A good Friday
A cold morning started off Easter weekend, which mellowed into a chilly spring afternoon — just cold enough to remind us we’re still alive.
And I’m here to remind you that what we’re doing is working. More on that later, but first some news.
- Gov. Cooper’s newest executive order, issued yesterday, does a few things.
- It connects NC to the federal bump in unemployment payments and adds staff to the state department.
- It expands some of the benefits to include people who are still working but have reduced hours, and other increased services.
- It requires retail establishments still open to keep below 20 percent of full occupancy, and to enforce 6-foot rules inside and on lines outside.
- It recommends that businesses supply PPE for employees, special shopping hours for seniors and other safety measures.
- Special rules for long-term care facilities — established after this Orange County facility had an outbreak among 60 residents, two of whom died.
- It goes into effect on Monday, April 13 at 5 p.m. and lasts 30 days.
- The NC House COVID-19 Task Force is asking for public comment — there’s an online form.
- Eric Aft, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC, has tested positive for coronavirus. He is receiving treatment at a local hospital.
- Greensboro billionaire Roy Carroll sent his personal jet to China to pick up medical supplies.
- We’ve got four straight days of declining diagnoses — 162 new ones today, bringing us to 4,009. The number is down 200 from the April 6 count.
- Guilford had just two more cases today, for a total of 127. Forsyth added two more for a total of 115.
Check out perennial fanboy Jimmy Fallon and Questlove from the Roots host a Zoom interview with the two surviving Beastie Boys from earlier this week. Heard good things.
- Tonight’s featured image is “Green Plums,” a painting by Joseph Decker, 1885. Thanks to the National Gallery of Art‘s public-domain collection.
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