North Carolina Surpasses 10,000 COVID-19 Cases And Saw 6% Increase In Deaths Over 24 Hours

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North Carolina officials just announced that our state has passed 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases.

This morning, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported a total of 10,509 cases, which is an increase of 563 compared to yesterday’s total. They also reported the death toll is now 378, which is 24 more than yesterday’s total – a 6% increase in 24 hours.

Mecklenburg County is now reporting a total of 1,627 confirmed COVID-19 cases (40 more than yesterday) and 47 COVID-19 deaths (1 more than yesterday).

Last week, Governor Cooper closed all schools for the remainder of the school year, extended North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order, and announced a 3-phase opening plan which could begin as soon as May 8th;

In Phase 1:

  • Modify the Stay At Home order allow travel not currently defined as essential allowing people to leave home for commercial activity at any business that is allowed to be open, such as clothing stores, sporting goods stores, book shops, houseware stores and other retailers.
  • Ensure that any open stores implement appropriate employee and consumer social distancing, enhanced hygiene and cleaning protocols, symptom screening of employees, accommodations for vulnerable workers, and provide education to employees and workers to combat misinformation
  • Continue to limit gatherings to no more than 10 people
  • Reopen parks that have been closed subject to the same gathering limitation. Outdoor exercise will continue to be encouraged.
  • Continue to recommend face coverings in public spaces when 6 feet of distancing isn’t possible
  • Encourage employers to continue teleworking policies
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings
  • Local emergency orders with more restrictive measures may remain in place.

Phase 2

At least 2-3 weeks after Phase 1

  • Lift Stay At Home order with strong encouragement for vulnerable populations to continue staying at home to stay safe
  • Allow limited opening of restaurants, bars, fitness centers, personal care services, and other businesses that can follow safety protocols including the potential need to reduce capacity
  • Allow gathering at places such as houses of worship and entertainment venues at reduced capacity
  • Increase in number of people allowed at gatherings
  • Open public playgrounds
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings

Phase 3

At least 4-6 weeks after Phase 2

  • Lessen restrictions for vulnerable populations with encouragement to continue practicing physical distancing and minimizing exposure to settings where distancing isn’t possible
  • Allow increased capacity at restaurants, bars, other businesses, houses of worships, and entertainment venues
  • Further increase the number of people allowed at gatherings
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and other congregant care settings

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