Gov. Cooper extends modified Stay At Home order for 3 weeks as state COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations rise

Posted at 2:15 PM, Jan 06, 2021

NORTH CAROLINA - Gov. Roy Cooper is extending a modified Stay At Home order for three more weeks as the state sees record COVID-19 case and hospitalization increases.

Cooper and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services held a press conference Wednesday where they discussed the extension, as well as the virus's spread across the state.

The trajectory of positive tests is increasing, with Wednesday's test percent positivity above 17 percent. This marks the highest rate since the pandemic began.

96 percent of counties in North Carolina are in red and orange ranges on the County Alert System, meaning that they are seeing "critical" and "substantial" rates of community spread.

Vaccines will begin being offered to people over 75 next week.

NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen advised that residents stay home, do not gather with people you do not live with and always wear a mask.

This is a developing story.