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Mask requirements tightened statewide

North Carolina COVID-19 numbers are rising and warnings from the state have taken on an increased urgency.

On Monday, Nov. 23, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper said at a media conference, “I have a stark warning for North Carolinians today: We are in danger,” Cooper said. “This is a pivotal moment in our fight against the coronavirus. Our actions now will determine the fate of many.”

“We are on board with the state,” said Dorothy Hester, Dare County public information officer.

The governor’s Executive Order No. 180 goes into effect at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25 and runs through Friday, Dec. 11 at 5 p.m.

Locally, Dare County will update its Emergency Order to conform with the governor’s executive order. The county’s action will be put in place by Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robert L. Woodard with the consent of the mayors of the towns of Duck, Southern Shores, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head and the Manteo mayor’s designee.

The governor’s order tightens the existing statewide mask requirement.

Executive Order 180 states:

“For any place outside the home, including but not limited to businesses, schools, and other establishments and spaces:

“1. Face Coverings must be worn indoors if anyone else is in that space who is not a member of the same household.

“2. Face Coverings must be worn outdoors if it is not possible to consistently be physically distant by more than six (6) feet from non-household members.”

COVID-19 updates from local counties

Dare County – As of Tuesday, Nov. 24, Dare County had a total of 972 COVID-19 positive cases since March 2020. Of that total, 64 are active resident cases with six individuals hospitalized. Four deaths have been attributed to COVID-19. Non-resident cases total 357.

Hyde County – In Hyde County on Nov. 23, the total number of cases remained 183 people. No cases are active. The county notes 178 recoveries and deaths remain at five people.

Tyrrell County – Martin-Tyrrell-Washington Health District reports that Tyrrell County’s total, cumulative case number is 142, an increase of four cases since last Wednesday. Some 134 people have recovered. On Nov. 23, five cases were active. Three individuals have died in the county due to coronavirus.

Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank counties – As of Nov. 23, 2020, Albemarle Regional Health Services published the following case information:

Camden: 170 lab-confirmed cases, up by five cases. Some 16 cases are active and 150 people have recovered. Camden County has lost four people to the coronavirus.

Currituck: 309 lab-confirmed cases, an increase of 12 cases. Some 51 cases are active. Currituck County has lost five people to coronavirus.

Pasquotank: 1,031 lab-confirmed cases, an increase of 22 cases. Active cases number 90. Deaths remain at 35 people.

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