NC governor evaluating NASCAR race at Charlotte in May

Monday, 27 Apr, 2020

"While the school buildings remain closed, the education and learning will continue", Jewell said.

Some educators saw Cooper extending the order as a signal schools would not reopen May 15.

Currently, North Carolina's trajectory of lab-confirmed cases over the last 14 days cases is still increasing, although at a slower rate. There have been 253 deaths in the state.

Stay-at-home order is lifted, but vulnerable populations encouraged to continue staying home. "We know these actions save lives". We have not seen our health care system be overrun.

However, the overall trend in new cases seems to be "leveling", and "increasing slightly", Cohen said.

Last week the state laid out some general steps on a path forward.

Increase in Laboratory Testing. "We have not seen a peak".

Gov. Roy Cooper announced Friday that North Carolina's public schools will remain closed for the rest of the school year as part of an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

"North Carolina is home to seven majestic lighthouses, symbols of strength, hope for the tired, beacons of safety in rough waters". The order also requires restaurants to offer take-out service only.

The state will continue to look for private partnerships to address the connectivity issue, Cooper said. "I know that this pandemic has made life hard for many people in our state and I am focused on keeping our communities safe while planning to slowly lift restrictions to help cushion the blow to our economy".

Cooper presented an overview of a three-stage plan that he said would allow restrictions to be eased, getting the economy going again while protecting public health.

Abiding By The Stay At Home Order - If we as a community, abide by the stay at home order, it could possibly significantly reduce the number of new cases our community, our state is having.

Cooper ticked off some of the challenges ahead: "How we provide hygiene and cleaning, how we space students with social distancing, how we may stagger things ..."

Social distancing and face masks still would be encouraged in public places.

A few weeks later, the next phase allows bars, restaurants and churches to reopen with capacity limitations.

"Many of them support what we are doing; some areas want to do even more".

Governor Roy Cooper addresses a Rally for Respect outside the North Carolina Legislative Building on May 16, 2018 in Raleigh. The number of people allowed at mass gatherings would be increased.

The final phase of the staged reopening would be expected to start four to six weeks after phase two. "In this phase, the guidance for vulnerable populations, those at risk, they will continue to loosen". Bars and restaurants would open, but with reduced capacity.

"Rigorous restrictions" on nursing homes and long-term care facilities continue. "We'll continue using the best science and data available consulting with business leaders to make those decisions".

"We are the home of NASCAR, and I'm so grateful for this awesome sport that is in our state that not only provides people with a lot of entertainment, but also has an unbelievable economic engine for our state", Cooper said.

Johnson said more news about those measures will be shared soon. We need a vaccine and we need more ways to determine our level of immunity.

"Will we have a situation where some kids go back and some don't?" she asked. "While it is not an easy decision, North Carolina's numbers are just not where they need to be". "We have to get more people back to work".