NC Gov. Roy Cooper, Coronavirus Task Force hold briefing

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RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov Roy Cooper said new statewide guidance on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be announced soon.

“These are difficult, deliberate decisions. It is important we get it right,” Cooper said.

Cooper did not elaborate on what the new guidance would entail or exactly when it would be issued.

“We want people to stay home,” Cooper said.

When asked directly if he was planning on issuing a statewide “stay-at-home” order – he said “additional orders” would be coming soon.

The City of Durham and Mecklenburg County have already issued “stay-at-home” orders. Wake County plans to reveal their plans later Wednesday.

Cooper’s statements come as North Carolina reported the first coronavirus-related deaths in the state.

“It is with a heavy heart that I say these will not be our last,” Cooper said.

The governor said the deaths are a stark reminder that North Carolinians must take the virus seriously,

“This virus can be deadly,” Cooper said.

The number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina is now 504. Cooper said 29 people are hospitalized and some of those are in critical condition for workers in North Carolina.

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