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.
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.
- March 3: NCDHHS announces state’s first COVID-19 case
- March 10: Gov. Roy Cooper declares
- 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.