State and Federal Information Sources
North Carolina’s Division of Public Health hosts a website with up-to-date information related to the outbreak. This includes information and resources for all sectors of the state, including schools and colleges, businesses, families, long-term care facilities and more. The state’s response efforts are also noted on this site.
- A Social Media Toolkit is also available - with resources on how to slow the spread of germs, wash your hands, what to do when you are sick and more.
Governor Cooper has issued the following executive orders:
- March 10 - an executive order declaring a state of emergency, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services shared several recommendations to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people infected.
- March 14 - an executive order prohibiting mass gatherings and directing the statewide closure of all K-12 schools to slow the spread of COVID-19.
- March 17 - an executive order limiting the operations of restaurants and bars, and broadening unemployment benefits in response to COVID-19.
- March 20 - an executive order facilitating critical motor vehicle operations and delegating authority to the secretary of health and human services to waive regulations to expand access to child care and support local health departments.
- March 23 - an executive order additional limitations on mass gatherings, venues and long term care facilities, and extension of school closure date to May 15, 2020.
- March 27 - an executive order declaring a stay at home order and strategic directions for North Carolina in response to increasing COVID-19 cases.
- March 30 - an executive order to donate or transfer state surplus property to state agencies, local governments, and schools in response to public health emergency.
- March 31 - an executive order assisting North Carolinians by prohibiting utility shut-off, late fees, and reconnection fees; providing guidance about restrictions on evictions; and encouraging telecommunications providers, banks, and mortgage servicers to provide assistance and flexibility to their customers.
- April 1 - an executive order authorizing and encouraging remote shareholder meetings during the COVID-19 State of Emergency.
- April 9 - an executive order limiting capacity for retail establishments, adding additional risk-mitigation efforts for long-term care facilities, and instituting new processes to speed unemployment payments.
North Carolina's Broadband Infrastructure Office has created an interactive map that identifies free or affordable service offerings from various vendors across the state, and a list of public Wi-Fi access locations available for public use.
The federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website contains resources and information related to the U.S. government’s preparation and response to the outbreak, including up-to-date “situation assessments.” The CDC has also provided a Fact Sheet on the Coronavirus, which can be found here.
The Small Business Administration and the US Treasury released FAQs related to the Paycheck Protection program to provide additional guidance for borrowers and lenders. The document will be updated regularly. Access it here.
The US Chamber of Commerce has published a guide to federal coronavirus loan programs for nonprofits, including the Paycheck Protection Program, which provides 100% federally guaranteed loans to eligible organizations. Access the guide here.