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Here you can find up-to-the-minute information on the coronavirus in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina and the surrounding region. Click the video player above for the latest information from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.Live Updates:3:55 p.m. update: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that counties in the state have given 109,799 people their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and that 461 people have received both shots.CVS and Walgreens reported to NCDHHS that there were 13,338 doses administered through the federal program.2 p.m. update: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that Food and Nutrition Services recipients will see a temporary increase in the amount of benefits they receive. This increase is part of the federal Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020. “We know that COVID has created additional hardships and increased food insecurity for children and families,” said David Locklear, deputy director for Economic and Family Services. “We want to do everything possible to support North Carolinians who need help buying food, and increasing benefits for hundreds of thousands of families will be instrumental in meeting that need.” The maximum benefit amount for households receiving FNS will increase by 15% until June 30. In July, benefit amounts will return to their current levels. Recipients can find out the amount of their benefits by using one of the methods below. 1.Visit www.ebtedge.com. Click on “More Information” under “EBT Cardholder.” You will be prompted to login and/or register your account. 2. Download the ebtEDGE mobile app. The app is available as a free download on the Apple Store and Google Play. 3. Call 1-888-622-7328 on the day you normally receive benefits. Benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards). People can apply for FNS in English or Spanish online with ePASS, by filling out a paper application and mailing it to or dropping it off at their county Department of Social Services office or applying in person at their county DSS office.1:20 p.m. update: Gov. Roy Cooper has mobilized the North Carolina National Guard to “provide support to local health providers as we continue to increase the pace of vaccinations.” North Carolina has one of the lower rates of vaccine administration in the country, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures.NBC-affiliate WRAL reported that state lawmaker Rep. Billy Richardson called on Cooper to mobilize the National Guard to help speed up North Carolina’s vaccine rollout.Richardson also called on General Assembly leaders to come back into session on vaccine issues, or at least be ready for action on day one of a legislative session already scheduled to start next week.Just what legislation might be needed isn’t laid out in the letter, WRAL reported, but Richardson said the state should “empower and fund our National Guard to overcome the roadblocks currently impeding the efficient and rapid delivery of vaccines to our citizens.” “The numbers of North Carolinians contracting Covid daily is staggering, and the slow distribution of the vaccines is disturbing,” Richardson wrote. “Now is the time to act promptly and with a renewed commitment to bipartisan results.”The announcement came as North Carolina set another record Tuesday for hospitalizations, boosting the record by more than 100 people. Statewide, that total is a record 3,781.6:45 p.m. Monday: The Forsyth County Health Department will open COVID-19 vaccinations up to group 1 of phase 1B on Jan. 6. People who are age 75 or older can call the vaccine appointment line (336) 703-2081 which is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The health department said they have been overwhelmed with calls and are asking for callers to be patient.5:45 p.m. Monday: The Stokes County Government Center Complex is closed to the public for walk-ins because of a COVID-19 outbreak within several departments, county officials said. The county is asking people to conduct business by calling (336) 593-2811 or on their website. If you must go to the building, the county asks you to call before you come.5:30 p.m. Monday: Davie County is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic on Jan. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Davie County Health Department. This clinic is for people who are 75 years of age and older. Before you go, you need to fill out a recipient vaccination questionnaire, which can be downloaded here. Resources:

Here you can find up-to-the-minute information on the coronavirus in the Piedmont Triad, North Carolina and the surrounding region.

Click the video player above for the latest information from North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.


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Live Updates:

3:55 p.m. update: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports that counties in the state have given 109,799 people their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, and that 461 people have received both shots.

CVS and Walgreens reported to NCDHHS that there were 13,338 doses administered through the federal program.

2 p.m. update: The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that Food and Nutrition Services recipients will see a temporary increase in the amount of benefits they receive.

This increase is part of the federal Emergency Coronavirus Relief Act of 2020.

“We know that COVID has created additional hardships and increased food insecurity for children and families,” said David Locklear, deputy director for Economic and Family Services. “We want to do everything possible to support North Carolinians who need help buying food, and increasing benefits for hundreds of thousands of families will be instrumental in meeting that need.”

The maximum benefit amount for households receiving FNS will increase by 15% until June 30. In July, benefit amounts will return to their current levels.

Recipients can find out the amount of their benefits by using one of the methods below.

1.Visit www.ebtedge.com. Click on “More Information” under “EBT Cardholder.” You will be prompted to login and/or register your account.

2. Download the ebtEDGE mobile app. The app is available as a free download on the Apple Store and Google Play.

3. Call 1-888-622-7328 on the day you normally receive benefits.

Benefits are issued via Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT cards).

People can apply for FNS in English or Spanish online with ePASS, by filling out a paper application and mailing it to or dropping it off at their county Department of Social Services office or applying in person at their county DSS office.

1:20 p.m. update: Gov. Roy Cooper has mobilized the North Carolina National Guard to “provide support to local health providers as we continue to increase the pace of vaccinations.”

North Carolina has one of the lower rates of vaccine administration in the country, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention figures.

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NBC-affiliate WRAL reported that state lawmaker Rep. Billy Richardson called on Cooper to mobilize the National Guard to help speed up North Carolina’s vaccine rollout.

Richardson also called on General Assembly leaders to come back into session on vaccine issues, or at least be ready for action on day one of a legislative session already scheduled to start next week.

Just what legislation might be needed isn’t laid out in the letter, WRAL reported, but Richardson said the state should “empower and fund our National Guard to overcome the roadblocks currently impeding the efficient and rapid delivery of vaccines to our citizens.”

“The numbers of North Carolinians contracting Covid daily is staggering, and the slow distribution of the vaccines is disturbing,” Richardson wrote. “Now is the time to act promptly and with a renewed commitment to bipartisan results.”

The announcement came as North Carolina set another record Tuesday for hospitalizations, boosting the record by more than 100 people. Statewide, that total is a record 3,781.

North Carolina set another record for hospitalizations, boosting the record by more than 100 people. Statewide, that total is a record 3,781.


6:45 p.m. Monday: The Forsyth County Health Department will open COVID-19 vaccinations up to group 1 of phase 1B on Jan. 6. People who are age 75 or older can call the vaccine appointment line (336) 703-2081 which is open Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The health department said they have been overwhelmed with calls and are asking for callers to be patient.

5:45 p.m. Monday: The Stokes County Government Center Complex is closed to the public for walk-ins because of a COVID-19 outbreak within several departments, county officials said. The county is asking people to conduct business by calling (336) 593-2811 or on their website. If you must go to the building, the county asks you to call before you come.

5:30 p.m. Monday: Davie County is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic on Jan. 6 from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Davie County Health Department. This clinic is for people who are 75 years of age and older. Before you go, you need to fill out a recipient vaccination questionnaire, which can be downloaded here.


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