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Cooper extends overnight curfew

Posted on January 6, 2021

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RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper extended the state’s modified stay-at-home order through Friday, Jan. 29. The order requires people to be at home from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 

“We have turned the page on a new year —  one that we’re hoping will bring better times,” Cooper said in a state news release. “But as we know, the virus didn’t disappear at midnight on Dec. 31. In fact, in North Carolina, we have seen some of our highest case counts, percent positives, hospitalizations and ICU bed usage numbers in the past few days. No matter where you live, work, worship or play, COVID-19 remains a deadly threat, and we must treat it that way.”

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen also issued a secretarial directive Wednesday. That directive suggests that North Carolinians avoid indoor spaces without masks and gatherings between households. 

State health officials say the directive aligns with recent recommendations from the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the governor’s orders and the COVID-19 county alert system for the state. 

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. 

• Avoid leaving home if you are over 65 or at high risk for developing serious illness. Use delivery services or alternative pickup methods for food and retail.

• Avoid gathering with people who do not live with you. 

• Wear a mask and keep distance from people when you leave home.

• Avoid any indoor public spaces where people are not wearing masks.

• Stay away from crowds. Avoid places where people may gather in large numbers.

“We are in a very dangerous position. North Carolinians need to take immediate actions to save lives, slow the spread of the virus and protect hospital capacity so that medical care is available to anyone who may need it, whether for COVID-19 or for any other reason,” Cohen said in a release. 

STATEWIDE VACCINATION PLAN

Cooper and Cohen also discussed North Carolina’s efforts to support the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Cooper has mobilized 50 North Carolina National Guard personnel to support the state. 

The National Guard will assist with administering the vaccine and provide logistical support for local health officials.  

“As we work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we are also helping local hospitals and health departments to support their vaccine efforts,” Cooper said. “Getting the vaccine out quickly is the most urgent priority right now, and we will use everything and everyone needed to get the job done.” 

State health officials said they’re onboarding more health care providers to administer the vaccine and sharing detailed guidance with providers to help them get the vaccine out more quickly. 

The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services has also notified vaccine providers that future allocations will be based on how quickly they are able to get their supply out to eligible recipients, officials said. 

State health officials said if an entity is not using its vaccine supply quickly enough or keeping the state database updated on its progress, it could receive fewer vaccine doses going forward. 

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