On Tuesday, December 8, Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen announced that North Carolina will begin a Modified Stay at Home Order after a rapid increase in North Carolina’s key COVID-19 trends. Executive Order 181, which goes into effect Friday, December 11, requires people to stay at home between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. The order will be in effect until at least January 8, 2021.
Order 181 requires restaurants, bars, entertainment venues, personal care businesses and more to close at 10:00 p.m. Travel to and from work; to obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services; or to take care of a family member is exempted. Read more in the Frequently Asked Questions document.
Governor Cooper was clear that further action would be taken to slow the spread of the virus if trends do not improve. This could require further limiting of restaurant dining, indoor entertainment or shopping and retail capacity restrictions, among other safety protocols.
Read Executive Order 181 here.
Read the Frequently Asked Questions here.
Read the slides from yesterday’s briefing here.
Updated COVID-19 County Alert System Moves Mecklenburg to Orange
Dr. Cohen provided an update on North Carolina’s COVID-19 County Alert System map. The number of red counties (critical community spread) has more than doubled since November 23, up to 48 red counties. There are now 34 orange counties (substantial community spread).
With the most recent report, more than 80% of the state’s counties fall into the red or orange tier. Mecklenburg County is now classified as orange.
Read the update to see where each county stands and how the system was designed.