Cooper: NC to stay in ‘Safer-at-Home’ Phase Two

By on August 5, 2020

Gov. Roy Cooper

Stating that “stable is good, but decreasing is better,” North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said today that the state will remain “paused” in its current “Safer at Home” Phase Two of reopening for five more weeks.

The current “Safer-at-Home” response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been in effect since May 22, and its extension means that businesses such as bars and gyms are still officially prohibited from operating.

During his 4 p.m. briefing on Aug. 5, Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary (NCDHHS) Mandy Cohen alluded to what Cohen described as “glimmers of hope” in the trajectory of the COVID-19 outbreak in the state.

But referring to the start of some public school in-person learning as well as the return of students to college campuses this month, Cooper cautioned that those openings mean that “people will move around more and so will the virus…we know there will be a lot of movement and some spreading of the virus…One of the things we don’t want to do is to go backward.”

In response to a reporter’s question, the governor said that the decision to keep the current phase of restrictions in effect for five more weeks was based on a desire to have time to see what happens during the school re-openings.

In recent days, there has been some improving news about the trajectory of COVID-19 in North Carolina — most notably, a decrease in the number of new cases reported each day — leading Cohen to say at the briefing that “we see subtle signs of progress.”

In reviewing key COVID-19 trends, Cohen said the trend measuring those who visit emergency rooms with COVID-like symptoms is “declining, but is still “high above its baseline.” In terms of new lab reported cases, the NCDHHS Secretary stated that, “We are starting to stabilize, but the rate of these cases is still high.”

Positive COVID-19 tests as a percentage of all tests administered is still hovering between 7% and 8%, Cohen added, which is substantially above the desired goal of 5% positivity. And the number of hospitalizations related to COVID-19 are “beginning to flatten,” according to Cohen.

During the Q&A session with reporters following his remarks, Cooper was asked whether he thought North Carolina would be able to further ease restrictions and move into a Phase Three of re-opening before a vaccine becomes widely available.

“I hope that we will,” he responded, without venturing further, “because there are ways to control the spread of this virus.”



Comments

  • Cat Man

    Yeah, and after that, it’ll be another 5 weeks. Pooper’s just pulling stuff out his *ss because he likes being boss. Just like the restrictions on alcohol sales hours, there’s no science in this crap.

    Wednesday, Aug 5 @ 6:53 pm
  • Louise

    Thank you Governor Cooper for doing the right thing and taking care of your people. You will get my vote in November!

    Thursday, Aug 6 @ 7:40 pm
  • Dethrol

    This is what tyranny looks like. The goalposts move once again. Get it? Restrictions may change, they certainly don’t have to rely on common sense or science but, rest assured, the good guv is following the liberal playbook to the letter. How about this, we can guarantee it ends, with or without his highness’ approval, on November 3. Vote this loser out of office.

    Thursday, Aug 6 @ 10:58 pm
  • Cat Man

    Dethrol- pretty much right on! Amazing what fear does to people. Ben Franklin had it right in his observation that those who would give up freedom for security deserve neither. What is lacking in virtually ALL of the reporting on the Kungflu is perspective! If we had seen the panicked response that this stuff elicits during our yearly flu outbreaks, the country would have already been destroyed.

    Friday, Aug 7 @ 5:42 pm
  • Independent American

    Governor I applaud your leadership. Too many politicians are bending like pine trees in a gale…” gee what do the citizens wanna hear?” “What answer will get me elected again?” But no…despite the noise….our governor continues to act for our best health and interests. Like an unpopular parent that makes an unpopular decision for a teens weekend plans (most probably also for their betterment)…..Gov Cooper continues to do his job regardless of it’s popularity or lack therein. I realize bar owners , theater owners, gym owners, and others are suffering…..it is an unfortunate side effect. His job is to act in the best interest of our citizens….and he is. Following the science and medical professional advise rather then the “I want re-election over all other goals” approach. Thank you for your service. You will be a hero in the history of NC, after the dust settles.

    Sunday, Aug 9 @ 7:24 am
  • Concerned American

    It’s amazing how so many “citizens” (being concerned and caring about your country) claim to be upset by this action. We are the laughing stock of the world, but “citizens” continue to complain about wearing a mask and taking preventive measures. I don’t care what side of the aisle you are on. Wearing a mask and being socially distant will open the economy! Everyone likes money! Look at every other country except our freedom loving Americans. It baffles me how stupid we are when it comes to this. The Governor is taking the high road yet people want to criticize. Why? I doubt anyone else has a higher education and could formulate a better plan. Be humble and grateful that someone actually cares. United we stand and divided we fall.

    Monday, Aug 10 @ 11:26 am