“Today we have the highest rate of hospitalizations since the beginning of the pandemic,” Cooper told a news conference on Tuesday, citing data across the country that also reflect Cone’s status.
The accompanying state warning system is recommendations that local authorities, businesses and citizens should take based on levels, Cooper said.
“Simply put, this new county warning system shows the viral hotspots of our state,”
Mandy Cohen, North Carolina’s health minister, said hospitals were experiencing tensions, “especially in the Triad area.”
While Cooper strongly recommended that high-transmission counties apply health guidelines more aggressively across the country and punish non-compliant businesses, he also raised the possibility of the state imposing greater restrictions on them.
Leaders in more than half of the state’s counties, including 10 that are thought to be “critically distributed in the community,” are now being encouraged to pass fines against residents and businesses that do not comply with public health directives. as well as restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings.
The ten “critical” districts, mainly in rural areas, and 44 others with a “significant” prevalence were also asked to consider stopping alcohol sales earlier than the current deadline of 11 pm.