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North Carolina COVID-19 Coronavirus update: Wednesday, Jan. 27

North Carolina could learn what comes next when it comes to COVID-19 rules two days before Gov. Roy Cooper’s extended stay-at-home order is set to expire.

Cooper’s executive order requires all North Carolina residents to continue to wear masks in public and work from home unless essential, as well as a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. Residents are also asked to continue social distance, stay away from large gatherings and avoid anyone, outside of their family, who is not wearing a mask.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported 3,978 new cases Tuesday. That’s the lowest single-day case count since early December. The positivity rate is also dropping, falling to 11.1%. That number is still more than double what health officials want, but it’s down from nearly 15% earlier this month.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of NCDHHS, said North Carolina expected to exhaust all of its COVID-19 vaccine supply by the end of the day Tuesday. Cohen said she’s hopeful that the state using up its backlog of vaccines will show the federal government North Carolina is ready to distribute a greater amount of vaccines. Multiple counties in the Charlotte area have limited or completely stopped accepting new appointments for vaccinations due to the limited supply. #COVID19 #Coronavirus #NCpol


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