Cooper announces new Executive Order preventing evictions; Coronavirus cases stay above 2K, 34 additional deaths reported

by San Eli News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WAVY) — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is reporting 2,253 cases of COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon — the second consecutive day of cases above 2,000.

During the COVID-19 briefing, Governor Roy Cooper announced he signed an Executive Order preventing evictions in North Carolina for those who can’t afford the rent.

“Roughly 300,000 to 400,000 households across North Carolina are currently unable to pay rent,” said Cooper.

He says the Order builds on the CDC’s federal eviction moratorium. It also requires landlords to ensure tenants are aware of the CDC protections and how to claim them.

“This Order makes it clear that the CDC moratorium applies to all eligible North Carolinians, not just those who live in federally subsidized housing. And it ensures that recipients of North Carolina’s HOPE program are still able to qualify for these protections,” Cooper continued.

The NC Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program program started two weeks ago which provides renters who are at 80% or less of the median income of a county with up to six months back rent and utility payments. For more information, call 2-1-1 or visit nc211.org/hope.

As for the daily numbers, currently, NCDHHS is reporting an overall number of 266,136 COVID-19 cases across the state.

Health officials completed 21,835 tests in the past 24-hours with a percent positivity rate of 6.9%, which is down from Tuesday’s 7.3%.

The state also reported 34 additional deaths related to COVID-19 Wednesday, which adds up to an overall number of 4,245 North Carolinians who have died since the start of the pandemic.

There are currently 1,193 patients hospitalized in the state due to the virus — 21 fewer than yesterday — with about 97% of hospitals reporting data.

Additionally, the weekly report released shows that 231,611 patients are presumed to have recovered from the virus.

Here are the latest numbers in local counties:

Gates: 169 cases – 3 deathsDare: 370 cases – 3 deathsCurrituck: 224 cases — 4 deathsPasquotank: 873 cases – 35 deathsPerquimans: 250 cases – 4 deathsBertie: 726 cases – 19 deathsHertford: 852 cases – 34 deathsChowan: 529 cases – 10 deathsCamden: 135 cases – 3 deathsLatest Posts

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