Governor Cooper provided updates to North Carolinians on the state's COVID-19 response during Tuesday's press conference.
During the briefing, Cooper announced North Carolina will remain paused in Phase Three.
Secretary of the NCDHHS Dr. Mandy Cohen reviewed the state's data during the briefing.
According to the data, the trajectory of cases has increased. Cohen says data shows since September 11, cases have continued to increase.
As of Tuesday, there are now 283,895 PCR positive cases and 13,547 antigen positive cases, 1,230 people hospitalized and 4,660 COVID-19 related deaths. That is 2,216 new PCR cases, 366 new antigen cases and 45 additional deaths from Monday.
Cooper says due to numbers being too high and considering the trends presented by Dr. Cohen, North Carolina will remain paused in Phase Three. Indoor gathering guidelines have also been adjusted.
Cooper says the indoor gathering limit will reduce from 25 to 10 people as we head into Thanksgiving.
Cooper says there are exceptions to this order, including religious gatherings and schools.
As holidays approach, Cooper and health officials remind everyone to practice the 3 W's and practice social distancing because many people tend to let their guard down around family.