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NC Coronavirus Trends Worsening -- CD Threatens Another Lockdown

Gov. Roy Cooper and state officials held a media briefing with the latest developments on COVID-19 efforts in North Carolina.

Dr. Mandy Cohen, the state health secretary, reiterated at the briefing that after three weeks into Phase 2 reopening, she remains concerned about trends in the state.

"North Carolina is not alone. Many other states are seeing increases in COVID-19 cases as well," Cohen said. "This virus is still a serious threat."

Cooper said the numbers are "sobering."

The governor said he knows people are anxious to get outside, especially as school ends and summer breaks begin.

"Everyone should remember that North Carolina is still under a safer-at-home recommendation," Cooper said. "Just because we can leave home doesn't mean we always should."

Cohen outlined where North Carolina stands on four major metrics, indicating that the state isn't where it should be on any metric.

COVID-like syndromic cases in emergency rooms, hospitalizations and percentage of positive tests are all increasing slightly. In addition, the number of cases reported each day is rapidly increasing -- Cohen pointed out that more than 1,000 cases were reported on four days in the last week.

While the state has tripled its testing capacity, Cohen said that an increase in testing alone could not account for the rapid increase in cases, citing both the percentage of positive tests and increasing hospitalizations as signs that the virus is spreading in North Carolina.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has threatened that another US lockdown will be on the cards ifcoronaviruscases spike, at the agency's first briefing in three months after it was sidelined when the pandemic began.

'If cases begin to go up again, particularly if they go up dramatically, it's important to recognize that more mitigation efforts such as what were implemented back in March may be needed again,' theCDC's deputy director for infectious diseases, Jay Butler, warned in a press briefing Friday. 

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