This week, the Lenoir County Board of Commissioners unanimously agreed to join seven other Governing Boards in Central Eastern North Carolina to request that Gov. Roy Cooper repeal Executive Order 135, known as the “Stay at Home Order.” The Governing Boards for Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Wayne counties cited the extreme economic hardship on their local economies as a major reason for the request. In the letter, the boards of commissioners thank Gov. Cooper for his leadership during this tenuous time in our history and for the governor’s efforts that have helped to save lives and flatten the curve throughout NorthRead More →

Craven County has 45 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of 11:30 a.m. on May 6, 2020. Out of the 45 confirmed positive cases, 35 have recovered. Recovered is defined as those individuals who have recovered, are doing well, and are out of isolation. The recovered cases completed the necessary isolation requirement and have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for at least 72 hours. Of the 45 cases, seven have been related to out-of-state travel, 23 are from community transmission, and 15 are a direct contact with a previously confirmed positive case. There have been four deaths related to COVID-19. None of the active COVID-19 cases areRead More →

This Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) document provides guidance for the implementation of Executive Order No. 138 (“Order”). The Order moves North Carolina into “Phase 1” of easing certain COVID-19 restrictions to help revive the economy while protecting public health. This information is subject to change in light of new CDC guidance and additional Executive Orders or local government declarations. When does Phase 1 go into place? This Order begins Phase 1 at 5 PM on Friday, May 8, 2020 and remains in place through 5 PM on May 22, 2020. Does this Order lift the Governor’s Stay at Home Order? No, people should still stayRead More →

New order takes effect Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m. Personal care businesses, entertainment venues, gyms to remain closed Governor Roy Cooper today signed Executive Order No. 138 to modify North Carolina’s Stay At Home order and transition to Phase 1 of slowly easing certain COVID-19 restrictions effective Friday, May 8 at 5 p.m. Certain businesses remain closed as the state continues battling COVID-19.  “COVID-19 is still a serious threat to our state, and Phase 1 is designed to be a limited easing of restrictions that can boost parts of our economy while keeping important safety rules in place,” said Governor Cooper. “This is a carefulRead More →

The federal government is sending out a $1,200 Federal Economic Impact Payments (otherwise known as a federal stimulus payment) for a qualifying adult. There is also an additional $500 stimulus payment available for each qualifying child under the age of 17. While people who receive Social Security (SSI) will receive the full $1,200 stimulus payment automatically, those who didn’t file federal tax returns in 2018 or 2019 will need to use the IRS online tool to register to receive an additional $500 stimulus payment for each qualifying child. People in that group can visit this website to receive the payment.  For more information on whether some oneRead More →

Governor Roy Cooper today signed the following COVID-19 relief bills into law: Senate Bill 704 House Bill 1043 “I am signing into law two critical relief bills that will provide assistance to families, schools, hospitals and small businesses as our state battles COVID-19,” said Governor Cooper. “There is more work ahead of us, and I hope the spirit of consensus behind these bills will continue.” The Governor was joined by House Speaker Tim Moore, Democratic House Leader Darren Jackson, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and Democratic Senate Leader Dan Blue.  “The General Assembly crafted a bipartisan COVID-19 relief package that puts North Carolina onRead More →

On May 4, 2020, Governor Cooper extended expiration dates for N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles credentials (such as driver licenses and vehicle registrations; full list below): People whose credentials expired between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 1, 2020 have been given a one-time, five-month extension (from the original expiration date) to renew driver licenses and handle vehicle registrations. Any fines and fees related to expired credentials are being temporarily waived. Customers who already paid a $15 fee for a late renewal in March or April will be reimbursed. This language does not change the original expiration date of the driver license or vehicle registration renewal; it onlyRead More →

Knowing when to dial up or down social distancing and other protections depends on two factors: our Trends in key metrics and our capacity to conduct Testing and Tracing. Learn more about the Governor’s plan on Staying Ahead of the CurveOpen PDF. Trend Metrics Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen announced a combination of key metrics that North Carolina is watching to inform decisions to ease restrictions.  Because each has limitations, no one metric should be viewed in isolation. These are: COVID-Like Illness Surveillance Is North Carolina seeing a continued downward trajectory of COVID-Like Illnesses in its surveillance systems?  The North Carolina Department of Health and HumanRead More →

Note: Revised at 3:50 p.m. with updated numbers from the Craven County Health Department Craven County has reached 40 confirmed cases of COVID-19, according to state and county health agencies. The number of confirmed cases is statistically vague without knowing how many residents in the county have actually been tested. Also, there may be a backlog in the processing of tests, which affects the accurate daily reporting of case numbers. For example, while Craven County has barely increased over the past week, Pitt and Lenoir counties have had significant increases in their numbers of cases. Regardless, Craven County still leads the region in deaths, withRead More →

With 89 percent of adults hospitalized with COVID-19 having some sort of pre-existing condition, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on the States Offering the Most Coronavirus Support, and North Carolina ranked last in the nation. To identify which states offer the most support during the COVID-19 pandemic, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 17 key metrics. Our data set ranges from whether the state will offer free vaccinations once a vaccine exists to the share of households in poverty that receive social assistance. Below, you can see highlights from the report, along with a WalletHub Q&A. Coronavirus SupportRead More →