North Carolina public health officials are concerned with the rising numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. The state is most worried about the uptick in eight counties: Mecklenburg, Durham, Wake, Forsyth, Duplin, Lee, Johnston, Alamance. Experts fear a second wave of the virus, as the state continues to gather more data from individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper has steadily opened up businesses and hopes to transition to a “Phase 2.5" if the numbers start to improve. The growth in cases has largely been attributed to more testing and the uptick in residents traveling to newly reopened businesses without following the recommended public safety guidelines.