North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced the unveiling of a “County Alert System” as COVID-19 numbers continue to increase across the state.
Gov. Cooper made the announcement this afternoon (November 17), on the day that saw the second highest single-day total of new cases statewide, with 3,288 infections reported.
The governor announced during the press briefing that the state will introduce a color-coded map to show how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting each county statewide by measuring rate of new cases and hospitalizations. Red indicates Critical Community Spread, Orange denotes Substantial Community Spread and yellow Shows Significant Community Spread.
Alexander County is classified as “Red”, Catawba and Caldwell are “Orange”, and Burke is considered “Yellow.”
The map will also provide actions individuals, businesses, community organizations and public officials can take to slow the spread of the virus.[Photos courtesy of Governor Roy Cooper’s Facebook page]