthey need to be out.Over 900 confirmed COVID-19 cases have occurred in North Carolina and fivedeaths. Dr. Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, the state’s chief medical officer, reportedthat the average age of those infected with coronavirus in North Carolina is 41,and the age group with the most COVID-19 infections is age 25-49.Over 104,000 COVID-19 cases have occurred in the US and 1700 fatalities.Up-to-date data on COVID-19 worldwide can be found at a website at JohnsHopkins University (click for link)

Updates on COVID-19, March 27  COVID-19 cases in North Carolina now number 789.  Four fatalities have occurred including a 37 year-old man.  There are now more cases (greater than 86,000) in the US than any other country.  Winston-Salem and Forsyth County issued stay-at-home orders that go into effect at 5 PM on Friday, March 27.

Updates on COVID-19 cases, March 26  The first confirmed case of COVID-19 was reported for Surry County.  Forsyth County now has 17 cases and Guilford County 22.  The first two deaths from the outbreak in North Carolina were reported yesterday as the number of cases exceeded 600.  The number of cases in the US is almost 70,000 and over 1000 fatalities have occurred.

“Stay at home orders” are being put in place for Wake and Orange Counties due to the spread of the disease in the Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill area.

Update on COVID-19 cases, March 24:  About half of the counties in North Carolina have confirmed cases of COVID-19, and the total cases in the state numbers 508 with 14 cases in Forsyth and 16 cases in Guilford counties.  No confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Stokes County, but given the 2 to 14-day incubation period prior to symptoms, it is likely that infections exist in our population.


Updates on social distancing, March 24:  The official order from the NC Governor’s office is gather in groups of no more than 50 people, but the widely held “order” is no more than 10 people.  Several counties and cities including Durham and Charlotte have issued “shelter in place” or “stay at home” orders.  These proclamations allow residents to go to grocery stores, restaurants for takeout, pharmacies for prescriptions, etc. and to “be in nature for exercise” but otherwise maintain social distancing by staying home.  
The Governor’s office has ordered closing of all non-essential businesses including hair salons, barber shops, gyms, movie theaters, and similar businesses effective 5 PM on Wednesday, March 25.
Public Schools in North Carolina are now officially closed until May 15.  Please do your part to help prevent spread of the disease:  maintain social distancing when at all possible and wash your hands often with soap and water.

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