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Wake County contemplating shelter-in-place order

Gov. Roy Cooper and leaders of cities and counties throughout North Carolina have declared states of emergency to help contain the spread of the coronavirus. Bars and restaurants have been ordered to close. Large gatherings have been prohibited.

Could an order to “shelter in place” be next?

It’s already happened in San Francisco and more than half a dozen counties in California and at least one in Colorado. Other cities and counties throughout the nation are considering the drastic measure, including Wake and Mecklenburg counties, as COVID-19 cases continue to multiply.

In Wake County, Emergency Operations Center Manager Darshan Patel said officials have spoken to their counterparts in San Francisco in an effort to better understand what a shelter-in-place order would mean for Wake County residents, how it would be implemented, and the lessons learned from the Bay Area.

Patel called a shelter-in-place order “always something that is on the table, but it is one of the last options.”

“We never take lightly restricting people’s movement,” Patel said. “While it’s on the table, it takes a lot of deliberation to put something like that in there.”

Full North Carolina Health News story here.