Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina K-12 public schools will continue remote learning through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Cooper was joined by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson and the Chair of the State Board of Education Eric Davis for the announcement. “School buildings will stay closed to students for this school year, but school isn’t over,” said Governor Cooper. “The decision to finish the year by remote learning was not made lightly, but it is the right thing to do to protect our students, teachers and communities. This is a difficult time for many children and parents, andRead More →

Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 135  extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home order through May 8. The orders extending closure of restaurants for dine-in service and bars and closure of other close-contact businesses are also extended through May 8. Last week, Governor Cooper laid out the path forward centered on three things: testing, tracing and trends. Today, Governor Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen, Secretary of NC Department of Health and Human Services, shared more specifics on those key metrics. The Stay At Home and other orders are extended today because North Carolina has not yet seen a downward trajectory of those metrics needed to beginRead More →

The number of cases of Craven County-located COVID-19 has flattened since April 23, remaining at 39 cases (as reported by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services) or 38 (as reported by the Craven County Health Department). Craven County has seven confirmed active cases and three residents hospitalized. The last death was reported on April 21. Other counties near or adjacent to Craven County continue to report increasing numbers of cases, and Craven still leads the region in the number of COVID-19-related deaths, at four. Pitt County, the largest county in the region by population, has the largest number of cases, with 110Read More →

In short, North Carolina is having a hard time getting necessary Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from federal and private suppliers. Here’s the status: These numbers reflect shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile and will be updated as new items are received. This does not reflect other sources of supplies.   Personal Protective Equipment from Private Sector1  Updated every Monday by 4 p.m.  Critical Supplies Ordered Received2 Face Shields 3,900,000 390,000 Gloves 22,600,000 7,800,000 Gowns 6,200,000 16,000 N95 Respirators 24,100,000 93,000 Surgical and Procedure Masks 21,200,000 6,900,000 1 This table reflects orders placed and received through the private sector. This does not reflect other sources of supplies. 2 Received reflects the numberRead More →

RALEIGH – As people across North Carolina have taken lifesaving measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, traffic volumes have plummeted, causing at least a $300 million budget shortfall for the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) for this fiscal year (ending June 30). Because NCDOT revenue is fully funded through the Motor Fuels Tax, Highway Use Tax and DMV fees, this significant impact has forced the department to notify local governments, stakeholders and the general public that all but about 50 major projects scheduled to start in the next 12 months are delayed.  Projects moving forward are funded by GARVEE bonds, BUILD NC bonds andRead More →

Frequently Asked Questions for Executive Order No. 131 April 9, 2020 This Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) document provides guidance for the implementation of Executive Order No. 131 (“Order”). On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper issued an Executive Order that provides new required and recommended policies for retail establishments, addresses COVID-19 mitigation measures for long-term care facilities, and expedites the processing of unemployment insurance claims by expanding availability of the attached claims process. This information is subject to change in light of new CDC guidance and additional Executive Orders or local government declarations. Required and Recommended Policies for Retail Establishments Which retail businesses areRead More →

State of North Carolina EXECUTIVE ORDERS EXECUTIVE ORDER 116: Declaration of a State of Emergency to Coordinate Response & Protective Actions to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER 117: Prohibiting Mass Gatherings & Directing the Statewide Closure of K-12 Public Schools to Limit the Spread of COVID-19 EXECUTIVE ORDER 118: Limiting Operations of Restaurants & Bars & Broadening Unemployment Insurance Benefits in Response to COVID-19 (See FAQs sheet for additional guidance on EO118) EXECUTIVE ORDER 119: Facilitating Critical Motor Vehicle Operations & Delegating Authority to the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services to Waive Regulations in Order to Expand Access to Child CareRead More →

Below is a message from the Mayors of the Towns on Bogue Banks: Mayor of Atlantic Beach Trace Cooper Mayor of Emerald Isle Eddie Barber Mayor of Indian Beach Stewart Pickett Mayor of Pine Knoll Shores Ken Jones “In support of Governor Cooper’s executive order, designed to avoid any non-essential travel, we want to do more to discourage people from traveling to the beach during these 30 days. “Restaurants are closed except for take out, bars are closed, non-essential businesses are closed, and both Fort Macon State Park and the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores are closed. “With the weather warming, our first respondersRead More →

Governor Roy Cooper today announced another step to help families by prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. Today’s Order applies to electric, gas, water and wastewater services for the next 60 days.  The Order directs utilities to give residential customers at least six months to pay outstanding bills and prohibits them from collecting fees, penalties or interest for late payment. Telecommunication companies that provide phone, cable and internet services are strongly urged to follow these same rules.  “This action is particularly important since tomorrow is the first of the month, and I know that’s a date many familiesRead More →

On Friday, March 27, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 121, ordering North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for performing essential work and essential activities such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety purposes. This Stay at Home Order will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed by keeping individuals from being exposed to the virus and keeping those who have the virus from spreading it to others. Below are frequently asked questions and answers. In addition, individuals should check with local governments to determine whether additional restrictions haveRead More →