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COVID-19NC: Protestors Rally Against State Stay Home Order & Governor Holds Briefing

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The group Reopen NC is planning a second protest in Raleigh Tuesday morning urging Governor Cooper to lift stay-at-home restrictions no later than May 1. The protest comes amid mounting pressure from some lawmakers and others to reopen the economy even as the number of new coronavirus infections continues to grow by the day. 

FIND THE LATEST COVID-19 CASE COUNT IN NORTH CAROLINA HERE.  FOR ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS CLICK HERE.

As written, Cooper's stay-at-home order would expire on April 29, although he could chose to extend it. Cooper has said he needs to see progress in three key areas before he considers reopening the state.

Governor Cooper is expected to address the protest today at 2 p.m. during a Coronavirus Task Force  COVID-19 briefing at the  Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh where he may also reveal more details about what social distancing restrictions will look like going into May. 

Blue Ridge Public Radio will air the briefing live on both BPR Classic & BPR News. You can also view  the stream here: https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-update

Helen Chickering is a host and reporter on Blue Ridge Public Radio. She joined the station in November 2014.