North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced an extension to his modified stay at home order, along with NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen issuing a secretarial directive to limit unessential activities for residents on Wednesday.
“I’m extending for three weeks the modified stay at home order that requires people to be home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.,” Cooper said about the curfew. “Our other strong safety measures remain in place. The statewide mask mandate, closure of indoor bars and limits on mass gatherings and retail establishment capacity.”
Cooper talked about the “strong directive” issue by Dr. Cohen which is not enforceable by law, but rather a recommendation. He took it one step further by saying, “Simply put, don’t go places indoors where people aren’t wearing masks.”
According to the latest COVID-19 figures, 97 of the state’s 100 counties are in the orange or red, with a huge amount of community spread.
Similar to the stay at home order issue last April, North Carolinians are directed to only leave home for essential activities such as going to work or school, for health care purposes, to care for family members or to buy food.
North Carolina reported 6,385 new COVID-19 cases with 69 deaths on Wednesday.
An elevated total as the Tar Heel State was ranked as one of the seven worst for the Coronavirus vaccine rollout, according to the CDC. Cooper called on the National Guard to help with the vaccination process on Monday. To date, North Carolina has administered just 25 percent of the vaccines they have on hand.