As North Carolina’s COVID-19 numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday (February 24) that the state will carefully ease some of its restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect Friday (February 26) at 5 p.m. and will expire March 26th at 5 p.m.
The Executive Order lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order requiring people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoors.
The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will be open for patrons indoors as they adhere to new occupancy restrictions. Many businesses, venues and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors.
Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Because indoor spaces have a higher risk of spread for COVID-19, indoor facilities in the 30%-occupancy category may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) people per indoor room or indoor space. Read the full executive order here: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO195-Easing-Restrictions.pdf
COVID-19 hospitalizations fell again in Catawba County Wednesday, falling to 40 from 42 in the previous report. Single-day new cases totals remain lower in recent weeks, on Wednesday 26 cases of the coronavirus were reported, raising the total to 16,983 overall. One virus-related death was reported, raising the count to 279.
The Caldwell County Health Department has started administering vaccines to Caldwell County School System and Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute personnel. 26 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Wednesday in Caldwell County, increasing the total to 8,599, with 130 deaths. Hospitalizations remained at 17.
Two coronavirus-associated deaths were reported Wednesday in Burke County, increasing the total to 140. Both individuals were in their 70s, one was hospitalized. 22 new cases of the virus were confirmed, lifting the overall tally to 9,401. There were 11 people hospitalized.
16 new COVID-19 cases were reported Wednesday in Alexander County, increasing the total to 3,876, with 81 deaths. There were ten people hospitalized.