By Outer Banks Voice on January 27, 2021
Noting that COVID-19 trends have begun to level off in North Carolina, but are still too high, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has extended the state’s current “Modified “Stay-At-Home” Order through Feb. 28. Cooper made the announcement during a Jan. 27 press briefing.
The Order requires non-essential businesses to close by 10 p.m. and includes a 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. statewide curfew. The extended directive also keeps in place the 9 p.m. on-site alcohol sales and the statewide face covering mandate. Cooper’s Order extends businesses’ ability to continue the sale of to-go mixed alcoholic drinks through March 31.
The moratorium on evictions also remains in effect, Cooper noted during the briefing. N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Director Dr. Mandy Cohen asserted during the briefing that her Secretarial Directive for North Carolinians to stay home except for essential activities also remains in place.
“I know our trends have slightly improved, but we don’t want to get numb to these numbers,” Cohen said. “They are still extremely high and now we have a new contagious variant of this virus in North Carolina.” On Jan. 23, North Carolina health officials reported the first identified case of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in the state.
Update: The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported 20 new cases of COVID-19 on Jan. 27. The 20 cases are evenly split between residents and non-residents of Dare County. That brings the total number of cases reported here since the outset of the pandemic to 2,488. There are now 211 active cases among the county’s residents.
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