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Posted on: January 6, 2021

[ARCHIVED] State of North Carolina takes additional actions to fight pandemic

[RALEIGH, NC, January 6, 2021] – Earlier today Governor Roy Cooper announced several additional steps that state government will take to fight the pandemic in North Carolina. These actions come as the latest data show critical community spread of the virus in 84 out of 100 counties in North Carolina (including Wilkes), record high hospitalizations, and a spiking number of cases across the state. 

The steps are:

  • Extending the current “Modified Stay-at-home” order until January 29, 2021. This order requires people to be at home between 10 PM and 5 AM. 
  • Keeping in place all other protective measures currently on the books including the statewide face covering mandate.
  • Issuing a “Secretarial Directive” (available here) from Dr. Mandy Cohen strongly discoursing people for leaving their homes for anything other than essential activities such as school, work, or grocery shopping. The directive also discourages people from gathering with people outside their household for any non-essential reason. 
  • Mobilizing the North Carolina National Guard to provide medical, logistical, and administrative support to vaccination efforts statewide. 
  • Setting up a website ( and a phone number (1-877-490-6642) where North Carolinians can get information about vaccine distribution. 

Focused effort on the part of every North Carolinian is required to get the virus in check.

Notwithstanding the severe public health danger that a prolonged pandemic poses, the economic and community impact will be crippling for years to come. As long as the current conditions exist, businesses will not be able to fully reopen, schools will be at risk for closure, large gatherings will remain prohibited, and the rhythms of day-to-day life will continue to be interrupted. Focused action by all residents is required now to snuff out community spread and bring the virus back under control. 

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