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NC Asks FEMA For Quarantine Shelters

California Air National Guard personnel from the 146th Airlift Wing assist with retrofitting the Los Angeles Convention Center into a federal medical station. The 146th Airlift Wing has been mobilized to provide humanitarian aid across the state of Califo

North Carolina's COVID-19 task force is asking FEMA to provide quarantine shelters as part of the effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

At a press conference Thursday afternoon, state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry said FEMA's approval would provide thousands of rooms for people who could be infected with COVID-19.

"This program would provide individual rooms in places like hotels, dormitories or other buildings for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 or who have tested positive, but don't need hospitalization," he said. "Also for people who are symptomatic and awaiting test results."

North Carolina saw its single largest one-day jump in identified cases Thursday, with the total number approaching 2,000. Meanwhile, Sprayberry said the state still has less than half of the N-95 masks it requested from the federal government to protect healthcare workers.

Will Michaels is WUNC's Weekend Host and Reporter.
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