Will Cooper ease COVID restrictions this week?

By on September 29, 2020

(North Carolina and Dare County Department of Health and Human Services)

Governor Roy Cooper’s scheduled appearance at a COVID-19 briefing on Wednesday, Sept. 30 could mean he will make an announcement on easing more re-opening restrictions in the state. On Sept. 22, the governor announced he would allow large outdoor venues to open at 7% of capacity when the current Executive Order expires on Oct. 2 — and suggested he might ease other restrictions by that date as well.

Any such re-opening plans, Cooper said, would be contingent on the key metrics tracking the trajectory of the virus in the state remaining stable and going in the right direction. Although there have been recent days with a relatively high number of new cases reported, On Sept. 29, North Carolina reported less than 900 new cases (889) for the second day in a row. A total of 3,494 people in the state have succumbed to COVID-19 and current hospitalizations moved back over the 900 mark, at 950.

Dare County

Dare County reported 6 new cases of COVID-19 on Sept. 29. Three of the individuals are residents of Dare County and three are non-residents. Four of them are under 25 years of age, one is between 25 and 49 and one is between 50 and 64. All six are isolating in Dare County or in their home county. The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services (DCDHHS) also reported that four Dare County residents previously categorized as having active cases are now listed as recovered. In addition, 10 non-residents have been moved from the active to recovered category.

In a COVID-19 updated published on Sept. 29, the DCDHHS provided this overview of the recent cases of the virus in the county.

“Over the past two months, we have seen lower numbers of new COVID-19 cases as compared to the number of cases in July and early August. While this is encouraging, it does not mean the COVID-19 virus is not in our community. Unfortunately, just in the past 2 days we have seen an increase of 14 cases, with 4 of those being 18 years and younger. While more and more people are beginning to re-engage in activities with others, we can expect to see cases increase. It is critical for everyone to be responsible and follow the 3Ws to help reduce the spread COVID-19. The 3Ws are really the most effective tools to help protect yourself, your family and our community. Please,

  • Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
  • Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.”

Statewide NC coronavirus numbers – Sept. 29

(See todays’s ‘COVID-19 Update’ for NC interactive charts)

  • Reported NC cases – 209,137 (up 889 from yesterday)
  • Reported NC deaths – 3,494
  • Currently hospitalized – 950
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 285 (down 29 since yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 118 (up 26 since yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 287 (up 16 since yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 184,422   
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 858 (Dare 547, Currituck 184, Hyde 127)
  • Completed tests – 3,014,780

Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates o number of reported cases of coronavirus. That number reflects positive results from all tests, including the NC State Laboratory of Public Health and all hospital and commercial labs. There may be other reports, from the media and elsewhere, that will include different numbers during a given day, but this is an effective way of tracking numbers from the same source on a day-to-day basis.


Link to COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard

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