North Carolina to stay in Phase Three as state’s COVID-19 trends continue to increase

Governor Cooper announced Wednesday during a briefing that the state will stay in Phase Three for the next three weeks due to an increase of reported COVID-19 cases.

During the briefing, Cooper says he hopes with greater enforcement, numbers will be lowered.

In the past two weeks, North Carolina health officials say they have seen an increase in COVID-19 clusters from social events and other gatherings such as parties, family gatherings, weddings and funerals.