Cooper provides COVID-19, winter storm update

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – Governor Roy Cooper updated us on COVID-19 as well as the winter storm from Monday.

The update on the pandemic comes as the state hit a record number of new daily cases on Saturday while setting a new high for the percentage of tests that turn out to be positive on Tuesday.

The governor said he will extend an executive order for certain state employees to include booster shots.

Cooper said with 3,008 people hospitalized with the virus, they still have capacity across the state while urging people to get vaccinated. He said the vast majority of people in the hospital have not been vaccinated.

Cooper continued to urge people to get vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, saying, “With these vaccines and boosters we have an amazing tool to save people’s lives and beat this pandemic – and we’ll keep our foot on the gas when it comes to getting more shots and more boosters administered.”

Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kody also encouraged people to use well-fitting, multilayer masks as another level of protection against the coronavirus, such as KN95 or N95 masks. Masks can be requested here.

Speaking of all North Carolinians, Kinsley said “we are not alone,” as the Omicron variant sets record cases across the country.

The winter storm dumped several inches of snow over a large part of the state, while on the coast the major highway along the Outer Banks was closed due to ocean overwash.

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