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Posted on: March 16, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Governor Cooper's Executive Orders

Governor Cooper issued an Executive Order closing K-12 public schools and banning gatherings of more than 100 people

On Saturday, March 14th, Governor Roy Cooper ordered all K-12 public schools in North Carolina to close for a minimum of two weeks in response to COVID-19. The Executive Order also bans gatherings of more than 100 people. North Carolina currently has 23 people in 12 counties who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Press Release

Executive Order

New Education and Nutrition Working Group

Governor Cooper has appointed an Education and Nutrition Working Group to develop a plan to ensure that children and families are supported while schools are closed. The working group will focus on issues including nutrition, health, childcare access for critical health care and other front-line workers and learning support for children at home.

“I am standing up this new working group to ensure that children have enough food to eat, families have care in safe places for their young children, and student learning continues,” Governor Cooper said.


The website includes guidance and resources for a range of stakeholders. Information is changing rapidly and will be added and updated:

Businesses and Employers

Child Care Centers

Colleges and Universities 

Community and Faith-Based Organizations

Community Events and Mass Gatherings

Correctional Facilities

First Responders

Health Care Providers, Hospitals, and Laboratories

Homeless Shelters

K-12 Schools

Local Health Departments

Long-term Facilities

Malls and Shopping Centers

Mass Transit

Migrant Farm Workers and their Employers

Public Facing Businesses and Agencies

Restaurants and Bars

Syringe Service Programs

Working with People with Disabilities

Events are changing rapidly, and we will continue to do our best to share to ensure you have the latest information.

DHHS continues to update our website regularly. You can also go to the CDC website.

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