COVID-19 Related Deaths in Cabarrus County; Stay-at-Home Order Issued

CHARLOTTE, NC – Local and state leaders urging people to abide by the stay-at-home orders. The calls for compliance come as the first two COVID-19 related deaths in North Carolina are reported in Cabarrus County.

Cabarrus county issuing a stay at home order effective Thursday evening at 5 p.m.

There are 18 cases of COVID-19 in the county. 

“Unfortunately two of these individuals have died from complications of the virus,” said Erin Shoe with Cabarrus Health Alliance.

The first, is a person in their 70’s who had underlying health problems. 

The second, is a person in their 60’s who stopped in Cabarrus county while traveling through the state to Virginia. They died after receiving medical treatment in Cabarrus. 

“There are families that are forever changed by COVID 19,” said Steve Morris, the Chairman of the Cabarrus County Commission.

“It’s with a heavy heart that I must tell you that these will not be our last,” explained a somber Gov. Roy Cooper.

Governor Roy Cooper, speaking during a Wednesday news conference,  issued a somber warning as COVID-19 cases in the state surge past 500.

Cooper says further action and restrictions are likely as the days continue and the numbers climb. 

“These actions have been difficult, but necessary to slow the spread,” said Cooper.

Right now, 29 people in the state are being treated in hospitals. Some of them are in critical condition. 

The state has ordered 70 million dollars worth of personal protective gear to prepare hospitals for the possible influx of patients. 

The move comes as more and more businesses are forced to close and lay off workers. 

“It’s imperative that we keep North Carolinians safe while doing everything we can to limit the economic impact of this virus,” said Cooper.

Meantime, Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles says they’re continuing to lobby the federal government for stimulus funding. 

“We can’t ignore the crisis that’s going to be created economically for our citizens,” said Lyles.

She says one in nine people in the city work in hospitality. She continued saying the city is doing what they can to clean and sanitize public transportation so people can get to essential businesses. 

“Everybody is taking a hit on this,” said Lyles.

As for the future of large events in the city, like the Republican National Convention in August; Lyles is taking a wait and see approach. 

“What we will do is follow the national and federal guidelines and who knows what the summer will be like,” said Lyles.