RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper extended North Carolina’s Modified Stay At Home Order for at least another three weeks in an news conference today providing COVID-19 updates.
Gov. Cooper and health officials say the order requiring people to be stay home from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. will be in effect until at least January 29th, as North Carolina is seeing some of its highest case counts in just the past few days.
“We have turned the page on a new year – one that we’re hoping will bring better times. But as we know, the virus didn’t disappear at midnight on December 31,” Governor Cooper said. “In fact, in North Carolina, we have seen some of our highest case counts, percent positives, hospitalizations and ICU bed usage numbers in the past few days. No matter where you live, work, worship or play, COVID-19 remains a deadly threat, and we must treat it that way.”
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen issued a Secretarial Directive with stark warnings to avoid indoor spaces without masks and gatherings outside of your immediate household as vaccination efforts are underway in that state.
“We are in a very dangerous position. North Carolinians need to take immediate actions to save lives, slow the spread of the virus, and protect hospital capacity so that medical care is available to anyone who may need it, whether for COVID-19 or for any other reason,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.