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Posted on: May 17, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - May 17, 2020

For Immediate Release


Phone: 980-432-1800

Rowan County Case Information:

Anticipating Phase 2 of State Re-Opening Plan

As our community looks forward to additional easing of restrictions, it is imperative that we maintain caution and continue wearing masks while away from home.  The Phase 1 executive order remains in effect until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. 

This date does not mean an automatic transition to Phase 2, however.  If data and key metrics indicate a need to maintain protective measures, the Governor may elect to keep the Phase 1 order in place. 

The data and trends show that North Carolina remains stable nearly one week into Phase 1.  According to a May 14 State Press Release, key pieces of information include:

  • North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing.
  • North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive has been decreasing and is starting to level.
  • North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is level.

Individuals and families can help by continuing to follow the 3 W’s.  Whether working or shopping at local businesses, please remember to WEAR, WAIT, and WASH!

  • Wear a cloth face covering
  • Wait 6 feet apart/ avoid close contact
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer


TJ Brown

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