Gov. Cooper requests major disaster declaration for NC amid COVID-19 pandemic

North Carolina news

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Gov. Roy Cooper has requested a major disaster declaration for North Carolina.

In a letter to President Donald Trump, Cooper said the declaration is needed to help protect the citizens of the state from the health impacts of COVID-19 and to help North Carolina recover economically.

Click here to read Cooper’s letter to the president

Cooper is asking the federal government to provide assistance with crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance and Small Business Administration assistance – among other programs.

On March 10, Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina. Three days later, Trump declared a national emergency due to the spread of coronavirus.

California, New York and Washington have already received major disaster declarations for COVID-19.

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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