N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper announced today that a decision about how to return to school will be forthcoming next week. In an update streamed from Raleigh, Cooper said educators and health officials continue to work on a plan that will balance safety with getting kids back in school. He said N.C. has seen its highest number of hospitalizations to date, and second-highest number of daily cases today, and again urged citizens to wear masks when in public, and practice social distancing and hand-washing. The governor also said he will announce the fate of an executive order that expires next Friday, but has repeatedly said the state will be governed by data. In Hoke County, the number of cases is at 434, an increase of eight from the previous day. Four people have died for COVID-19 in Hoke County.