Governor Roy Cooper is expected to announce today an executive order to close all North Carolina restaurants and bars to dine-in customers starting at 5 p.m., according to a report by OBX Today. The order will allow these establishments to continue taking takeout and delivery orders, however.
OBX Today reports that the executive order will include an expansion of unemployment insurance to help State employees affected by COVID-19.
The Governor and members of his Coronavirus Task Force will hold a press briefing at 2 p.m. You may stream it at:
In other news, the Southern Shores Town Council has given notice on the Town website that it will hold its 9 a.m. March 24 budget workshop as previously scheduled, despite the states of emergency declared yesterday by Dare County and the Town to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
The County’s state of emergency restricts mass gatherings of 50 people or more.
The Council’s budget workshop meeting is top-heavy with business, including consideration of a potential beach nourishment project and potential no-left-turn weekends this summer; the Town pay study; and capital street projects.
AT THE PRESS BRIEFING: Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of the NCDHHS, reported that 1,100 people have been tested in North Carolina for COVID-19, and 40 of them have tested positive. No one has died from the virus.
Most of the confirmed cases of COVID-19 are in Wake County, which is where Raleigh is located. No cases have been reported in Northeastern North Carolina.
Dr. Cohen said that the criteria for testing a person for the coronavirus are the following: 1) a fever; 2) a cough; and 3) a negative flu test. No longer is contact with a person who has been in an epidemic area a prerequisite to a test.
For a press release about the Governor’s latest executive order, and a link to a text of the order, see https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/governor-cooper-issues-executive-order-close-sit-down-service-restaurants-and.
Ann G. Sjoerdsma, 3/17/20