Orange County COVID-19 Updated Data August 7, 2020
The Orange County Health Department has provided the following information about COVID-19 cases in Orange County as of 9:00 a.m. today:
TOTAL CASES: 1,316
TOTAL DEATHS: 46
1. Any demographic groups with very small numbers have been suppressed to protect
2. We are missing race and ethnicity data for between 30-40% of confirmed cases.
3. We don’t know who may have COVID-19 that wasn’t able to get tested, and we don’t know what groups the patients with missing data fall under.
This data should not be used to make generalizations about who may or may not have higher rates of infection.
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Statement from Orange County Health Director Quintana Stewart on the Opening of UNC
Recently I have been receiving emails from concerned community members about UNC reopening. I along with multiple staff from the health department have provided guidance and assisted with review and revision of plans for some parts of campus for reopening. I personally have been in many meetings with UNC Leadership over the past couple months. We are grateful to work so closely with UNC staff as we all respond to the pandemic together.
While I always appreciate and value input from community members, I feel that it is important to clarify who makes the final decision about campuses reopening. Many have suggested that I close campus and declare an imminent hazard. While it is true the local health director can determine an imminent hazard exists, there is a high legal bar for this to survive a judicial challenge and there is also cost associated with shutting down the UNC campus. The statute provides a single method for the recovery of costs, "local health department shall have a lien on the property of the owner, lessee, operator, or other person in control of the property where the imminent hazard existed for the cost of the abatement of the imminent hazard
." Since this is the only means of recovering the costs the full cost most likely becomes the burden of the County. This is not a realistic option. Media reports indicated the Board of Governors had instructed universities to follow any recommendations from local health departments. However, we cannot find evidence of any action from the Board of Governors to make this official board policy.
The best thing we can all do to keep healthy is to wear a mask when out in public, wash your hands frequently and stay 6 feet apart from others, not including your household members. The Orange County Health Department will continue to work closely with the University to plan and prepare for any challenges the reopening brings.