A coronavirus-related death was reported Tuesday (September 1) in Catawba County, increasing the overall total to 47 since the start of the pandemic. 12 new cases of COVID-19 were reported Tuesday by Catawba County Public Health, increasing the overall total to 2,656. There were 12 people hospitalized, one fewer than Monday (August 31).
Burke County Public Health reported 31 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, upping the total to 2,052, with 35 deaths. There were eight people hospitalized in Burke County. The Caldwell County Health Department reported two new coronavirus infections Tuesday, increasing the overall total to 1,435, with 20 deaths. There were 20 people hospitalized. No new COVID-19 cases were reported Tuesday in Alexander County, leaving the total at 394, with three deaths.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper announced Tuesday that the state will move into “Stay at Home Phase 2.5” starting at 5 p.m. this Friday (September 4). Museums and aquariums will be allowed to open at 50% capacity, while gyms and other indoor exercise facilities can open at 30% capacity. Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, indoor entertainment venues, and amusement parks will remain closed. The 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales at restaurants will remain in place through October 2.
Limits on mass gatherings will increase to 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. Playgrounds will be allowed to open. The age requirement for facial coverings will extend to children five years of age and older. Capacity limits for restaurants and businesses like hair and nail salons will remain the same.[Photo courtesy of ABC News Australia]