North Carolina’s combination of trends (COVID-like syndromic cases, lab-confirmed cases, positive tests as a percentage of total tests and hospitalizations) over 14 days remain stable overall and North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 on Friday, May 22 at 5 p.m. See the Phase 2 FAQs.

As of this morning, NC has 20,122 positive cases, 277,603 completed tests, 554 hospitalizations, and 702 deaths.

Restaurants, swimming pools and personal care businesses, such as salons and barbershops, can re-open at 50 percent capacity, with distancing and cleaning requirements. These businesses will have face covering and cleaning requirements, while also reducing the number of people in waiting areas. Guidance for Phase 2 is here.

Some businesses and venues will remain closed in Phase 2 including bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and museums; and public playgrounds.

Mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to the following: event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.

North Carolina has more than doubled the daily testing rate with more than 8,000 tests completed daily on average. More than 300 testing sites across North Carolina are posted on the DHHS website. Contact tracing is advancing, and the Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative has hired 152 new tracers.

New information has been added to the upgraded #COVID19NC Dashboard. Search by ZIP code and count for cases and outbreaks with new and improved maps. See the #COVID19NC Dashboard.

Remember to make the 3 Ws (Wear, Wait, Wash) part of your daily routine.

1) Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.

2) Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.

3) Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

#StayStrongNC

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