NC'S COVID 19 CASE COUNT PASSES 155,000, HOSPITALIZATIONS DOWN: At least 155,113 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 2,531 have died, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Sunday reported 1,472 new cases of COVID-19, down from 1,729 the day before. Officials on Sunday reported 10 additional deaths, down from 27 the day before. Reported coronavirus-related deaths in the state reached a single-day high last Tuesday with 48. The rate of positive test results was 7% on Saturday, the latest date available. State health officials have said that rate should be 5% or lower. On Sunday, health officials reported a total of 898 coronavirus-related hospitalizations in North Carolina — the lowest they’ve been since July 1 and down from 996 Saturday.
ECU AND UNC-CHARLOTTE GOING ONLINE DUE TO PANDEMIC: ECU will move undergraduate courses online for the remainder of the fall semester, beginning Aug. 26. Undergraduate classes are suspended Monday and Tuesday at ECU to adjust to the change in the schedule. Professional and graduate courses will continue as they are currently operating at ECU. Fall classes began at ECU on Aug. 10. University residence halls will begin moving students out this week through Aug. 30. The university will work with international students, student athletes and hardship cases who apply to continue to live on campus, the university said. UNC at Charlotte will begin classes as scheduled on Sept. 7, but it’s delaying the start of undergraduate and graduate in-person instruction for three weeks until Thursday, Oct. 1. All instruction will begin as planned on the first day of classes Sept. 7, but will now be delivered online. UNC at Charlotte will continue to offer on-campus housing and dining services for students who have already arrived, international students and others with approved extenuating circumstances. The move-in period for other students is Sept. 26-29.
TRUMP HEADED TO CHARLOTTE THIS MORNING, GROWING NUMBER OF REPUBLICANS OPPOSE HIM: Trump is scheduled to land on Air Force One in Charlotte late Monday morning, right around the time Republican convention delegates are scheduled to announce the results of their roll-call vote for the presidential nomination. An advisory released by the White House makes no mention of activities related to the GOP convention, but there is widespread speculation that Trump will acknowledge his renomination in some way. More than two dozen former Republican members of Congress, including former senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, announced their support for Biden on Monday as part of a launch of a “Republicans for Biden" group, deliberately timed for the first day of the GOP convention. “In a strong rebuke to the current administration, these former members of Congress cited Trump’s corruption, destruction of democracy, blatant disregard for moral decency, and urgent need to get the country back on course as a reason why they support Biden,” the campaign said in a statement. “These former Members of Congress are supporting Joe Biden because they know what’s at stake in this election and that Trump’s failures as President have superseded partisanship.”
KELLYANNE CONWAY IS LEAVING WHITE HOUSE AFTER ANTI-TRUMP DAUGHTER MENTIONS "EMANCIPATION": In a statement, Conway called her time in the Trump administration “heady” and “humbling,” and said she and George were making the decision based on what they think is best for their four children. “We disagree about plenty,” she wrote of herself and her husband, “but we are united on what matters most: the kids. Our four children are teens and ‘tweens starting a new academic year in the middle school and high school that will be conducted remotely from home for at least a few months. As millions of parents nationwide know, kids ‘doing school from home’ requires a level of attention and vigilance that is as unusual as these times.” Conway continued: “This is completely my choice and my voice. In time, I will announce future plans. For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.” Conway’s high school daughter had drawn attention for tweets about her parents and politics. On Sunday, however, she also tweeted that social media was “becoming way too much,” so she had decided to take “a mental health break.” “See y’all soon,” she wrote. “Thank you for the love and support. No hate to my parents please.” Senior advisers on the campaign had suggested she take a leave of absence from the White House to join Trump’s reelection effort, and anticipated a significant role where she would travel to two states a day between now and the election. But Conway said she could not envision herself in that role right now, spending so much time away from her family.
TWITTER SPANKS TRUMP OVER ATTACK ON ABSENTEE BALLOT DROP BOXES: Twitter hid one of President Trump’s tweets behind a notice warning users that the message violated company rules against dissuading people from voting. Mr. Trump posted the tweet, which said that ballot drop boxes were not being sanitized to prevent the coronavirus and could be used for fraud, about five hours before Twitter took action on Sunday. Twitter has begun enforcing its rules more strictly against Mr. Trump as the presidential election approaches. In May, Twitter added fact-check labels to two of Mr. Trump’s tweets that contained misinformation about mail-in voting. Twitter escalated its efforts on Sunday, hiding Mr. Trump’s message behind a warning that said it “violated the Twitter Rules about civic and election integrity.” Twitter also restricted other users from sharing, liking or replying to the tweet, a move intended to prevent the message from spreading. “We placed a public interest notice on this Tweet for violating our Civic Integrity Policy for making misleading health claims that could potentially dissuade people from participation in voting,” a Twitter representative tweeted. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The 2016 presidential election exposed problems at social media companies, as they learned that foreign interference had been widespread on their platforms. Twitter, Facebook and other major companies have recently met to discuss election security. At Facebook, employees have discussed contingency plans and postelection scenarios, including attempts by Mr. Trump or his campaign to use the platform to delegitimize the results.