Governor Cooper extended North Carolina’s Modified Stay At Home Order that requires people to be at home from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. to last through at least Friday, January 29, 2021.
Secretary Cohen also issued a Secretarial Directive with stark warnings for North Carolinians to avoid indoor spaces without masks and gatherings between households.
“We have turned the page on a new year – one that we’re hoping will bring better times. But as we know, the virus didn’t disappear at midnight on December 31,” Governor Cooper said. “In fact, in North Carolina, we have seen some of our highest case counts, percent positives, hospitalizations and ICU bed usage numbers in the past few days. No matter where you live, work, worship or play, COVID-19 remains a deadly threat, and we must treat it that way.”
“We are in a very dangerous position. North Carolinians need to take immediate actions to save lives, slow the spread of the virus, and protect hospital capacity so that medical care is available to anyone who may need it, whether for COVID-19 or for any other reason,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.
There are now 84 counties designated as red (critical community spread) and 12 counties that are yellow (substantial community spread).
North Carolina’s Data and Trends
North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is increasing.
North Carolina’s trajectory of cases is increasing.
North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive is increasing.
North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is increasing.
In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread in testing, tracing and prevention.