At today’s (December 8) COVID-19 news briefing, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will enter a modified stay-at-home order Friday (December 11). This requires that citizens stay at home between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Businesses will be required to be closed by 10 p.m. Alcohol sales must end by 9 p.m. The executive order is in effect until at least January 8, 2021.
The stricter measures were implemented due to statistics presented by North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen. She said the trajectory of COVID-like syndromic cases, cases and positive tests as a percentage of total tests have all increased. Burke County is now orange, Catawba, Alexander, and Caldwell are all red. Burke and Caldwell were each moved up one level in the latest update. More than 80% of the state’s counties are red or orange.