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North Carolina Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order Through May 8

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Governor Roy Cooper, D-N.C.,  address the crowd during the Rally for Respect outside the North Carolina Legislative Building on May 16, 2018(Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 23 April 2020 07:56 PM

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is extending the state's stay-at-home order through May 8 because the state has yet to see a dip in coronavirus cases, according to a press release.

“The health and safety of people in North Carolina must be our top priority,” Cooper said. “This plan provides a roadmap for us to begin easing restrictions in stages to push our economy forward.”

To lift the order, Democrat Cooper needs to see coronavirus illnesses, cases, the percentages of positive coronavirus tests and coronavirus hospitalizations level off or decline over a 14-day period.

North Carolina is currently testing between 2,500 and 3,000 people each day, but is looking to lift that to between at least 5,000 and 7,000 a day.

The state will also ease its restrictions in three phases.

Once May 8 passes, Phase One will likely begin, which will allow North Carolina residents to travel for non-essential trips, such as sporting goods stores, book stores and other retailers. It will, however, continue to prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people.

Phase Two is scheduled to arrive at least two to three weeks later. It will allow restaurants, bars, gyms and beauty salons to open at limited capacity, as long as they adhere to social distancing rules. But vulnerable populations will be highly encouraged to stay at home during this period.

During Phase Three, which is slated to follow at least four to six weeks after Phase two, vulnerable populations will have restrictions eased and indoor establishments will be able to operate at higher capacities. 

On Tuesday, Cooper also signed an executive order allowing furloughed workers to receive unemployment benefits along with any severance or furlough payments they might have received.

“Data has driven our decisions, starting with the aggressive measures Governor Cooper took early on to slow the spread of COVID-19. Those actions combined with North Carolinians’ resolve to stay home to protect their loved ones have put our state on the right path. If we stick to these efforts right now we will continue to see a slowing of virus spread and we can slowly begin easing restrictions,” said Mandy Cohen secretary of NC Department of Health and Human Services

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