NORTH CAROLINA – President Donald Trump has officially declared that a major disaster exists in the State of North Carolina. This declaration will order Federal assistance to supplement State, tribal and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
President Trump approved Governor Roy Cooper’s request of a disaster designation due to COVID-19 on Wednesday night, just a day after the request was made.
At the time President Trump made the decision North Carolina had confirmed 504 cases of coronavirus in the state, one death due to the disease which was recorded on March 25 and 10, 489 completed tests. The morning after the decision the state recorded that the number of cases has gone up by 132 bringing the total to 636.
According to a press release from The White House, President Trump’s action will allow for Federal funding available to State, tribal, and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations for emergency protective measures, including direct Federal assistance, for all areas in the State of North Carolina impacted by COVID-19.
This action would activate many of the same programs activated after a hurricane such as assistance from FEMA.
North Carolina has been under a declared state of emergency since March 10, which Cooper announced, and Trump declared a national emergency on March 13.
The state has not been issued a Stay-In-Place or Shelter-In-Place order but numerous counties have made this decision including Meckenburg, Cabarrus and Durham.