NC April 21st Update: Deaths Spike, Gov. Signs New Executive Order

Gov. Cooper signs Executive Order to help furloughed employees

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has signed a new Executive Order today to help furloughed workers whose employers have paid them a severance or furlough payment. Before this order, these employees were ineligible for unemployment compensation. With this order, they now qualify.

"We are working with legislators to try to codify into law this order and my other orders on unemployment benefits. Next week when the General Assembly returns, we hope to get consensus on more help for North Carolina," Cooper said. 

North Carolina sees biggest, single-day increase in deaths thus far

In North Carolina, there are over 6,900 cases of coronavirus. On Tuesday, the state reported 34 new deaths, the biggest, single-day increase within the state thus far. The coronavirus death toll in North Carolina is now 213 people. 

General Assembly leaders and Gov. Cooper have agreed that the state needs to make more funding available for small business owners. 

"And we'll do that by providing funding to the Rapid Recovery Program through the Golden LEAF Foundation, which is up & running and can act quickly to get funding to people," Cooper said. 

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