County cases, percent positive falling, restrictions eased further


The number of new weekly cases and average of positive tests have fallen for the second straight week, according to the most recent update to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services dashboard.
The dashboard shows 34 new cases in the past week taking the county to 3,166 total cases – a two-week trend of declining new cases after 42 were reported in the previous week after an increase to 56 weekly cases was reported March 10.
The county’s two-week average percent of positive tests was 6.3 percent Wednesday, down from 6.6 percent reported last week.
As of Wednesday, 9,060 county residents are at least partially vaccinated and 5,256 residents are fully vaccinated representing 22.9 and 13.3 percent of the county, respectively.
There were no new deaths reported in the past week.

Gov. eases restrictions
In Tuesday’s media briefing, Gov. Roy Cooper announced that he would be signing Executive Order 204 into effect beginning Friday at 5 p.m., easing the state’s COVID-19-related restrictions.
Beginning Friday, museums, aquariums, retail businesses and barber shops, salons and other personal care shops can reopen indoors and outdoors at full capacity.
Restaurants, breweries and wineries, amusement parks, gyms and pools can reopen at 75 percent indoors and full capacity outdoors.
Bars, conference centers, lounges and nightclubs, indoor performance venues and sports arenas and fields can reopen at 50 percent capacity both indoors and outdoors.
Movie theaters and gaming facilities will be able to reopen at 50 percent capacity indoors and 75 percent outdoors.
All businesses must continue to maintain the six feet of distance requirement between patrons and implement other safety protocols as they expand their capacity.
The order also fully lifts the restriction on the late-night sale and service of alcoholic beverages on bars, restaurants, and other establishments.
The state’s mass gathering limits will double – from 25 to 50 indoors and from 50 to 100 outdoors.
The order will be in effect until April 30.


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