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North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper and the Coronavirus Task Force have scheduled a news conference for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28 from the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh to give an update on the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Cooper announced Oct. 21 that the state would remain paused in Phase 3 of the COVID-19 reopening plan through Nov. 13 as health officials continued to monitor viral trends. The governor cited North Carolina’s increased hospitalizations and trajectory of cases as reasons for the continuation of Phase 3.

“As this pandemic continues, I know it’s difficult and tiring to keep up our guard, especially when we’re gathered with people we love,” Cooper said during the Oct. 21 news conference. “But it’s necessary. No one wants to spread COVID-19 accidentally to friends or family, so we must keep prevention at the forefront.

As of Tuesday, the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 263,883 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,211 deaths attributed to the virus in the state since the pandemic began early in the year. There had been 231,611 people who had recovered from the virus.

In Bladen County, there had been 1,080 confirmed cases and 19 deaths attributed to the virus, according to the Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services. There had been 986 people who had recovered from the virus.