Dare County reports 6 new COVID-19 cases; Cooper pauses N.C. in Phase 3

The Dare County Department of Health and Human Services reported six new COVID-19 cases Wednesday, for a total of 25 so far this week.

The cases include:
Resident, 65 over, female, home isolation
Resident, 50-64, female, home isolation
Resident, 25-49, female, home isolation
Non-resident, 25-49, female, transferred isolation
Resident, 50-64, female, home isolation
Resident, 50-64, female, home isolation

Gov. Roy Cooper today announced North Carolina will remain paused in Phase 3 for three more weeks as health officials continue to monitor North Carolina’s viral trends.

North Carolina has seen increased hospitalizations and trajectory of coronavirus cases in recent weeks. At a Wednesday afternoon news conference, Cooper underscored the importance of wearing masks, social distancing, and using good judgment despite fatigue or frustration with the pandemic.

Under Phase 3, large outdoor venues with seating greater than 10,000 may operate with 7% occupancy for spectators with other safety protocols. Smaller outdoor entertainment venues may operate outdoors at 30% of outdoor capacity or 100 guests, whichever is less.

Movie theaters and conference centers may open indoor spaces to 30% of capacity, or 100 seated guests, whichever is less. Bars may operate outdoors only at 30% of outdoor capacity, or 100 guests, whichever is less. Outdoor amusement parks may open at 30% occupancy.

The limits on mass gatherings will remain at 25 people indoors and 50 people outdoors. The 11 p.m. curfew on alcohol sales for in-person consumption in locations such as restaurants and outdoor bars will be extended.

“As this pandemic continues, I know it’s difficult and tiring to keep up our guard, especially when we’re gathered with people we love. But it’s necessary. No one wants to spread COVID-19 accidentally to friends or family, so we must keep prevention at the forefront,” said Cooper.

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