North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper Extends Modified Stay-At-Home Order

RALEIGH, N.C. — Governor Roy Cooper says the North Carolina Modified Stay-At-Home Order will be extended until at least Sunday, February 28th, requiring people to stay home from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Gov. Cooper also extended the sale of to-go mixed drinks to help struggling businesses, and postponed landlords ability to evict tenants during the pandemic during a news conference on January 27th.

“With more than 3,300 people in the hospital, and the percent of positive tests in double digits, we know this virus is still spreading,” said Governor Cooper. “And with at least one new contagious variant of COVID-19 in our state, we still have work to do. We cannot let our guard down, especially in these cold winter months.”

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen says residents should stay home and only leave for essential purposes such as grocery shopping, seeing a doctor, and going to school or work.

“The 3 Ws are as essential as they have always been,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “Remember people can have COVID-19 and not know it. The best way to protect those around you is to act as if you do have the virus and could be contagious. That means always wearing a mask – over your mouth and nose, always waiting apart from others, and always washing your hands frequently.”

Health officials say North Carolina continues to administer doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, and as of today, 99.8 percent of all first doses received in the state have been administered.

Officials say vaccine supplies remain very low, but the Biden Administration assures its commitment to increase vaccine shipments to the states by 16 percent over the next three weeks.

Click here to see full news conference on Twitter.