RALEIGH – Governor Roy Cooper held another press conference Thursday to update the public about corona virus in North Carolina and what actions the State is taking to dampen its blow. College classes and events are getting canceled, employees are being encouraged to work from home, and Cooper advised citizens to cancel any gatherings of 100 people or more.
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If you don’t? Well, Cooper said if citizens fail to comply that he may mandate stronger control measures. It remains to be seen if he means ensuring compliance through force, but the efforts to slow down the spread of corona virus have already become surreal.
From the Carolina Journal:
“[…] With at least 15 coronavirus cases diagnosed in North Carolina, Cooper, during a Thursday, March 12, news conference, strongly advised people to work from home, cancel gatherings of more than 100 people, and isolate the sick. Bold action is needed, Cooper said. Schools remain open, and no one should panic, he said, but residents are “strongly advised” to follow the state’s guidances on remote work and social interactions.
Cooper said the state may mandate stronger measures if residents fail to comply with the recommendations and the virus outbreak worsens.
The legislature announced Thursday afternoon its staff should work from home. Lawmakers also postponed oversight committee meetings until next month. […]”
Legislative leaders have said that North Carolina is well-positioned for the coming challenges and are ready to help reinforce health systems with policy or budget moves should it become necessary. At this time there is no plan on a special legislative session, although the regular session is set to convene April 24.
Even the court system is making dramatic changes to preempt corona virus contagion. Chief Justice Cheri Beasley and other judicial leaders announced Friday that nearly all court cases will be continued for 30 days. (There are exceptions, so if you’ve legal action proceeding check with your attorney!).
The surreal nature of this corona conundrum just keeps growing by the day.