Source: Blue Ridge Public Radio

Governor Cooper announced at a press conference that the NCDHHS would partner with academic institutions, including UNC, ECU and Duke to further understanding of the coronavirus pandemic, according to Blue Ridge Public Radio.

“Earlier this week, I laid out our path forward to a new normal dependent upon testing, tracing and trends. I wanted to share some key updates about our work on that front,” Governor Cooper said at the press conference. “On testing, North Carolina has made great strides but we have more work to do. We’ve conducted at least 73,000 tests which is a long way from where we were a month ago.”

Cooper said testing had increased over the last two weeks but that the state needs more widespread testing. “Today we announce a partnership with three of our state’s medical universities to use testing and tracing to help us determine how far the disease has spread in the state,” Cooper said.

Cooper also said the state had made strides but required more assistance from the federal government with regard to testing supplies and PPE. 

“We have to focus our collective resources – across government, private and public sectors – to defeat this virus. Our research partners are integral to winning the fight,” NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, MD said. 

To learn more about the press conference and the partnership with North Carolina medical universities, visit Blue Ridge Public Radio.