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  • Writer's pictureDavid Laurence

COVID-19 Update: March 31st

Here are some of the latest items of interest concerning the COVID-19 outbreak. As I have written before, my office is here to help you, your families, and your businesses. If you have any questions, concerns, or needs, please do not hesitate to message me on Facebook, email my office, or call my office with whatever is on your mind.

My office number is 919-733-5931 My office email is

Recent National Action

  1. On Sunday President Trump extended his plan to slow the COVID-19 outbreak to April 30th.

  2. FDA issues emergency authorization of anti-malaria drug Chloroquine.

  3. Per early reports and estimates, North Carolina could receive as much as $4 billion in state aid from the Federal Government’s CARES Act $150B Coronavirus Relief Fund.

  4. The White House granted the state’s request for a federal disaster declaration. The declaration provides Public Assistance to all 100 North Carolina counties, allowing local governments, state agencies and eligible non-profits to be reimbursed for costs involved in responding to the pandemic.

  5. Mandatory stay-at-home orders have been issued in at least 27 states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

  6. 3M plans will make over 1 billion masks in 2020. There is a desperate need for masks globally. FEMA only had 13 million masks on hand prior to the outbreak, the extra masks will be a welcome relief first responders and medical staff who need them most.

North Carolina “Stay at Home Order.”

  1. Governor Cooper issued a “Stay At Home Order” on Friday that became effective on Monday March 30th. The following contains some important information about the order.

  2. It bans gatherings of 10 or more people, Cooper said.

  3. The stay-at-home order will last 30 days and end on April 29.

  4. Those who go outside must maintain at least 6 feet of social distancing except around members of their family or household. Permitted reasons for leaving home include health and safety; outdoor activities; certain types of work; and getting necessary supplies and services for food, groceries, household supplies, items needed to work from home and for automobiles.

  5. Businesses that are allowed to remain open under the executive order will NOT need to have any extra credential or permit to continue operations.

  6. Essential jobs that are exempted from the stay at home order include health care, public health, infrastructure, government operations, human services, food and beverage production, agriculture, media, financial and insurance institutions, and businesses that meet social distancing requirements.

  7. There are several exemptions for retail businesses deemed essential including restaurants and grocery stores, laundromats, bookstores that sell educational materials, hardware stores, lawn and garden retailers and gas stations and beer, wine and liquor retailers.

  8. Unemployment Filing: For anyone filing out the form for unemployment, you must enter “coronavirus” as your reason for separation in order to receive the unemployment benefit for jobs lost due to the outbreak.

My office will work quickly to continue to provide you with updates as soon as they become available. In the meantime, please pray for the strength, endurance, and resilience of our country, our fellow Americans, our leaders, and the world.

Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

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