Governor Cooper Warns of Growing COVID-19 Danger and Strengthens Safety Measures
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will tighten mask requirements as COVID-19 cases continue rising across the state. Executive Order No. 180 strengthens enforcement mandates for businesses and makes it clear that a mask must be worn whenever people are with someone outside their household. The Order also extends Phase 3 capacity limits and safety requirements until December 11.
"I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: We are in danger,"
Governor Cooper said. "This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus. Our actions now will determine the fate of many."
Read Executive Order No. 180
and its Frequently Asked Questions Document
Read the press release
on today's announcement.
Read today's update on the County Alert System
Find No-Cost Community Testing Events Near You
North Carolinians are encouraged to visit to the Community Testing Events
page is to find no-cost testing sites in their communities. People who may not currently have symptoms but may have been exposed to COVID-19 or live in red zone communities should get tested. Your personal information at these testing sites are private and strictly confidential.
Find a nearby testing site Find My Testing Place
For more information visit the NCDHHS FAQs about Testing
and FAQs about Contact Tracing
State Releases Guidance on Staying Safe Over the Thanksgiving Holiday
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has released safety guidance for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and Black Friday events. This guidance informs North Carolinians considering holiday activities so they can protect their loved ones and slow the spread of the virus.
"The best way to protect loved ones during Thanksgiving is to limit travel and gatherings with anyone who does not live in your household,"
said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen. "If you do plan to get together, there are important steps you can take to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to your family and friends."
Read the Thanksgiving guidance
and learn more in this press release
Governor Thanks Durham Manufacturer for Supplying PPE To Communities
Last Thursday, Governor Roy Cooper visited Bright View Technologies in Durham, an optical film manufacturer that started making personal protective equipment (PPE) when COVID-19 hit. The Governor thanked employees for producing more than 750,000 face shields to help protect those responding to the pandemic.
"I am proud of the North Carolina companies, like Bright View, that saw a need for personal protective equipment and got to work making more supplies,"
said Governor Cooper. "This is the type of North Carolina innovation and cooperation that we need to get through this pandemic."
Read more in this press release
COVID-19 Assistance and Updates
Information is changing rapidly, this update is current as of November 23, 2020
Keep up with the latest information on COVID-19 in North Carolina on the NCDHHS website
or text COVIDNC
to receive updates about the virus and the state's response.
provides free, confidential information and is available 24 hours a day to help you find resources within your community. They can connect you with people and groups that can help with questions about access to food, shelter, health care, employment and child care.
Families who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC
to find free meal sites in their communities.
Make sure to prioritize your overall wellness and don't hesitate to seek additional help.
Optum has a toll-free 24-hour Emotional Support Help Line at 866-342-6892
for people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress due to Coronavirus.
Stop the Spread of COVID From Your Smartphone
The state has created the SlowCOVIDNC Exposure Notification App as a simple, effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19. Once downloaded, the app will notify you if you've been in close contact with someone who has shared a positive COVID-19 test result in the app.
SlowCOVIDNC protects your identity and privacy while empowering you to protect yourself and your community by enabling people to anonymously share if they've tested positive for COVID-19. Download the app at the App Store
or Google Play
Learn more about how you can help slow the spread with SlowCOVIDNC
Get All of the Latest Information in Spanish
During this time it is imperative that everyone is informed about what is going on in our state. Governor Cooper's administration has been working to get information and resources translated for the Spanish speaking population in our state. Many of the Governor's press conferences
, press releases
, and executive orders
are available in Spanish. Resources are also available in Spanish on the DHHS
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