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Posted on: April 23, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - April 23, 2020

For Immediate Release


Phone: 980-432-1800

Rowan County Case Information:

Governor Extends Stay at Home Order Through May 8, Plans Three-Phase Lifting of Restrictions Based on Virus Trends

Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 135 today extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home order through May 8, 2020. Orders extending closure of restaurants for dine-in service, bars, and other non-essential, close-contact businesses are also extended through May 8.

Governor Cooper shared details about North Carolina’s plan to lift restrictions in three phases once the data show that key metrics are headed in the right direction.

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

A detailed look at where North Carolina stands on testing, tracing, and trends, and more information about the three-phase plan can be found in today’s presentation. The metrics that North Carolina is considering align with the White House guidance for Opening Up American Again.

In order to begin lifting restrictions, North Carolina needs to see progress in key metrics.

Governor Cooper also shared information about how gradually re-opening over three phases will help prevent hot spots of viral spread while also beginning to bring our economy back. These phases are based on the best information available now, but could be altered as new information emerges.  Visit the Governors Press Release page for full details.

Additional COVID-19 Statistics

Public Health Director Nina Oliver releases additional statistics regarding those who have passed away.  Of the 20 deaths; 15 were residents at The Citadel, 4 were residents at NC State Veterans Home, 1 death was not a patient at a congregate care facility.  The average age of the 20 patients is 83.


TJ Brown

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