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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper announced Monday an extension to his executive order  that limits hours on the sale of alcoholic drinks through Oct. 2. The order requires restaurants to end the sale of alcoholic beverages at 11 p.m.

Cooper and the Coronavirus Task Force have scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh to give an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Governor’s Phase 2 executive order that leaves some businesses closed is scheduled to expire Sept. 11.

A live stream of the event can be viewed at https://www.ncdps.gov/storm-update.

“North Carolina has made good progress stabilizing our COVID-19 numbers, and this order will help us continue it,” Cooper said in extending the alcohol curfew for three weeks. “Now is the time to continue staying cautious and vigilant as we work to beat this pandemic.”

Several colleges in the state have reported COVD-19 outbreaks as students have returned to campus and many have gone to online-only classes. Some schools have ordered students who live on campus to return home.

Many school systems in the state, including Bladen County Schools, are  using online-only instruction.

As of 12:15 p.m. Monday, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 167,313 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,702 deaths attributed to the virus in the state. There had been 2,256,172 completed tests.

In Bladen County, there were 716 confirmed cases and 10 deaths attributed to the virus, according to NCDHHS.

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