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Cooper Signs Executive Order Allowing Local Governments To Access State Surplus Equipment PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 10:17
Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order No. 122 to help schools and local governments access state surplus property to help bridge gaps during the response to COVID-19. The Order also provides transfer or donation of personal protective equipment (PPE) that state government may have and not need. 
This crisis has created hardships for so many, but this Executive Order can help students and local governments with the equipment they need,” said Governor Cooper. "This order helps speed more personal protection equipment to frontline healthcare workers. In addition it allows local governments and students to get other equipment they may need."

 

By request, surplus property including computers owned by the state may be requested by governments and school districts, and the state will supply them to try to bridge the digital divide during school closures.

 

 
Senator Berger Calls For Random Testing PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 10:05
Senate Leader Phil Berger is calling for random sample testing of the population for COVID-19. 
 
Here's a small list of what others are saying about random sample testing:
 
"The most valuable piece of information for answering those questions would be to know the current prevalence of the infection in a random sample of a population…” – Dr. John Ioannidis, professor of medicine and professor of epidemiology and population health, Stanford University.
 
"Random testing may show officials that there is a need to do more, or that they can protect the public and the economy by doing less. To see the right path, NC should refocus testing to get a clearer view of the COVID-19 landscape." – News & Observer Editorial Board.
 
"Authorities need to start conducting random testing now, with statisticians in the coronavirus command center guiding the design." – Neeraj Sood, professor at the University of Southern California’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics.
 
"Of all the data out there, if there was a good serological assay that was very specific about individuating recent cases, that would be the best data we could have..." – Alex Perkins, an epidemiologist at the University of Notre Dame.
 
“The reason we want it to be random is we don’t want to only screen individuals who have symptoms. We want to understand the prevalence of infection for people who don’t have symptoms, because one of the things we’ve heard as we look to national and international news is that for every one person we’re testing, that there are also ten to eleven other individuals who are also infected." – Erin Kobetz, a professor of medicine and public health sciences at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.
 
Random Coronavirus Testing Coming For Miami-Dade Residents (WLNR)
 
Cooper Issues Stay At Home Order Through April 29 PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 10:03
Governor Roy Cooper ordered people in the state of North Carolina to stay at home for thirty days, until April 29, 2020, in another step to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Governor Cooper’s Executive Order No. 121 takes effect on Monday, March 30 at 5:00 PM and reduces the size of gatherings to 10 people. The Order provides for essential businesses to continue to operate while prioritizing social distancing measures. The Order has the force of law and will be enforced in all 100 counties statewide.
 
“To continue our aggressive battle against COVID-19, I have signed a Stay at Home Order for the entire state of North Carolina. Though it is difficult we must do this to slow the disease spread,” said Governor Cooper. “We need our medical system to be able to care for the friends and family we know will become seriously ill from the virus.”
 
The Governor noted today that three North Carolinians have died due to COVID-19 and the state has 763 confirmed cases of the virus in 60 counties. He called on all North Carolinians to protect themselves by staying home and following social distancing guidelines. North Carolina is now considered to have widespread transmission of the virus, which means people who have tested positive cannot trace where they were exposed to the virus.
 
The Order directs people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others.
“I know this order may lead to even more hardship and heartache. Although we are physically apart, we must take this step together in spirit,” Governor Cooper said. 
 
 
 
Cooper Relaxes Regulations During COVID Emergency PDF Print E-mail
State Government
By Administrator   
Tuesday, 07 April 2020 09:44
RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has waived restrictions to increase access to caregivers to provide flexible child care and elder care during the coronavirus emergency. The Order provides flexibility to local health departments working to adapt to the increased need for their resources.

 

Additionally, it provides for ways for Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices to enact social distancing protections, and waives some registration requirements to ensure resources can be delivered by truck throughout the state.

 

“Doctors, nurses, first responders and other critical personnel need to know their children are safe so they can continue to respond during this time of crisis,” said Governor Cooper. “And we’re loosening trucking requirements so important medicine and equipment can get quickly to the the people in all 100 counties that need it.”

 

The Order provides for the following provisions:
Improve access to safe, flexible child care for first responders, emergency personnel, food preparers and others;
Transfer authority to local health departments to be more flexible with mandates during the crisis, so they can prioritize the most needed services;
Lifts some restrictions so that volunteers and other caregivers may care for children and elders during the crisis.

 

The transportation waiver includes provisions to:
Allow DMV offices to ensure appropriate social distancing including requiring appointments and making sure offices have enough space for DMV customers;
Postpone DMV hearings that can reasonably be delayed during the crisis response;
Offers clarity around regulations so that critical supplies can get where they are needed throughout the state;
Waive Commercial Driver’s License requirements to ensure school buses can be utilized in responding to the crisis.

 

The North Carolina Council of State concurred with the order Friday. The full order is available here.
Make sure the information you are getting about COVID-19 is coming directly from reliable sources like the CDC and NCDHHS.
For more information, please visit the CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus and NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus, which includes daily updates on positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina. 
 
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