NC Gov. Cooper Issues Statewide 'Stay At Home' Order, Begins Monday

Gov. Roy Cooper issues stay-at-home order

At of Friday, the state counted 763 cases of coronavirus in at least 60 counties, with three deaths.

All of North Carolina is being ordered to "stay at home" in order to slow the spread of the new coronavirus, Gov. Roy Cooper said Friday afternoon. "Enforcement begins at 5 p.m. on Monday, but we urge you to start as soon as you possibly can".

Violations of the order are a class two misdemeanor. This order directs you to stay home unless you need to leave home for essentials such as your job, food, medicine, outdoor exercise or to help someone.

"It's what we have to do to save lives", Cooper said at a 4 p.m. news conference. The order also bans gatherings of 10 or more people. Representing more than 130 hospitals, health systems, physician groups and other healthcare organizations, the NCHA works with our members to improve the health of North Carolina communities by advocating for sound public policies and collaborative partnerships and by providing insights, services, support and education to expand access to high-quality, efficient, affordable and integrated healthcare for all North Carolinians.

"I know this order may lead to even more hardship and heartache", Cooper said.

"Because no one is immune, because there is no vaccination, the best scientifically proven tool we have to slow the spread is keeping our physical distance and staying home", he said.

In requesting the major disaster declaration, Governor Cooper asked the federal government to provide individual assistance for those affected, including crisis counseling, disaster unemployment assistance and Small Business Administration assistance, among other programs. Cooper also said North Carolina is now considered to have widespread transmission of the virus, which means people who have tested positive can not trace where they were exposed to the virus.

If officers find people violating it conspicuously, the governor says they're within their right to enforce it under the law.



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