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WEB EXCLUSIVE Coronavirus cases in North Carolina continue to grow to staggering numbers, especially after all the travel we saw during the Thanksgiving holiday. On Saturday, December 5, another case record was broken, with 6,018 new positive cases overnight, and on Sunday, December 6, positive case numbers broke 6,000 again. The rate of positive cases is now over 10 percent.
As many other states experience the same staggering increase of positive COVID-19 cases and begin to roll back their restrictions and even push for statewide quarantines again, Governor Roy Cooper has taken additional action to combat the virus.
On Friday, December 11, a modified stay at home order will go into effect throughout North Carolina. North Carolinians are required to stay at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., meaning that businesses—restaurants, retailers, entertainment venues, etc.—are all required to close by 10 p.m. as well. Additionally, all on-site alcohol sales must end by 9 p.m.
Capacity limits are still in place, and everyone is encouraged to wear their masks whenever leaving their house. “It’s more important than ever to take this virus seriously,” Cooper said in a press conference held Tuesday, December 8. Cooper also said he will take additional actions if needed.
While a promising vaccination is on the horizon—DHHS secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said that vaccines could arrive in North Carolina as early as next week—they are not here yet, and so we all must do what we can do to stop the spread, including practicing the 3 W’s.
“Do not wait until you or a friend or family member are in a hospital bed,” Dr. Cohen said in today’s press conference. “Do not wait until it’s your family. Do those 3 W’s now. Protect yourself, your loved ones and the community.”
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