4 new COVID deaths reported for Moore County

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina government is sticking for now with incremental expanded business closings, tightened assembly limitations and health care system preparations to blunt the spread of the new coronavirus. 

Gov. Roy Cooper issued new orders this week closing several categories of entertainment and personal service establishments and shuttering public schools for several weeks longer.

North Carolina doesn’t have a broad “stay-at-home” order in place, but Cooper says his administration is looking at options for every scenario.

The trade group representing hospitals says such an order needs to happen immediately to blunt the virus spread.

State health officials now count roughly 400 cases.

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