RALEIGH – Here in the middle of April, in what is projected to be the apex of coronavirus impacts on North Carolina, many are beginning to openly wonder how we reopen North Carolina and get back to work. Some grassroots movements have already kicked off to reopen the state, but lieutenant governor Dan Forest thinks there are some critical questions to address before making that call.
Forest, who cautioned against the deleterious effects of forced business closures, thinks we should be starting the conversation now about how to get back to normal. For that, we need reliable information. Data.
- The age and risk category of those who are or have been hospitalized with COVID-19
- The age and risk category of those who have died from complications from COVID-19
- The number of hospital beds (inpatient and ICU) available by county and hospital
- The number of active cases that must be reached for our statewide hospital system to be overwhelmed
- The number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 who have recovered
- The number of tests completed on individual patients with COVID-19 to determine recovery
- A definition of what “recovered” means
- Demographic data on all people tested for COVID-19
- ZIP codes for all confirmed COVID-19 cases
- Cumulative number of hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and ventilator usage