Source: WNCT

Two years on from Hurricane Florence, NCORR is keeping its spending on-pace with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, WNCT reports. The office is continuing its focus on getting assistance to those most affected by the impacts of the storm.

“We are committed to helping people rebuild their lives in areas hit hard by multiple storms in recent years,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “We have made significant progress on recovery, but the increasing number and intensity of storms shows the importance of building back smarter and stronger.”

HUD issued their requirements for the funds appropriated for hurricane relief 500 days after the storm made landfall. The state has spent more than $3.5 billion to help the survivors recovering from Hurricanes Florence and Matthew.

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Fact Check: Dan Forest wrong about coronavirus and kids

Excerpt: Dan Forest earned a rating of “Mostly False” for his claim that the coronavirus is less deadly than the flu for children.

Source: WRAL

Republican Lt. Governor Dan Forest has said that, “All evidence points to the fact that our kids are 17 times more likely to have ill effects from the seasonal flu than they are from the coronavirus.” A recent fact check from WRAL’s PolitiFact finds that Forest’s claim is “Mostly False.”

PolitiFact asked experts if the consensus was as Forest suggested: “Children are 17 times more likely to have ill effects from the seasonal flu than they are from the coronavirus.”

“I’m not familiar with such a statistic,” said Bill Schaffner. Schaffner serves as professor of infectious diseases at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and medical director for the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

“They’re really oversimplifying the issues at hand,” Alan Schroeder, critical care physician at Stanford Children’s Health, told PolitiFact. “And for that reason I don’t find it to be a useful comparison.”

Forest “misrepresented” reporting in the Wall Street Journal, cherry-picking statistics and using “ill effects” as a euphemism for deaths. For those reasons, PolitiFact gave him a “Mostly False” rating for his claim.

In July, Politifact rated Forest’s claim “masks don’t work with viruses” as false.

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