By Outer Banks Voice on January 6, 2021
Issuing grim warnings about the levels of COVID-19 spread in the state, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that North Carolina would remain in its current Modified Stay-at-Home Order for another three weeks. Under that order, people are required to stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and a number of businesses must close by 10 p.m.
“The number paint a dark and difficult picture,” said Cooper during a Jan. 6 briefing. “We are at a critical point in the fight against this virus.”
According to the North Carolina COVID-19 County Alert system, 96 of North Carolina’s 100 counties are currently categorized as orange (substantial community spread) or red (critical community spread). Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties are now all listed in the red category.
At the briefing, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen issued a directive stating that people should only leave home for “essential activities;” that individuals should not gather with anyone they do not live with; that those who do leave home should wear masks and social distance; and that people should avoid indoor places where people are not wearing masks.
On Jan. 6, the state reported 6,952 cases of COVID-19 as well as 3,893 people hospitalized with the virus. The percentage of positive tests reported today also hit a record high of 17.8%. At the same time, the number of those who have succumbed to the virus has passed the 7,000 mark.
Note: Every morning, the NC Department of Health and Human Services posts updates the 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.
SOURCE: NC DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH