NCHA Applauds Statewide Shelter-in-Place Order

Ross Houston
March 28, 2020

Governor Cooper announced at his 4 p.m press conference that there will be a statewide stay-at-home order in effect Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m., through April 30. Almost 800 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 across the state. Governor Cooper called it necessary to also protect many healthcare providers who are overextended now.

Now there are 763 confirmed cases across the state that have resulted in three deaths. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is widespread transmission of COVID-19 throughout the state. "We understand that such an order was not considered lightly, and we believe this is a vital step to immediately impact the spread of the virus". He and his administration have been tracking data worldwide and making adjustments in the hope less people get sick simultaneously in NC. 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. Violations are a Class 2 misdemeanor.

In announcing the order, Cooper said, "These are tough directives, but I need you to take them seriously".

"It has the force of law", he said. Public schools throughout the state have been ordered closed through at least May 15. "But that's a ways off", Governor Cooper clarified.

"Think of who you might infect if you're carrying the virus", he said.

North Carolina's average payment is $277/week. 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've had discussions with Governor Cooper about the challenge of protecting both the physical and economic health of the state, and the Governor made the hard, but correct decision to issue a statewide stay-at-home order".

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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