Cooper extends Modified Stay-at-Home Order

By 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.


Statewide NC coronavirus numbers on Jan. 6

Link to COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard

  • Total reported NC cases – 582,348
  • New cases reported today – 6,952
  • Reported deaths – 7,076 (124 since yesterday)
  • Currently hospitalized – 3,893 (up 112 since yesterday)
  • Suspected COVID-19 cases hospitalized in past 24 hours – 344 (up 79 from yesterday)
  • Confirmed COVID-19 case hospitalized in past 24 hours – 531 (up 149 from yesterday)
  • Adults in ICU with COVID-19 – 823 (up 10 from yesterday)
  • Patients presumed to be recovered – 487,090
  • Reported cases in Dare, Currituck and Hyde Counties – 2,982 (Dare 1,829, Currituck 720, Hyde 433)
  • Completed tests – 7,191,700
  • Daily percent positive tests – 17.8%
  • Received first dose of vaccine – 109,799, received both doses—461

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.



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  • KDH back seat reviewer

    Am I missing something: We here in Dare County are in a critical/code redl listing by the state of North Carolina in regards to the Covid 19 worldwide pandemic and the school board is discussing reopening schools?
    Dude, I don’t know. I just wanna ride some waves and have tasty buds.

    Wednesday, Jan 6 @ 4:30 pm
  • Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

    Thank you, Spicolli

    Wednesday, Jan 6 @ 5:01 pm
  • Thinking About The Future

    KDH back seat reviewer – I guess we’re both missing something. Restaurants for inside dining are still open? Schools reopening? Raise your hands teachers who are excited about going back to work inside? If schools could come up with new ways of teaching including partial teaching outside – weather permitting, as they are doing in Vermont, maybe that could work.

    People let’s get real on this – unless you are still part of the group that thinks this is a hoax.

    Wednesday, Jan 6 @ 7:05 pm
  • Run you over with the bus

    How about we paint the factual picture, we’ve had this many cases and this many have recovered? Then the number recovered is compared to the death rate? Instead we have the power hungry government treating this like it’s the Black Plaque, but it’s not! They’re in turn shredding everyone’s Civil Liberties and tossing the Constitution to the curb like it’s 300 year old milk. This world has gone to Hell and a hand basket and it will be unrecognizable soon.

    Wednesday, Jan 6 @ 8:58 pm
  • Truth

    Extend something that doesn’t work, just like those stupid Masks…

    Thursday, Jan 7 @ 3:07 am
  • hightider

    Dear Mark – thank you for your most excellent commentary using movie quotes. Party on! Frankly I think KDH’s goals are good ones…

    Thursday, Jan 7 @ 3:31 am
  • Onevoice

    The truth has a hard time catching up with a lie.
    I want to thank all those who have taking the science seriously … Those of us who continue to change our behavior Because of the facts have done our job to protect our community the numbers of people who didn’t get ill because of our actions will never be counted.

    Thursday, Jan 7 @ 6:24 am
  • OBXJoe

    Please ignore all of the anti-maskers and tump sounding Cons who spout liberty and conspiracy. REMEMBER: “It will be gone like a MIRACLE when the weather warms up”!! THAT was a lie too. If you doubt it, just ask the 350,000 DEAD PEOPLE…………….errrr well that won’t work too well will it?
    Young people for the most part will get mild cases and survive but likely pass it on to granma and pa who will be thanked for relieving the load on those terrible SOCIALIST programs like Social Security and Medicare

    Thursday, Jan 7 @ 11:54 am
  • Joan Mcminn

    They need to close our borders and keep the tourist out for a year, the. We will c when cooper starts crying they never should have opened our borders in dare county last summer that’s when u saw the surges start. The vaccine fiasco is an absolute joke I called and they don’t know when they will be able to schedule me in fact they don’t have enough vaccines after all the democratic bureaucrats got there’s is there justice just because they r professional do nothing politicians

    Friday, Jan 8 @ 8:50 am
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