Burlington gym owner pushes for fitness centers to reopen

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SATURDAY, MAY 23, 2020

4:00 p.m. – NCDHHS reports highest one-day increase of positive COVID-19 tests

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) is reporting the state’s highest one-day number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,107 cases reported. 

“This is a notable and concerning increase. As we head into a holiday weekend, please practice the three Ws – wear a face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash your hands frequently. When it comes to our health, we need to work together to protect our families, friends and neighbors,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.

NCDHHS said in addition, 10% of total tests were positive among labs that report both negative and positive tests into the state electronic reporting system.

The department said NCDHHS epidemiologists are analyzing the data to determine if there were any significant contributing factors.

12:30 p.m. – A gym owner out of Burlington held an outdoor group workout in hopes of sending the message that fitness facilities should be allowed to reopen safely during this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

WFMY’s Ben Smart reported about 20 to 30 people gathered in the parking lot outside Results Driven Fitness in Burlington for the fitness class, which lasted about two hours.

RELATED: Burlington gym holds outdoor group exercise class ‘to show we can be safe and open up’ during coronavirus pandemic

11:33 a.m. – NCDHHS reports 1,107 new cases of coronavirus in North Carolina. It’s the largest single-day increase so far. There are currently 589 people hospitalized due to COVID-19. 11,637 people have recovered from coronavirus in North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports.

10:23 a.m. – Greensboro is offering businesses without outdoor seating permits. The city hopes outdoor seating will allow for more customers, aiding restaurants as they reopen in Phase 2.

RELATED: Greensboro city leaders offer permits for restaurants to have outdoor seating


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RELATED: Greensboro city leaders offer permits for restaurants to have outdoor seating

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