“We’re six days into Phase 2 and on a day when we’re seeing some of our highest numbers of hospitalizations and death, they want to open bars," Cooper said. "These decisions are difficult, but they are made with daily briefings from doctors and healthcare experts.” The governor said his decision shuttering bars until at least late June is based on data and science.
North Carolina's death toll from COVID-19 increased to 827 Thursday. Hospitalizations with the disease were again over 700. Nationally, 103,320 deaths have been attributed to the disease.
Catawba County reported a 6th COVID-19 death Thursday bringing the total there to 6. 13 new cases brought the county's number of active cases to 109.
Lincoln & Gaston counties won't release new COVID-19 figures until Friday afternoon.
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