by Brenée Goforth
Media Manager & Communications Associate, John Locke Foundation
On Tuesday, March 10, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency due to the concern over novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Thirteen other states declared a state of emergency prior to Cooper’s announcement.
As of the announcement, seven people in North Carolina tested positive for Coronavirus. The announcement did not come with any school closures, but during the announcement, the administration explained that declaring a state of emergency will help speed up the delivery of supplies by waiving certain trucking restrictions and freeing up federal funding for states in states of emergency.