In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Governor Roy Cooper stopped short of issuing a statewide stay-at-home order.
"We want people to stay at home," he said. "I know the local communities are doing what they think is right. We will be issuing additional orders soon."
The press conference was held on the heels of the announcement that two individuals have died from the Coronavirus, or COVID-19. One was in Cabarrus County, another was traveling through North Carolina from Virginia when he was hospitalized for the virus.
"This virus can be deadly," the governor said. "That's why our lives have changed. These actions we've taken have been necessary to slow the spread, and additional guidelines and restrictions are coming soon."
The two fatalities are "a reminder of why we're enacting this guidelines," said Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
She added that as of this morning, 29 individuals were hospitalized in the state for treatment of Coronavirus. Several of them are in critical condition.
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