Gov. Cooper: Indoor gathering limit lowered to slow spread of COVID-19

Governor Roy Cooper and the state’s coronavirus task force will address the state Tuesday afternoon.

A media COVID-19 briefing will be held at 3 p.m. You can watch it live here.

Gov. Cooper announced that North Carolina will remain in Phase 3 and has lowered the indoor gathering limit from 25 people to 10 people.

Executive Order 176 will go into effect on Friday and will be in place through Friday, December 4.

“This reduction in our indoor gathering limit aims to slow the spread and bring down our numbers,” Gov. Cooper said. “It also sends a serious signal to families, friends, and neighbors across our state. Success in slowing the spread will help our businesses.”

“Let’s keep our friends, family, and loved ones safe this holiday season. If you are going to travel or get together, plan ahead to reduce the risk to your family and friends,” NCDHHS Secretary Cohen said. “Remember, it’s not how well you know someone when it comes to wearing a mask. If they don’t live with you, get behind the mask.“

North Carolina reported 2,582 new cases Monday. The percentage of positive tests sits at 7.5%, the state’s goal is to be below 5%.

As of Monday, the state of North Carolina has had a total of 297,442 cases and 4,660 deaths.

Currently, 1,230 people are hospitalized with COVID-19, with 97% of hospitals reporting.

The state reports there are 261,719 presumed recoveries as of Monday, Nov. 9. This data is expected to be updated by 4 p.m. each Monday.

Active COVID-19 cases (reported in the last 14 days) in the Cape Fear:

Bladen: 208
Brunswick: 167
Columbus: 555
New Hanover: 248
Pender: 273

Dr. Cohen also provided an update on North Carolina’s data and trends.

Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days 

  • North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing but still elevated.

Trajectory of Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days 

  • ·North Carolina’s trajectory of cases is increasing.

Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days 

  • North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive is level but above 5 percent.

Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days 

  • North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is level but high.

In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread in testing, tracing and prevention.


  • Testing capacity is high

Tracing Capability 

  • The state is continuing to hire contact tracers to bolster the efforts of local health departments.
  • There have been almost 350,000 downloads of the exposure notification app, SlowCOVIDNC.

Personal Protective Equipment 

  • North Carolina’s personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies are stable.
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