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Updated: Gov. Cooper, Coronavirus Task Force to hold news conference Friday

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force have scheduled a news conference at 4 p.m. on Friday, July 31 from the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. It had originally been scheduled for 1 p.m.

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

The Governor extended his Phase 2 executive order until Aug. 7 that leaves some businesses, such as bars and gyms, closed. Earlier this week, the governor banned the sale of alcoholic drinks after 11 p.m. in restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries beginning Friday. His Phase 2 executive order as part of a three-step process to ease restrictions in the state put in place to deal with the virus.

As of 11:35 a.m. Thursday, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported a total of 1120,194 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 1,903 deaths attributed to the virus in the state. There had been 1,724,924 completed tests.

In Bladen County, there were 563 confirmed cases and six deaths attributed to the virus, according to NCDHHS. Bladen County had 170 cases per 10,000 residents.

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