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With COVID-19 surging, residents urged to stay vigilant over holidays
Friday, 01 January 2021 14:30

From Staff Reports

RALEIGH — Governor Roy Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, on Dec. 22 shared updates on the states’s new COVID-19 County Alert System, warning that more than 90 percent of North Carolina counties are now designated as red or orange.

“North Carolina needs to drive down our numbers. To do that, we all need to change our holiday plans if you haven’t already,” Cooper said. 

“The best and safest option is to connect virtually or by phone. But if you gather in-person, keep it small and do it outside. Get a COVID-19 test before you go. Spread out the tables and chairs. Follow the modified stay-at-home order and be home by 10 p.m. And, always, always wear a mask.”

The County Alert System uses COVID-19 case rates, the percent of tests that are positive and hospital impact within the county to categorize counties into the following tiers:

• Yellow: significant community spread

• Orange: substantial community spread

• Red: critical community spread

There are currently 65 red counties, 27 orange counties and only eight yellow counties.

 “The county alert map shows how quickly things can escalate,” Cohen said.”As you think about the upcoming Christmas and New Year holidays please avoid traveling and gathering. If you absolutely must, get tested ahead of time, wear a mask all the time, keep it small and keep it outdoors.”

 



 


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