by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
Image source: Screenshot of April 29, 2020, WXII 12 News video of small business owner Matthew “Jax” Myers, who was arrested for reopening his tattoo business after receiving no small business assistance loan or federal Paycheck Protection Program help — and also after 13 failed attempts to collect unemployment — after Gov. Roy Cooper, in defiance of the state Emergency Management Act, declared his business “nonessential” and forced him and hundreds of thousands of other North Carolinians into immediate unemployment and then proceeded to make a shambles of the state Division of Employment Security, leaving hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians waiting for weeks to months just to collect unemployment insurance. Myers said, “I’m a law-abiding citizen; I’ve done nothing wrong; I’m not endangering lives; I’m trying to support my family.”
For June 14, the estimate is now 70.3% of adult North Carolinians with immunity (vaccine-induced immunity andnatural immunity), using CDC estimates of actual infections and DHHS estimates of current vaccinations and the formula outlined here.
As a reminder, it is widely accepted that herd immunity from Covid-19 is with 70% of people immune. Furthermore, the ongoing, rapid decline in virus numbers in North Carolina (new cases are down 66% since May 14, when Cooper lifted nearly all restrictions) is also indicative that North Carolina is either at or very near herd immunity.
The past two weeks, I’ve noticed that DHHS keeps finding “new” Covid deaths that actually occurred in 2020. From last Monday’s report to this Monday’s (June 14), DHHS has added five more deaths from 2020. Four were in December.
One was in May — over a year ago.