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Thursday COVID case update

April 9. COVID-19 diagnoses reported by Mecklenburg County: 848 cases, up from 805 yesterday. There are 10 COVID-related deaths up from eight total as of yesterday, as per Meck Department of Health.

Getting back to normal is not a light switch off and on, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the face of the White House’s coronavirus response.

In press conferences he demurs on getting back to normal by summer, but social distancing seems to be working. Schools may be able to reopen its schools in the fall.

A somewhat reassuring sign: Atrium and Novant have scaled down their request to build a field hospital in Charlotte to accommodate 3,000 COVID-19 patients. They’re now asking for 600 beds.

Mecklenburg County may see COVID-19 cases peak later than expected, allowing hospitals more time to prepare for high demand for beds and supplies.

North Carolina could see some 522 coronavirus-related deaths, according to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

IHME forecasts 27 COVID-19 deaths statewide on April 15, the peak of the virus in North Carolina.