Davidson Residents Combat Coronavirus Boredom With ‘Bear Hunt’

This article originally appeared on the Davidson Patch

DAVIDSON, NC — As the state of North Carolina prepares for a widespread “stay-at-home” order aimed at slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19, some Davidson residents have come up with a creative activity for families.

The “stay-at-home” order announced Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper that is set to go into effect Monday at 5 p.m. The order is mandatory, and valid for 30 days through April 29, but could be revised or extended. While it’s in place, residents are directed to stay in their homes unless they need to leave for essential activities, such as for jobs, food, medicine, outdoor exercise or to help others, Cooper said.

“Looking for a fun adventure to do with the kiddos this week? How about a bear hunt in Davidson?!” the Town of Davidson said Monday in a social media post.

“Inspired by the children’s picture book “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Roen, some of our fabulous neighborhoods are putting together bear hunts for families to safely walk along the sidewalk and spot in house windows and on front porches!” the town said.

A map of the “bear hunt” may be found here.

The number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina rose sharply over the weekend, climbing to 1,307 as of Monday morning, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The number shows a jump of nearly 300 cases reported by state public health officials Sunday morning.

At least 137 patients are hospitalized and there have been at least six COVID-19 related deaths.

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