President Donald Trump has a lot of opinions about a lot of things and in a recent interview the president called North Carolina by name as a state that he believes is being kept too locked down.
As states across the country have attempted to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, they have tried a wide range of approaches and Trump said in an interview with Steve Hilton on Fox News that North Carolina’s strategy was too draconian.
One of Trump’s constant comments in recent months has been that Democratic leaders – such as NC Governor Roy Cooper – want to use the virus as an excuse to destroy the economy in an effort to prevent his reelection in November.
“The truth is we were doing so good,” the president said. “We had the greatest economy ever – in the world, not just here. We had the greatest economy.”
Trump said that then the “China virus” struck 188 countries.
Trump began by talking about school closures but then broadened the conversation to closures generally. He said he’d just left Pennsylvania, where everything was virtually shut down, and then he added a special condemnation for the Tar Heel state’s approach to the pandemic.
“North Carolina – they have it all closed up,” Trump said. “By the way, their numbers aren’t any better than other states – in many cases they’re worse. But, you know, they’ll probably open up everything November 4th.”
That, of course, is the day after the election.
Trump added that Democratic leaders were currently doing “anything they can to make the economy as bad as possible.”
Trump said that was difficult for them to do so because, at its heart, the current economy that he has created is still so vibrant.
North Carolina has been one of the strictest states in its lockdown status. For example, this week movie theaters across the country started opening back up but they are still closed in this state. Gyms and fitness centers are open in 44 states but not in North Carolina. According to Cooper’s executive orders the Greensboro Coliseum that holds 23,500 people can have 10 people attend an event and the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte which holds 75,523 people can have 25 people at a game.
The Republican controlled North Carolina legislature passed a number of bills to open the state up to more in line with other states in the region and Cooper vetoed all of them.
He doth speak true.
Hi Majesty the All Omnipotent All Wise Obey Me Or Be Stocked and Ruined My Word Is the Only Law Cooper has spoken and will soon speak again to extend the lock down until the day after the elections and he is facing forcible removal from his self styled throne at which time he will skulk away to plot ruin on his successor.
When Governor Forest takes over ..NC will open up.
He’s not a good fighter. Don’t know if I believe it.
The truth hurts!
Yeah like I want advice or care what a man who is responsible for 177,000 DEAD Americans has to say. When all he has is that it will “magically” disappear, or maybe we can drink lysol, or swallow uv lights or some other lame BS he has dreamed or hallucinated. Including pushing drugs from a from a crappy pillow maker. You really can’t make this stuff up.
The only people responsible for all these dead Americans are those who passed it on. This is like saying an individual is responsible for the heart disease, cancer, murder deaths.
Nuke the Coop!
He just trying to get a vote. Not mine.
The number of new cases reported each day has been trending down since July 19 and reached a new low on Aug. 17 when 564 new positive test results were reported. There were 1,283 new positive test results reported on Monday, Aug. 24.
The percent of positive test results has been below 8 percent since July 23. It was 6.6 percent on Aug. 22 and 7.3 percent on Aug. 23.
Hospitalizations are also trending down with 898 people hospitalized on Aug. 22 and 948 on Aug. 23. Hospitalizations have been trending down all month.
The statistics for fatalities are fairly consistent with 80 percent of the deaths in the over-65 age group, and according to the NCDHHS figures 21 percent in the 25-to-64 age group.
Although the percentage listed by the NCDHHS for deaths of those under 25 is 0 percent, actually in the 18-to-24 category there have been three deaths attributed to COVID-19 since March, and in the 0-to-17 age group there has been one death, which was reported on June 1.
Mark your calendar for November 4!
And WHY is it trending down??? Cooper!
I’m not sure why this needs any reply what so ever but I’ll fall for the bail! Governor Cooper is doing the best he can to keep NC safe. As it is, we are at number 9 with California being number 1. If you want to be closer to number 1, then take your mask off like Dan Forest does! Ran into him at Village Tavern and of course, he wasn’t wearing a
mask nor was his wife. Breaking the mandate with zero regard for others. The only thing that has changed since the virus has been around is: MORE PEOPLE HAVE IT due to people like Dan and his wife. They should not have even been allowed in Village Tavern without adhering to the rules. So, since you John Hammer are such a Republican and can’t see that that this issue is not about politics but the health of the people of North Carolina, you go ahead and vote for ole’ Danny boy. Show your ignorance right along beside him and Donnie. You are just making yourself look selfish as it’s only about you and no one else. Go ahead and cough now.
According to the NCDHHS, less people have it and the number of people who have COVID-19 in the state is trending down.
Also NCDHS admittedly claimed positive tests from another state as NC. So You can’t believe everything they say either!
Yes Cindy, they admitted a mistake was made. That should encourage you that they are trying to get us the best, most accurate information possible. They didn’t try to cover it up or pretend nothing happened.
Where does the NCDHHS make this statement? I think you are letting your poor data analysis confuse you (and you readers) once again.
You all keep citing 7/19 as the beginning of this downward trend. Conveniently, this was the absolute peak that NC experienced. If you zoom out a bit, you’ll clearly see that yes, # of cases was trending down until about last Monday (8/17) and now it is trending back up. It is unclear from that V shaped data what might happen in the next 7-14 days.
% positive tests has been fairly steady over this same time period. More or less fluctuating between 6-8%. If you look at the last week, you’ll see it has gone up from about 6.8 to 7.3%
If we look at hospitalizations, that might be the most encouraging indicator as that seems to be dwindling to stay consistently below 1000. However if you look at suspected COVID-19 hospital admissions over the last week, that appears to again be slightly increasing.
I hope you all are right and that cases are trending down so we can start to reopen our communities, but for me, the data clearly show this is not subsiding just yet.
Trending down does not mean that every day is lower than the day before but you are correct from the charts, you can’t tell what will happen in the next 7 to 14 days, or tomorrow for that matter.
Bekki, CA is Number 1 in COVID cases while being one of the most “locked down” and compliant states in the US. Go figure. FEWER PEOPLE HAVE THE VIRUS because people are getting tested if they have symptoms, staying at home if they test positive, tracing is done and those people are tested hence the numbers are going down. Fewer people are being hospitalized, on vents and overall there’s a trend that indicates we’ll be close to Cooper’s 5% goal for Phase 2 (assuming he doesn’t change the goal post again). COVID-19 is not going away and will be with us for a very long time changing forms as the flu does and we can’t live at home or behind masks forever. We know the at-risk populations and how to proceed with educated caution.
Restaurants only require masks while walking to your table and the restroom, not while seated at your table. You don’t need a mask if outside and six feet from others. If you have a mask on and stay six feet away you should have no worries about what others are doing, and if you don’t like what others are doing you can protect yourself by leaving.
Regardless, the issue has been made political by both sides, so it’s not just about the health of people. We won’t know for at least 50 years who was telling us the truth if anyone was. Do what you feel is best to protect yourself and don’t judge others. Our country is different because of the freedom to choose, right or wrong, dumb or smart, popular or disliked, as long as one takes personal responsibility for the consequences of their choice.
Becky, California is also testing closer to 6% positive test results (better than NC and many) over the last 14 days. So perhaps those restrictions or having some benefits.
The exceptionally progressive state of Vermont is leading the nation with only 0.5% positive tests. Though there are several contributing factors.
For comparison, the national average is around 6%. So we are really right in the middle of the pack.
How is it any more selfish to not want to wear a mask than you wanting to force people to wear a mask to make you feel better? Did you get COVID from Dan Forest after you ran into him at Village Tavern? No? Gee…kinda puts a damper on your quest to mask everyone despite the fact that the “science” is questionable at best. But go ahead…obey your overlord King Cooper. When will you be drinking the Flavor-aid? I say go ahead and get it over with and spare us. Don’t worry, the democrats will make sure your vote for Kim Jong Cooper is still counted post mortem.
Let’s look at the total loss of life not just from the virus but from the lockdown. I don’t know about you but I know of two suicides this week. 4 fatal drug overdosesfor fatal drug overdoses in the last three weeks. In the high school buddy now living in Greensboro not married drink himself to death drink himself to death. I don’t know anyone that has died from this virus in my circle.