Daily corona round-up

The slippery slope

Earlier this week, I was sure that we wouldn’t hit 200,000 COVID-19 diagnoses in North Carolina until next week — maybe even next month! But a cascade of new cases over the last three days has blasted through that admittedly arbitrary barrier.

A look at the NY Times graphic shows that we are setting ourselves up for a third wave of COVID-19 cases. This comes just as Guilford County Schools has approved a phased re-entry plan, with some students coming back to the classroom as soon as Oct. 20.

  • Middle-schoolers and K-2 return Oct. 20
  • Grades 3-5 return Oct. 26
  • High-schoolers return Jan. 20

More news: Two Republican members of the NC State Board of Election resigned over what they said was a lack of transparency about a mail-in voting issue. The documents tell a different story.

The numbers

  • 1,693 new cases in NC today. Total: 204,331.
    • A note about the numbers: The state is now differentiating between molecular positive cases (PCR), which total 199,768, and antigen positive cases, which total 4,563.
    • Positive test rate jumps to 5.2 percent.
  • Forsyth County has 47 new cases (6,956), one new death (98) and 6,365 recoveries.
  • Guilford County clocks 71 new cases (8,463), no new deaths (171) and 4,991 recoveries.

A diversion

One more homage to the Karate Kind franchise: A “live” comic book reading featuring Hong Kong Phooey and Black Lightning from DC comics. Apparantly Hong Kong Phooey was in Vietnam? Let me know how it ends.

Program notes

  • For tonight’s featured image, we’ve got “A Young Woman and a Cavalier,” by Cornellis Bisschop in the early 1660s. Taken from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s public-domain collection. And hey: The Met is now open on Fifth Avenue in NYC, if you’re in town.
  • If you’d like to help Triad City Beat, please consider becoming a supporter. You could also give us a like on Facebook and share our stories on Twitter.

Join the First Amendment Society, a membership that goes directly to funding TCB‘s newsroom.

We believe that reporting can save the world.

The TCB First Amendment Society recognizes the vital role of a free, unfettered press with a bundling of local experiences designed to build community, and unique engagements with our newsroom that will help you understand, and shape, local journalism’s critical role in uplifting the people in our cities.

All revenue goes directly into the newsroom as reporters’ salaries and freelance commissions.

🗲 Join The Society 🗲