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COVID-19 Daily Case Count Surges, New Restrictions Taking Effect

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The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reported Friday more than 7,500 new coronavirus cases.  That’s double the amount of daily cases reported by the state a month ago.

“Having more than 7,500 cases is staggering and alarming,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen, the Secretary for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services in a news release. “We are now seeing the impact of Thanksgiving gatherings. Do not wait until it is you or your loved one sick or alone in the hospital or you are facing the loss of a loved one to wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, and wash your hands often.

Gov. Roy Cooper’s modified Stay at Home Order goes into effect Friday night requiring people to stay at home between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. Many business, including bars, restaurants, and retail stores will be required to close by 10 p.m.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.