Business Session

Vice President Pence nominated unanimously

Roll call vote for President including remarks by Vice President Pence and remarks by President Trump

President Trump nominated unanimously

session adjourned at 1:52 p.m. ET

Republican National Convention
August 24, 2020

Republican National Convention Officially Re-Nominates President Trump and Vice President Pence   

CHARLOTTE - Today, delegates of the Republican National Convention officially declared Donald J. Trump and Michael R. Pence the 2020 Republican Nominees for President and Vice President of the United States.
“This is an historic moment in the life of our nation as we re-nominate Donald Trump and Mike Pence for President and Vice President and set our Party on a path to victory. Today’s unanimous re-nomination is a reflection of the unified support for the Trump-Pence ticket. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are running on the most radical, socialist, extreme-left ticket in American history, and we must vote like our lives and our country depend on it this November.  Our Party is unified, our supporters are energized, and we go forward confident in our cause of re-electing President Trump and Vice President Pence 70 days from now!” – RNC Chairman Ronna McDaniel
North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Michael Whatley delivered the official nominating speech for President Trump, with Florida Republican Party Chairman Joe Gruters seconding the motion. These nominations were a tribute to North Carolina, the host state of the Convention, and Florida, President Trump’s home state. 
Former Governor Scott Walker from Wisconsin delivered the nominating speech for Vice President Mike Pence, with his home state Chair, Indiana Republican Party Chairman Kyle Hupfer, formally nominating him on the floor. The state delegates then unanimously voted by acclamation for Vice President Pence as the Vice-Presidential nominee.
Today’s formal nominations took place in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Republican National Convention under Rule 37(e), which provided that in-person delegate participation in Charlotte included six delegates from each state and territory for a total of 336 delegates to abide by COVID-19 state health regulations. Each state and territory delegation typically included the State Party Chairman, National Committeeman, National Committeewoman, the two Credentials Committee members, and the State Delegation Chairman. All delegates, regardless of whether they were physically present in Charlotte, could still vote for the President and Vice President nominations.
The Republican National Convention will continue this week with exciting primetime programming and speeches. Vice President Pence will formally give his acceptance speech on Wednesday, with President Trump closing the Convention on Thursday with his official acceptance speech. 


On Democrats: "What they're doing is using COVID to steal an election." [transcript]

Mecklenburg County
August 27, 2020

Data for August 26

Charlotte, NC– As of 5 p.m. on August 27, 2020 there were 24,952 cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) with 290 deaths due to COVID-19 reported among Mecklenburg County residents.
Of note, approximately 792 COVID-19 tests were conducted among individuals attending or providing support to the Republican National Convention (RNC) Meeting in the City of Charlotte. Of these, 2 attendees and 2 individuals supporting the event tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals were immediately issued isolation instructions and any known close contacts were notified and issued quarantine instructions by Mecklenburg County Public Health (MCPH). As previously reported, additional details about the RNC Meeting will be included in the official After Action Report, unless there is a recognized threat to the public's health.

Additionally, since early August, at least 62 cases of COVID-19 among Mecklenburg County residents were connected to higher educational institutions outside of Mecklenburg County. MCPH conducted initial case interviews with these residents and transferred the cases to local health departments where the resident is currently residing for additional follow-up as per routine protocol. These cases are not included in the Mecklenburg County data.

Data as of August 26, 2020 are presented in more detail below. MCPH provides these routine updates about reported cases of COVID-19 to help our community better understand how this pandemic is developing in our county. These results only reflect laboratory confirmed cases of COVID-19 among county residents. Many individuals infected by COVID-19 have not been tested because they are asymptomatic. As such, these results are very fluid and only represent a fraction of the true burden of COVID-19 in our community.

Daily case counts provided by MCPH may differ from state and federal counts due to delays in reporting to the various entities. MCPH updates case counts after an initial case review and, where possible, a patient interview is conducted, which includes confirming county residency. Cases reported after 5PM are counted in the following days case count.

Highlights about the 24,741 COVID-19 cases reported in Mecklenburg County as of August 26, 2020 include:

  •     About 3 in 4 reported cases were adults ages 20 to 59 years old.
  •     About 3 in 10 reported cases are Hispanic – most of whom are younger adults. As previously noted, some factors influencing this trend include:
  •         Targeted testing occurring in neighborhoods with lower access to care, some of which have larger Hispanic populations;
  •         Higher proportions of Hispanics working in essential jobs that make social distancing difficult;
  •         Significant household spread among large families; and
  •         Pre-existing disparities in other social and economic determinants of health, like poverty.
MCPH continues to expand outreach to Hispanic members of our community, including increased dissemination of the outreach toolkit in Spanish for community partners, setting up targeted outreach to Hispanic owned- and serving-businesses, and partnering with local organizations and media outlets to spread key prevention messages.

  •     About 1 in 20 reported cases were hospitalized due to their COVID-19 infection. While everyone is at risk for severe COVID-19 complications, reported cases who were older adults (≥ 60 years) were more likely to be hospitalized compared to younger individuals.
  •     About 3 out of 4 have met CDC criteria to be released from isolation.
  •     During the past week, an average of 130 laboratory confirmed infections were reported compared to the 14-day average of 118 confirmed infections. These data are based on Mecklenburg resident cases reported to MCPH.
  •     During the past week, an average of 140 individuals with laboratory confirmed COVID-19 infections were hospitalized at acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County.  Overall this represents a decrease over the last 14 days. These data are based on daily census counts from acute care facilities in Mecklenburg County reporting to MCPH.
  •     During the past week, an average of 6.4 percent of individuals who were tested in Mecklenburg County were positive for COVID-19. This represents a decrease over the last 14 days. These data only include tests conducted in Mecklenburg County by Atrium Health, Novant Health, CVS Health, Walgreens Pharmacy and Tryon Medical Partners as available. Tryon Medical Partners began providing data as of August 11, 2020. These data were validated and included for the first time in this report. Given the overall volume, the addition had very little impact on the overall trends. Reporting of negative results to MCPH is not required or covered by communicable disease reporting laws. MCPH will include results from other providers and laboratories as accurate, consistent and timely reporting mechanisms are established. MCPH
  •     Two hundred-ninety deaths due to COVID-19 occurred among reported cases.
  •         Almost all deaths were among older adults (≥ 60 years), 4 deaths occurred in adults ages 20 to 39 and 39 deaths were adults ages 40 to 59.
  •         All deaths, except three, occurred among adults with underlying chronic illnesses.
  •         More than half were non-Hispanic Whites. The disparity in COVID-19 deaths among non-Hispanic Whites is related to differences in race/ethnicity of residents of long-term care (LTC) facilities actively experiencing an outbreak.
  •         More than half of deaths were connected to active outbreaks at long-term care (LTC) facilities.
  •         Among deaths not connected to outbreaks at long-term care facilities, nearly 3 in 4 were non-White, with 40 percent being non-Hispanic Black. As previously noted, these disparities are largely driven by higher rates of underlying chronic conditions that increase risk of severe complications due to COVID-19 infection among these communities.
  •     Based on publicly available mobility tracking data, social distancing slightly increased then slightly decreased in Mecklenburg County over the last 14 days. Overall, this represents a fairly stable trend over the last 14 days.