Cooper to issue new statewide guidance to slow COVID-19’s spread


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov Roy Cooper said new statewide guidance on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 will be announced soon.

“These are difficult, deliberate decisions. It is important we get it right,” Cooper said.

Cooper did not elaborate on what the new guidance would entail or exactly when it would be issued.

“We want people to stay home,” Cooper said.

When asked directly if he was planning on issuing a statewide “stay-at-home” order – he said “additional orders” would be coming soon.

The City of Durham and Mecklenburg County have already issued “stay-at-home” orders. Wake County plans to reveal their plans later Wednesday.

Cooper’s statements come as North Carolina reported the first coronavirus-related deaths in the state.

“It is with a heavy heart that I say these will not be our last,” Cooper said.

The governor said the deaths are a stark reminder that North Carolinians must take the virus seriously,

“This virus can be deadly,” Cooper said.

The number of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina is now 504. Cooper said 29 people are hospitalized and some of those are in critical condition for workers in North Carolina.

COVID-19 timeline

  • March 3: NCDHHS announces state’s first COVID-19 case
  • March 10: Gov. Roy Cooper declares State of Emergency
  • March 11: World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a pandemic
  • March 13: President Donald Trump declares a National Emergency
  • March 14: Cooper issues Executive Order 117 closing K-12 public schools until at least March 30 and banning gatherings of more than 100 people
  • March 16: NCDHHS recommends no mass gatherings for more than 50 people
  • March 17: Cooper issues Executive Order 118 limiting operations of restaurants and bars, and broadening unemployment insurance benefits
  • March 23: Cooper issues Executive Order 120 which closes public K-12 schools through May 15 and orders businesses such as barbershops and salons to close.
  • March 25: North Carolina reports its first coronavirus-related deaths
  • March 29: Trump extends social distancing orders through the end of April
  • March 31: Cooper signs Executive Order 124 which prohibits utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during the pandemic.
  • April 7: Cooper will sign executive orders limiting customers in retailers and offers child care assistance to certain workers
  • April 14: Coronavirus-related deaths top 100 in North Carolina
  • April 24: Cooper extends stay-at-home order to May 8
  • May 5: Cooper announces Phase One of reopening will being May 8

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