CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. — Cabarrus County has issued a 'stay at home' order effecting Thursday, March 26 at 5 p.m.
The order was announced Wednesday after two individuals in the county died of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
One patient was a Cabarrus County resident who died Tuesday from complications with the virus. The patient was in their late 70s and had several underlying medical conditions, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.
The second patient was a resident of Virginia, who was traveling through North Carolina. That person was in their 60s, according to DHHS.
Neither person has been identified at this time.
The Cabarrus County 'stay at home' order allows essential businesses and operations to continue. A list of those exclusions is below.
"The order emphasis the seriousness of the situation but still allows essential services to continue," said Steve Morris, the chairman of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners.
The proclamation effects all cities and towns, including Concord and Kannapolis.
The county had issued a 'state of emergency' last week.
· Visiting a healthcare professional for medical services that cannot be provided virtually
· Caring for a friend or family member
· Walking pets; visiting veterinarian
· Assisting with getting supplies for another person
· Going to a restaurant for take-out or delivery
· Going to a pharmacy for medications and other healthcare needs
· Receiving deliveries from any delivery business
· Going to grocery, convenience or warehouse stores
· Exercising outdoors, while maintaining the recommended social distancing of a minimum of six feet.
· Going to work, unless you fall under the essential services outlined in the Proclamation
· Visiting family and friends without having an urgent need to do so
· Traveling, except when for permissible activities
· Gathering in groups
As of Wednesday morning, there are 142 positive cases of coronavirus in Mecklenburg County., where a 'stay at home' order goes into effect Thursday at 8 a.m.