Alert System Map

Map showing the coronavirus' rate of community spread in North Carolina counties.

The spread of the coronavirus has been “substantial” in Moore County, according to the COVID-19 County Alert System launched Tuesday by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Developed by DHHS to highlight infection and hospitalization trends in each of the state's 100 counties, the system uses color-based tiers to identify counties where the virus is spreading most aggressively.

Moore is among the 43 counties currently assigned to the orange tier, meaning the area is experiencing “substantial community spread.” The category is reserved for counties where 101 to 200 infections have been reported for every 100,000 residents over a two-week period, and where the pandemic has either caused a “moderate impact” on local hospitals or the positivity rate for coronavirus testing is 8 to 10 percent.

The only tier more severe than orange is red, which denotes “critical community spread.” Only 10 counties are currently assigned to the red tier.

Individuals in orange and red counties should “avoid places where people congregate” and limit their “public interactions to mainly essential activities,” according to DHHS. The agency is expected to update its rankings on the second week of December.

Jury Trials Delayed

Jury trials in District 19D have been postponed until next year as coronavirus cases continue to climb in Moore and Hoke counties.

Judge James Webb, senior resident superior court judge for the district, had planned to resume jury trials in both counties this month. In an email on Wednesday, he announced that the trials will be delayed “in the interest of public safety.”

The decision was made in response to the COVID-19 County Alert System. Writing in the email, Webb noted that Moore is an orange-tier county and Hoke is a red-tier county.

Webb said individuals who had been summoned for jury duty later this month and in December are dismissed. Jury trials are expected to resume in the district on Jan. 4, he said.

‘What We Need to Do’

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Moore County Board of Commissioners, Robert Wittmann, director of the local health department, addressed the reluctance among some residents to wear face coverings.

“I am aware that some do not believe that they need to, or should, wear a mask to slow the spread of COVID,” he said. “However, if we are to succeed in protecting our most vulnerable residents, some of us will need to step up and take personal responsibility. For the health and safety of our fellow residents, (we must) do what we need to do, not what we want to do.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently weighed in on the effectiveness of face coverings by updating its official guidance to emphasize that masks protect wearers from infection. For months, the CDC had acknowledged only that face coverings help prevent infected individuals from spreading the virus.

Matthew Garner, public information officer for the health department, said the agency hopes to persuade residents to be vigilant during the holiday season.

“As we get into the holidays, one of our big pushes here as the health department will be to encourage people to celebrate and gather safely,” he said “The overarching message that we want to give to everybody before the holidays is that if you are sick, if you do have symptoms, if you have been in contact with anyone who has had symptoms of COVID-19 or that you suspect may have been exposed, we ask that you stay home and isolate yourself from others.”

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More evidence of a Democrat-led scam-Democrat created to enable election fraud and support tyrants like Cooper, Cohen, Fraudci, Biden, etc. “Former Chief Science Officer for Pfizer Says "Second Wave" Faked on False-Positive COVID Tests, "Pandemic is Over". “Of course, the most famous incidence of PCR test unreliability was when the President of Tanzania revealed to the world that he had covertly sent samples from a goat, a sheep, and a pawpaw fruit to a COVID testing lab. They all came back positive for COVID.”

Isn’t this an admission by the Cooper administration that all their efforts to curb the sChina flu have failed? The definition of insanity is when people repeat the same action but expect different outcomes.

jimmie canabera

Anyone entering PA ,and several other states with rising COVID numbers, must get a COVID test within 72 hours or quarantine for 2 weeks. I wonder why we have nothing like this in place in NC.

Because that would be unconstitutional and completely unenforceable. The Pinehurst area golf industry that survives from golf tourism would never allow this. That is why they stayed open for visitors from New York at the same time that citizens were not allowed to drive across town to see family members.

David StClair

Kent, you are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts. Thousands getting sick every day and over 250, 000 deaths are facts. Your posts are simply the opinions of an ill informed, ignorant man.

All depends on who you choose to believe. For every scientific report supporting this phony pandemic and effectiveness of masks, I can show you two scientific studies that prove those wrong. I have though common sense and critical thinking on my side. For instance, if the Orwellian restrictions and mask edicts from the Cooper administration were the right thing to do, the sChina flu should have been eradicated months ago. If they were effective, there would be no cases in nursing homes. Once a bureaucrat or politician are allowed power they should not have, they become addicted to it. This is why they also cheat on elections when voters see through their charade.

Note there is no green color, everything is bad. Reminds me of the Weather Channel and wildfire warning signs at my local fire station that aren’t even green when it’s raining. “Don’t let a crisis go to waste” is the new policy of the left. If one doesn’t exist, create one like the sChina flu. How about a map showing where people with a brain and a backbone live? Wake County would be at the lowest level, Moore County near the top despite a handful of doomsayers and snowflakes.

Barbara Misiaszek

Kent, you are a lucky man.I have 2 sisters, a brother on law,niece and her husband in NY,all diagnosed with COVID, fortunately all recovered.

John Misiaszek

Well, it’s NY. Blame Democrats Cuomo and Bill DeBlasio (whose real name is Warren Wilhelm, weird) whose policies promoted spread. Fact is, your elderly relatives all recovered as do over 99% of all who test positive. Covid-19 is anything but a death sentence.

Barbara Misiaszek

Not that old Kent, 55 and younger. Also knew 2 guys in W.NY who died.

John Misiaszek

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Penny Priest

Couldn't agree more...people are so gullible!

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