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Physical, Emotional And Economic Toll Of COVID-19 Pandemic Continues

North Carolina moves into three more weeks of Phase 2 today. Key metrics for measuring the pandemic's severity in the state are trending in the wrong direction, said NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.
North Carolina moves into three more weeks of Phase 2 today. Key metrics for measuring the pandemic's severity in the state are trending in the wrong direction, said NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen.

North Carolina hit a record number of coronavirus hospitalizations this week, a day after Gov. Roy Cooper announced a three-week extension of Phase 2. 

Host Anita Rao discusses hospitalizations, health insurance loss and changes to coronavirus data reporting with Rose Hoban, editor and reporter at North Carolina Health News.

The state’s hospitals have seen eight consecutive days of over 1,000 coronavirus patients, and confirmed coronavirus cases now total over 93,000. The Phase 2 executive order was set to expire July 17, but will now be in effect until at least Aug. 7, according to the governor’s Tuesday announcement.

Beyond the numbers, the pandemic continues to have an emotional and economic toll on North Carolina residents. Children have gone months without seeing incarcerated parents. New estimates show nearly 200,000 North Carolinians have lost health insurance due to pandemic-related job loss. Nursing homes may start allowing outdoor visitations, but ongoing outbreaks are still a problem at nursing homes and residential care facilities.

Host Anita Rao talks with Rose Hoban, reporter, editor and founder of North Carolina Health News, about the latest trends and effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the state.

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Anita Rao is the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content. She has traveled the country recording interviews for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps production department, founded and launched a podcast about millennial feminism in the South, and served as the managing editor and regular host of "The State of Things," North Carolina Public Radio's flagship daily, live talk show. Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest.
Kaia Findlay is a producer for The State of Things, WUNC's daily, live talk show. Kaia grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in a household filled with teachers and storytellers. In elementary school, she usually fell asleep listening to recordings of 1950s radio comedy programs. After a semester of writing for her high school newspaper, she decided she hated journalism. While pursuing her bachelor’s in environmental studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, she got talked back into it. Kaia received a master’s degree from the UNC Hussman School of Journalism, where she focused on reporting and science communication. She has published stories with Our State Magazine, Indy Week, and HuffPost. She most recently worked as the manager for a podcast on environmental sustainability and higher education. Her reporting passions include climate and the environment, health and science, food and women’s issues. When not working at WUNC, Kaia goes pebble-wrestling, takes long bike rides, and reads while hammocking.