Despite increasing efforts to restrict the movement of residents in several other states, a top North Carolina official said today that there are no plans to order state residents to “shelter in place” or to mandate the closing of additional businesses.
While stressing that the COVID-19 pandemic remains a very fluid situation, North Carolina Emergency Management Director Michael Sprayberry, appearing at the daily 2 p.m. briefing, stressed that at least for now, there were no further social distancing guidelines in the offing. He did note that a small contingent of National Guards would be employed to handle logistics and distribution of equipment.
Also appearing at the briefing, North Carolina Health Director Elizabeth Cuervo Tilson, indicated that there are currently 137 reported cases in North Carolina that have resulted in four hospitalizations. She also stated that there have now been two cases of community spread of the coronavirus in the state, meaning the infected people had not traveled or been in contact with someone known to be infected with the virus.
For his part, Sprayberry also advised people to make sure they were seeking news about the pandemic from trustworthy sources. “There’s a lot of bad information out there,” he cautioned., “especially on social media.”