Wake County readies for stay-at-home order amid COVID-19 outbreak

Wake County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Wake County leaders could be less than a day away from announcing a stay-at-home order for all non-essential personnel due to COVID-19.

County Commissioner Greg Ford posted the announcement on social media Wednesday morning but has declined to elaborate on what it could look like.

As word of a potential stay-at-home order spread around Wake County, Heather Petrovich said one thing came to her mind when she heard the news.

“My initial reaction was like, ‘how long and when is this going to happen?'” said Petrovich. “My parents live in Pennsylvania and this order has been mandated in their state for over a week and a half now.”

For the past week, Petrovich and her family have stayed home to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“Being home is the best step in protecting ourselves,” she said.

Steve Sellers lives in downtown Raleigh, and he said business closures and curbside carry out have been solid steps in curbing the spread, but he believes local leaders should be doing more.

“Everybody has to do their part in keeping this virus down and keeping it from spreading,” said Sellers. “I think they’re trying real hard. I don’t think they’ve done enough, but I think they’re on the right path.”

“I think more ordinances need to be implemented for people to be mandated to stay home, instead of urged to stay home,” said Petrovich. “There’s a big difference, and people aren’t respecting that.”

While it remains to be seen what Wake County will do, everyone seems to have an opinion on if a stay at home order will work.

“You’re not going to keep people indoors,” said Sellers. “It’s a survival thing.”

“You may be infecting people without even realizing it,” said Petrovich. “I think it is important as a community to stay home, and keep everyone healthy.”

The City of Durham and Mecklenburg County have announced their stay-at-home orders.

Durham’s exceptions include those seeking medical treatment, buying food, or exercising outdoors.

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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