Gov. Roy Cooper announces easing of COVID-19 restrictions as North Carolina trends stabilize

Key indicators used to guide decisions throughout pandemic show state’s trends are moving in the right direction

RALEIGH: As North Carolina’s numbers continue to show improvement and vaccine distribution increases, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will carefully ease some of its COVID-19 restrictions. Executive Order No. 195 will take effect February 26th at 5 pm and will expire March 26th at 5 pm.

“Today’s action is a show of confidence and trust, but we must remain cautious. People are losing their loved ones each day,” said Governor Cooper. “We must keep up our guard. Many of us are weary, but we cannot let the weariness win. Now is the time to put our strength and resilience to work so that we can continue to turn the corner and get through this.”

“Keep wearing a mask, waiting 6 feet apart, and washing your hands. We’ve seen in the past how fragile progress can be, so we need to keep protecting each other while we get everyone a spot to get their shot,” said North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D.

Today’s Executive Order lifts the Modified Stay at Home Order requiring people to stay at home and businesses to close to the public between 10 pm and 5 am. The number of people who may gather indoors will increase from 10 to 25, while 50 remains the limit for outdoors. The curfew on the sale of alcohol for onsite consumption will be moved from 9 pm to 11 pm. Some businesses, including bars and amusement parks, will now be open for patrons indoors as they adhere to new occupancy restrictions. Many businesses, venues and arenas will have increased occupancy both indoors and outdoors.

Executive Order No. 195 has two general categories of occupancy restrictions: 30% capacity and 50% capacity. Because indoor spaces have a higher risk of spread for COVID-19, indoor facilities in the 30%-occupancy category may not exceed two hundred fifty (250) people per indoor room or indoor space.

30% Capacity Limit (may not exceed 250-persons in indoor spaces)
• Bars
• Meeting, Reception, and Conference Spaces
• Lounges (including tobacco) and Night Clubs
• Indoor areas of Amusement Parks
• Movie Theatres
• Entertainment facilities (e.g., bingo parlors, gaming establishments)
• Sports Arenas and Fields*
• Venues*

Indoor event venues with more than 5,000 seats may be excepted from the 250 person limit if they follow additional safety measures up to 15% capacity.
50% Capacity Limit
• Restaurants
• Breweries, Wineries, Distilleries
• Fitness and Physical Activity Facilities (e.g., gyms, bowling alleys, rock climbing facilities)
• Pools
• Museums and Aquariums
• Retailers
• Outdoor areas of Amusement Parks
• Salons, Personal Care, Tattoo Parlors

Safety protocols such as masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing will continue to be important as people adjust to the new order, health officials said.

Today marks the first day of eligibility for teachers to receive vaccination as the state begins to expand access to group 3 essential workers. Due to manufacturers’ shipping delays caused by inclement weather, DHHS continues to work with providers to administer both last week’s shipment and this week’s shipment this week and continue to exhaust first dose supply before next week’s shipment arrives.

Dr. Cohen also provided an update on North Carolina’s data and trends.

Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing.

Trajectory of Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s trajectory of cases is decreasing.

Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive is decreasing.

Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is decreasing.

In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread in testing, tracing and prevention.

Testing
• Testing is widely available across the state.

Tracing Capability
• There have been more than 716,610 downloads of the exposure notification app, SlowCOVIDNC.

Personal Protective Equipment
• North Carolina’s personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are stable.

Read Executive Order No. 195.

Read Frequently Asked Questions.

View the slides from today’s briefing.

Updated list of roadways that are impacted by flooding, effective noon, Feb. 21

Substantial rainfall floods local roads, caution urged

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Emergency Management urges motorists to stay alert to flooded roadways. As promised, Pender County Emergency Management issued an updated list of roads that are impacted by the recent heavy rains.

“We will continue to monitor roads within Pender County to keep our citizens informed,” Carson Smith, Interim Emergency Manager, said. “We urge motorists if they see swift-moving water on the roadways to turn around, don’t drown.”

Smith said currently the following roads are affected by flooding as of noon, Feb. 21:

  • Willard Railroad Street at the Bridge of the Pender/Duplin County line
  • 2356-3276 block of the Old Maple Hill Rd
  • 1600-3700 block Croomsbridge Rd
  • All of Cape Fear Drive
  • All of River Bend Drive
  • All of River Birch Rd
  • All of Bear Run Rd
  • Riverview Drive along the river
  • 485-510 block River Trail
  • 0-245 block Rebecca Kennedy Rd
  • 500-5100 block Heading Bluff Road
  • Patriots Hall Drive past the Ranger Station
  • All of Caldonia Creek Rd
  • All of Northeast Drive
  • 100-849 block Old Blake House Road
  • Old Savanah Road 100 Yards west of Van Eden Rd (Wash Out)
  • Juniper Lane at the turn
  • Whitestocking Rd near Chorley Drive
  • Whitestocking Rd at Mack Williams
  • Lower end of Sandy Bend Rd
  • Shaw Hwy at creek before Carl Meeks Rd
  • 800 block to the end on Carl Meeks Rd
  • All of N. & S. Holly Shelter Estate
  • 100 block to the end on Patriots Watch
  • Lower end of White Tail Lane
  • 300 block of Battleground Rd
  • NC Hwy 53 at River Bend Drive
  • Carl Meeks Road

“Flooded roadways can make a road surface unstable and drivers may not be aware of dangers beneath the water,” Smith said. “It’s safer to find an alternative route.”

Motorists can find travel alerts and road closures on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s site, www.DriveNC.gov.

Visit www.FIMAN.nc.gov for the latest flood information from the state’s network of more than 500 river, stream and coastal gauges.

For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or Facebook. If you have not signed up for the CodeRed alert system, register for free at https://www.pendercountync.gov/em/notices-base/ or call 910-259-1210 for details.

Updated list of roads impacted by flooding, Feb. 20

Substantial rainfall floods local roads, caution urged

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Emergency Management urges motorists to stay alert to flooded roadways. As promised, Pender County Emergency Management issued an updated list of roads that are impacted by the recent heavy rains.

“We will continue to monitor roads within Pender County to keep our citizens informed,” Carson Smith, Interim Emergency Manager, said. “We urge motorists if they see swift-moving water on the roadways to turn around, don’t drown.”

Smith said currently the following roads are affected by flooding as of noon, Feb. 20:

  • Willard Railroad Street at the Bridge of the Pender/Duplin County line
  • 2356-3276 block of the Old Maple Hill Rd
  • 1600-3700 block Croomsbridge Rd
  • 0-735 River Bend Drive
  • All of River Birch Rd
  • All of Bear Run Rd
  • Riverview Drive along the river
  • 485-510 block River Trail
  • 0-245 block Rebecca Kennedy Rd
  • 500-5100 block Heading Bluff Road
  • Patriots Hall Drive past the Ranger Station
  • All of Caldonia Creek Rd
  • All of Northeast Drive
  • 100-849 block Old Blake House Road
  • 1500 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1600 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1900 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2400 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2800 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 250 block of Horseshoe Loop
  • Old Savanah Road 100 Yards west of Van Eden Rd (Wash Out)
  • Juniper Lane at the turn
  • Whitestocking Rd near Chorley Drive
  • Whitestocking Rd at Mack Williams
  • Lower end of Sandy Bend Rd
  • Shaw Hwy at creek before Carl Meeks Rd
  • 800 block to the end on Carl Meeks Rd
  • All of N. & S. Holly Shelter Estate
  • 100 block to the end on Patriots Watch
  • Lower end of White Tail Lane
  • 300 block of Battleground Rd
  • Morgan Road 200 yards north of the bridge
  • 700 block to the end of Pinkney Rd
  • 500 block to the end of Old Ramsey Rd
  • All of Cape Fear Drive
  • All of Thoroughfare Rd

“Flooded roadways can make a road surface unstable and drivers may not be aware of dangers beneath the water,” Smith said. “It’s safer to find an alternative route.”

Motorists can find travel alerts and road closures on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s site, www.DriveNC.gov.

Smith said, based upon the weather forecast, some areas in Pender County will experience river flooding through next weekend.

Pender County Emergency Management will update any changes in road conditions this weedend.

Visit www.FIMAN.nc.gov for the latest flood information from the state’s network of more than 500 river, stream and coastal gauges.

 

For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or Facebook. If you have not signed up for the CodeRed alert system, register for free at https://www.pendercountync.gov/em/notices-base/ or call 910-259-1210 for details.

 

Substantial rainfall floods local roads, updated list of roads

Updated road impacts

 

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Emergency Management urges motorists to stay alert to flooded roadways. As promised, Pender County Emergency Management issued an updated list of roads that are impacted by the recent heavy rains.

 

“We will continue to monitor roads within Pender County to keep our citizens informed,” Carson Smith, Interim Emergency Manager, said. “We urge motorists if they see swift-moving water on the roadways to turn around, don’t drown.”

 

Smith said currently the following roads are affected by flooding as of 3 p.m., Feb. 19:

  • Riverview Drive along the river
  • 485-510 block River Trail
  • 0-245 block Rebecca Kennedy Rd
  • 500-5100 block Heading Bluff Road
  • Patriots Hall Drive past the Ranger Station
  • All of Caldonia Creek Rd
  • All of Northeast Drive
  • 100-849 block Old Blake House Road
  • 1500 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1600 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1900 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2400 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2800 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 250 Horseshoe Loop
  • Old Savanah Road 100 Yards west of Van Eden Rd (Wash Out)
  • Juniper Lane at the turn
  • Whitestocking Rd near Chorley Drive
  • Whitestocking Rd at Mack Williams

 

“Flooded roadways can make a road surface unstable and drivers may not be aware of dangers beneath the water,” Smith said. “It’s safer to find an alternative route.”

 

Motorists can find travel alerts and road closures on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s site, www.DriveNC.gov.

 

Smith said, based upon the weather forecast, some areas in Pender County will experience river flooding through next weekend.

 

Pender County Emergency Management will update any changes in road conditions this Saturday and Sunday.

 

Visit www.FIMAN.nc.gov for the latest flood information from the state’s network of more than 500 river, stream and coastal gauges.

 

For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or Facebook. If you have not signed up for the CodeRed alert system, register for free at https://www.pendercountync.gov/em/notices-base/ or call 910-259-1210 for details.

Substantial rainfall floods local roads, caution urged

PENDER COUNTY – Pender County Emergency Management urges motorists to stay alert to flooded roadways.
“Due to the substantial rainfall we are experiencing in Pender County, our roads will be impacted,” Carson Smith, Interim Emergency Manager, said. “Pender County is currently under a Flash Flood Watch. We urge motorists to turn around, don’t drown. This is more than just a cliché. Flash floods are the number one weather-related killer in the United States.”
Smith said currently the following roads are affected by flooding as of 3 p.m., Feb. 18.
  • Willard Railroad Street at the Bridge of the Pender/Duplin County line
  • NC Hwy 50 at the curve just before the Pender/Duplin County line
  • 2356-3276 block of the Old Maple Hill Rd
  • 2593-3573 block Croomsbridge Rd
  • 0-735 River Bend Drive
  • All of River Birch Rd
  • All of Bear Run Rd
  • 485-510 block River Trail
  • 0-245 block Rebecca Kennedy Rd
  • 500-5100 block Heading Bluff Road
  • 4000 block of Herrings Chapel Rd
  • Malpass Corner Road and Herrings Chapel Road
  • 2460-2345 block NC Hwy 53 West
  • 2500 block of Shiloh Rd
  • Patriots Hall Drive past the Ranger Station
  • All of Caldonia Creek Rd
  • All of Northeast Drive
  • 100-849 block Old Blake House Road
  • 1500 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1600 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 1900 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2400 block of S. Shore Drive
  • 2800 block of S. Shore Drive
  • NC Hwy 133 at Cedar Farms Lane
  • 44 Saddle Ridge Rd
“Please don’t drive through swift-moving water on the roadways,” said Smith. “Only a few inches of swift-moving water can lift an automobile from the roadway. Flooded roadways can make a road surface unstable and drivers may not be aware of dangers beneath the water. It’s safer to find an alternative route.”
Motorists can find travel alerts and road closures on the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s site, www.DriveNC.gov.
Smith said, based upon the weather forecast, some areas in Pender County will experience river flooding through next weekend.
Pender County Emergency Management will update any changes in road conditions.
Visit www.FIMAN.nc.gov for the latest flood information from the state’s network of more than 500 river, stream, and coastal gauges.
For more information, watch our Pender County Emergency Management website or Facebook. If you have not signed up for the CodeRed alert system, register for free at https://www.pendercountync.gov/em/notices-base/ or call 910-259-1210 for details.

Due to inclement weather nationwide, vaccine shipments have been delayed.  We are unable to schedule vaccination appointments at this time.

Please continue to monitor our website, pendercountync.gov, Facebook and news outlets for updates.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments available online or by phone for Thursday, Feb. 18 in Hampstead

PENDER COUNTY – COVID-19 Vaccination appointments are now being accepted for Thursday, Feb. 18, at the Pender County Hampstead Annex, 15060 US Hwy. 17.

Citizens ages 65 and older and health care workers may schedule an appointment online on the county’s website, pendercountync.gov, and click on the red banner across the screen.

Citizens without the ability to make an appointment online can call 910-663-4200 for assistance.

There is limited vaccine available.

If citizens miss this opportunity to be vaccinated, continue to monitor the county’s website, Pender County’s Facebook page, and the local news for future vaccine appointments.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments available online or by phone for Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Burgaw

PENDER COUNTY – COVID-19 Vaccination appointments are NOW being accepted for Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Pender County Health Department, 803 S. Walker St. in Burgaw.

Citizens may schedule an appointment online on the county’s website, pendercountync.gov, and click on the red banner across the screen.

Citizens without the ability to make an appointment online can call 910-663-4200 for assistance.

There is limited vaccine available.

If citizens miss this opportunity to be vaccinated, continue to monitor the county’s website, Pender County’s Facebook page, and the local news for future vaccine appointments.

COVID-19 vaccination appointments available TODAY online or by phone

PENDER COUNTY – COVID-19 Vaccination appointments are now available for TODAY, Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Pender County Health Department, 803 S. Walker St. in Burgaw.

Citizens may schedule an appointment online on the county’s website, pendercountync.gov, and click on the red banner across the screen.

Citizens without the ability to make an appointment online can call 910-663-4200 for assistance.

There is limited vaccine available.

If citizens miss this opportunity to be vaccinated, continue to monitor the county’s website, Pender County’s Facebook page, and the local news for future vaccine appointments.

 

COVID-19 vaccination appointments available online or by phone

PENDER COUNTY – COVID-19 Vaccination appointments are now available for Thursday, Feb. 11, at the Pender County Government Annex in Hampstead.
 
Citizens may schedule an appointment online on the county’s website, pendercountync.gov, and click on the red banner across the screen.
 
Citizens also have the option of scheduling an appointment by calling 910-663-4200.
 
There is a limited vaccine available.
 
If citizens miss this opportunity to be vaccinated, continue to monitor the county’s website, Pender County’s Facebook page, and the local news for future vaccine appointments.
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