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North Carolina Surpasses 10,000 COVID-19 Deaths


North Carolina has reached a sobering milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services today reported more than 10,000 North Carolinians have died from the virus. The state also surpassed 800,000 total cases today. At a press briefing Tuesday, Gov. Roy Cooper said the state’s top priority is to equitably and quickly distribute the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We continue running an efficient vaccine distribution and are getting all of North Carolina’s allocated first doses into arms each week before we receive the next shipment,” Cooper said. 

As of today, North Carolina has administered more than 1.4 million doses of the vaccine. Cooper said the Biden Administration promised today that North Carolina would get a 5% increase in vaccine supply this week. 

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.