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Governor extends coronavirus orders, says more vaccines coming

Posted on January 27, 2021

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Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing on North Carolina's coronavirus pandemic response at the N.C. Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

Travis Long | The News & Observer via AP

Gov. Roy Cooper speaks during a briefing on North Carolina's coronavirus pandemic response at the N.C. Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh.

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Gov. Roy Cooper extended the state’s modified stay-at-home order Wednesday in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. 

The order requiring people to be at home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. unless traveling to or from work is now in effect through Feb. 28. The statewide mask mandate remains in effect, along with mass gathering limits and capacity limits for retail stores and other businesses. 

“While it’s good to see our numbers are decreasing and stabilizing, they remain too high,” Cooper said during Wednesday’s news conference. “We need to keep up our efforts to slow the spread of the virus.” 

In addition, Cooper extended a moratorium on evictions to help people stay in their homes during the pandemic. He also extended the order to allow to-go and delivery sales for mixed beverages, which will be in effect through March 31. 

STATE VACCINE UPDATE 

Cooper said the state’s top priority is getting vaccines to people as quickly and equitably as possible. The state has administered 99.8% of the COVID-19 vaccine first doses it received from the federal government. 

“The sticking point right now for our state and the nation is not enough vaccine,” Cooper said. “We do have thousands of shots, but there are millions of people who need two of them.” 

Cooper said federal officials notified him on Tuesday that the government will increase vaccine shipments to states by 16% over the next three weeks. 

“This will help, but we still need much more,” Cooper said. “I know this is a maddening and frustrating time for many of you. Hundreds of thousands of you have had success in getting vaccinated, but many more of you haven’t been able to get appointments or have been put on waiting lists. It’ll get better as North Carolina gets more vaccine and more providers giving it out.” 

Until then, Cooper said, North Carolinians need to keep practicing the three Ws: wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart and wash hands frequently. 

“I want every single person to be immunized to prevent this cruel disease,” Cooper said. “We’ll make sure everyone has a spot to get their shot.” 

STATEWIDE FIGURES

The state added 5,587 newly confirmed COVID-19 cases Wednesday, up from 3,978 cases the day prior. 

Hospitalizations decreased from Tuesday to Wednesday. There are currently 3,305 people hospitalized due to the virus. 

North Carolina’s pandemic death toll stood at 8,915 on Wednessday afternoon. 

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