Monday, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an over $1.5 billion package of bills that will help North Carolina fight COVID-19. The measures were approved in a bipartisan effort in the N.C. General Assembly. The bills will help provide assistance for small businesses, feed children while schools are closed, enable summer learning programs so students won’t fall behind, and assist hospitals and first responders.
Cooper says the state is making progress in its testing, tracing and trends. The governor is hopeful the state will be able to start reopening its economy this weekend. Gov. Cooper also reminded the success the state is seeing so far is due to North Carolinians following the “Stay-at-Home” order, and practicing recommended social distancing and sanitizing measures. The governor’s “Stay-at-Home” executive order is currently in effect until May 8.