Governor issues statewide order for people to stay home

Governor issues statewide order for people to stay home”

"Though it is hard we must do this to slow the disease spread", said Cooper. According to the order, essential services can continue and directs businesses to use strong social distancing policies. Governor Cooper called it necessary to also protect many healthcare providers who are overextended now.

Officials hope the stay-at-home order helps flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic and stops the burden on NC's healthcare systems. "We understand that such an order was not considered lightly, and we believe this is a vital step to immediately impact the spread of the virus".

"We are all in this together, and in order to protect the health of North Carolinians and get through this crisis as quickly as possible, we must all do our part to contain community spread over the next several weeks".

Cooper announced the order Friday at a news conference as the state's total of positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 763.

"Think of who you might infect if you're carrying the virus", he said.

There are now 729 confirmed COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, and three people have died.

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"These are tough directives, but I need you to take them seriously", the Governor said.

"Please everyone, heed this order and make sure you stay safe and you look after your friends and family and let's all of us do our part here in North Carolina", Cooper said to close the briefing.

Ahead of Friday's announcement, Cooper had already issued several orders including closing public schools statewide through May 15, banning mass gatherings of more than 50 people and requiring the closure of some businesses.

If you think you may have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, such as fever and cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, the CDC and local and state health officials recommend you stay at home.

Other underlying medical conditions, if not well controlled, include diabetes, renal failure or liver disease. Data from the CDC has not shown pregnant women face an increased risk for severe illness.

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