COVID-19 News and Cooper’s Plan: Some Context and Criticism | Beaufort County Now | With all the differing information swirling around COVID-19, it is always helpful to put that information in context. | john locke foundation, coronavirus, covid-19, roy cooper, context, criticism, september 16, 2020

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

COVID-19 News and Cooper’s Plan: Some Context and Criticism

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Brenee Goforth.

    With all the differing information swirling around COVID-19, it is always helpful to put that information in context. Our Jon Sanders did just that in his research brief this week. Sanders writes:

  • I don't think people have any idea how very few people in North Carolina on any particular day pose a risk to them, however small, of passing along the virus. The only people who can do it are the ones with active cases. As of Monday, Sept. 14, there were 15,464 active cases, and it was down from 18,288 last week.
  • The population of the entire state of North Carolina is over 10.63 million.
  • What, you heard there were 185,781 cases in North Carolina? Except for government and media tallies, those aren't cases in perpetuity. Most of those cases have recovered — 167,257 presumed recoveries, in fact.

    Members of the John Locke Foundation staff have criticized the unscientific and seemingly discriminatory way the Governor has enforced social distancing in North Carolina. No case serves as a more egregious example than Gov. Cooper and DHHS Sec. Mandy Cohen's guidance for the UNC Kenan Memorial Stadium. Sanders explains:

  • Last week Gov. Cooper and state health Sec. Mandy Cohen, an unelected bureaucrat with no accountability to voters, decided to deprive the parents of college football players of the ability to attend their games last weekend. UNC-Chapel Hill, playing host to Syracuse, was forbidden from having more than 25 people at Kenan Memorial Stadium, a stadium with a capacity of 50,500.
  • To stress the obvious: it's an outdoor stadium. There's no science to this petty, mean order — just the whim of an unchecked autocrat.
  • So the governor would allow only one person for every ___ seats? The answer is 2020. Yep.

    Requiring thousands of seats between spectators is undoubtedly overkill for social distancing and not grounded in science. But, then again, the opening of restaurants but not bars, pre-school classes but not kindergarten classes, and allowing more than 25 people in a Walmart but not a 50,500 person stadium is what many have exhaustedly come to accept from this administration.

    Read Sander's full brief HERE. Read Becki Gray's concerns about Cooper's plan in Carolina Journal HERE.


Latest Op-Ed & Politics

Vice President Mike Pence reportedly called Vice-President Elect Kamala Harris on Thursday to congratulate her on her win.
Many of us are very frustrated with the present political situation in both North Carolina and the Washington, D. C.
Gov. Roy Cooper is again pushing for a multibillion-dollar infrastructure bond, but Republican leaders caution that North Carolina’s still-unsteady economy makes it impossible to tell whether it would be prudent.
Order to release information within 180 days was part of $2.3 trillion COVID-19 relief bill
Clarice Feldman of the American Thinker explores the political calculations linked to President Trump’s second impeachment.
Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the North Carolina Executive Mansion will be illuminated on January 19, 2021, at 5:30 PM in remembrance of the lives lost as in the COVID-19 pandemic.
In her fine opinion piece for the Martin Center, Megan Zogby bemoans the “Quixotic” requirement that North Carolina college and university students take between two and four courses in a language such as Spanish, French, or German.
In this installment, we will discuss the "controversial" Gospel of Judas and how it can be used to decipher cryptic messages made by actors portraying the role of "Judas" in the current political arena..


Frank Main and Fran Spielman write in the Chicago Sun-Times about one consequence of the recent nationwide attack on police.
West Virginia leads the nation in COVID-19 vaccine administration and distribution, even more so than other states that have gained attention for their vaccine rollout strategies, according to federal data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Bill Moore looks at the Democrats call for unity
He denounced the assault on the Capitol. But still the Democrats want his head.
Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich writes at that the Republican Party is not as likely to fracture as its opponents hope.
Newly sworn in Chief Justice Paul Newby is wasting little time in getting North Carolina’s court system back up and running.
I’ve joined many others, including the President of the United States, in being locked out of Twitter for posing a tweet about hydroxychloroquine that I posted time and time again and that Twitter had already found to be in compliance with its rules.
This email came from an unknown source but we like it
He may be giving the cult group too much credit.


From a Birmingham jail, where he was arrested for trying to help blacks exercise their right to vote, MLK wrote: "Remember, everything that Hitler did was legal."
A new national study says that it appears safe to reopen schools for in-person instruction in counties with lower rates of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Attorney General William Barr reportedly warned President Donald Trump that his legal team was lying to him about the election being stolen and that some of their theories were “bulls***.”
We remember Martin Luther King Jr. and his contributions to the Civil Rights movement today.
The N.C. Bar Owners Association, in a news release, says the N.C. ABC has canceled some 120 permits for private bars, without notice.
Beaufort County Commissioners split 3 to 3 on a resolution setting county policy that no major borrowing would be done without a vote of the citizens in a bond referendum.
It can be disheartening to witness how college culture has become inhospitable to viewpoints that fall outside of the ideological mainstream.
Yesterday kicked off the new two-year state legislative session, and many politicos have stars in their eyes at the possibilities inherent with the new beginning.


Back to Top