Stanly records fourth death, executive orders reviewed

Published 4:00 pm Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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As of Tuesday, Stanly County Health Department reports 21 confirmed cases of COVID-19 with four deaths. Thirteen individuals have recovered at this time. Approximately 650 people in the county have been tested.

The Health Department recommends you continue to follow the guidelines listed below:

● STAY HOME! Follow the NC Stay-at-Home Order requirements.

● Wear a face covering when in public.

● Maintain social distancing, stay 6 feet away from others.

● Wash your hands often, for 20 seconds with soap and water.

● Cough or sneeze into a tissue or your bent elbow.

● Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

● Avoid people who are sick.

● If you are sick, stay home and call your healthcare provider.

Beginning March 10, Gov. Roy Cooper issued several executive orders affecting daily life
of North Carolina residents. The following orders are still in effect at this time and may be
extended or rescinded by the governor in the coming days or weeks. To help clarify the current
orders we are sharing them based on when they are due to expire. Executive Orders can be
viewed in full at ttps://

● In effect until April 29 (unless extended) – Executive Order 121 – Stay at Home order,
limits gatherings to ten persons or fewer, closes non-essential businesses, and prohibits
leaving your home except for:
○ Health and safety
○ Necessary supplies and services
○ Outdoor activity
○ Certain types of work
○ Taking care of others
○ Worship
○ Receiving goods and services
○ Volunteering

● In effect until May 13 (unless extended) – Executive Order 131 – Maximum Occupancy
and Social Distancing guidelines for retail stores
○ Five customers per 1000 square feet OR 20 percent of stated fire occupancy
○ Six feet social distancing marked at cash registers, high-volume products, and
outside in line to enter store

● In effect until May 15 (unless extended) – Executive Order 120 – Extends school closures
from Executive Order 117

● In effect until May 30 (unless extended) – Executive Order 124 – Prohibits utility
shut-offs, late fees, and reconnection fees
○ Applies to electric, natural gas, water, or wastewater services
○ Customers shall be given the opportunity to make up the late payment over six
months beginning at the end of the executive order period