Governor Roy Cooper issued an executive order Saturday afternoon that bans all mass gatherings of more than 100 people.
All NC schools will be closed Monday, March 16, and the closure will last at least two weeks.
There are at least 23 cases of COVID-19 in North Carolina, health officials said early Saturday.
That marks an increase of eight cases reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services since Friday.
That figure does not include a case at Camp Lejeune.
Across the U.S., a total of 1,694 cases have been reported with 41 deaths related to coronavirus.
The increase in North Carolina comes a day after President Donald Trump declared the outbreak a national emergency.
The N.C. State Laboratory of Public Health has completed 101 tests and currently has the capability to conduct 680 more.
Commercial testing is also beginning but numbers concerning those tests are not available.
- March 10: Gov. Roy Cooper declares State of Emergency
- March 11: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic
- March 13: President Trump declares National Emergency