Raleigh, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper will update North Carolinians on the state’s coronavirus response on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.
On Jan. 6, Cooper extended the state’s stay-at-home order and 10 p.m. curfew through Jan. 29. Under the curfew, people should only leave their homes if necessary, including work and essential errands.
During and after the holiday season, the state saw its highest daily case totals yet. Through Monday, Jan. 11, the state was averaging 8,430 new cases per day and 3,866 people being treated in hospitals for COVID-19.
Most of North Carolina’s 100 counties are classified as “red,” meaning they have critical levels of viral spread.
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As cases skyrocket, the state’s effort to get people vaccinated against coronavirus has gotten off to a slow start.
Many counties started vaccinating senior citizens 75 and older in the first week of January, but both walk-in and appointment-only vaccine clinics quickly ran out of available doses, often before the event’s scheduled start time, turning seniors away.
Some counties, including Wake and Durham, won’t begin vaccinating seniors under phase 1B until next week. Wake County will begin those vaccinations on Jan. 19, the day a new web portal and phone line will be unveiled so seniors 75 and older can register to receive a vaccine.
On Monday, Durham County Health Director Rodney Jenkins said the county hopes to administer 500,000 doses by Memorial Day.