Governor Cooper Outlines Updates on Winter Storm and State COVID-19 Response | Beaufort County Now | Today, Governor Roy Cooper and Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry outlined impacts and response to today’s winter storm, including weather-related delays to vaccine distribution. | governor, roy cooper, winter storm, coronavirus, covid-19, state response, february 18, 2021, cvd19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Governor Cooper Outlines Updates on Winter Storm and State COVID-19 Response

Press Release:

    RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper and Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry outlined impacts and response to today's winter storm, including weather-related delays to vaccine distribution.

    "Delays in vaccine shipment from the federal government are frustrating to us all, but providers are working to get appointments scheduled and we are pushing to get more vaccine to our state," said Governor Cooper.

    Winter weather across the nation this week has resulted in shipping delays from vaccine manufacturers to health departments and medical providers across the country. NCDHHS is in communication with the CDC and providers to give as much information as possible about when new shipments will arrive so appointments can be rescheduled.

    As of today, North Carolina has administered almost two million doses of vaccine. The state continues to make progress in equity of vaccine distribution. Last week, 23% of doses were administered to black North Carolinians, up from just 13% five weeks ago.

    Effects of today's ice storm were being felt most significantly in northern and western counties. North Carolina utility companies reported nearly 23,000 power outages statewide as of 1:35 pm Thursday. These were largely due to ice accumulation bringing down trees and power lines. Extra utility crews are at work to restore power as quickly as possible.

    On Wednesday, Governor Cooper declared a state of emergency and granted transportation waivers to help speed power restoration. He has also authorized the activation of up to 40 National Guard personnel to assist with fallen tree and debris removal.

    Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry asked residents to refrain from calling 911 to report power outages, and to report those directly to utility companies. He offered a critical safety rule if your power goes out: Do not operate a generator or gas grill inside your home or garage. This can result in a buildup of deadly carbon monoxide fumes.

    The Governor thanked first responders, emergency managers, law enforcement, utility workers and others across the state who are working on storm response.

    "They have worked tirelessly to help get people to safety and already have begun repairing the damage," said Governor Cooper. "I am grateful for their resilience."

    Temperatures will fall below freezing Thursday night and into Friday morning where any lingering moisture will re-freeze, creating hazardous road conditions. Conditions will improve Friday, as temperatures will rise above freezing across North Carolina.

    With periods of moderate to heavy rainfall expected Thursday afternoon and evening, the threat for flash flooding will increase within the eastern half of North Carolina currently under a Flash Flood Watch. River levels will continue to rise, with two locations expected to reach Major Flood Stage — the Tar River at Greenville and the Lumber River at Lumberton.

    Visit HERE for the latest flood information from the state's network of more than 500 river, stream and coastal gauges.


  • Contact: Ford Porter
  •     govpress@nc.gov



HbAD0

Latest Bloodless Warfare: Politics

Governor Roy Cooper today announced the establishment of a COVID-19 vaccination center in North Carolina, in partnership with the federal government.
The North Carolina Senate on Monday failed to override Governor Cooper’s veto of SB37, legislation that would have required districts to provide in-person learning.
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Matthew Leon Peterkin, age 41.
Approximately 18,000 Students to Participate in Career Awareness Programs Across North Carolina
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced two new judicial appointments, one to the North Carolina Superior Court and one to the North Carolina District Court.
Today, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the following bill: Senate Bill 37
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $20,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murders of Tammy Lynette Pearce, Dominique Nicole Privette, Paul Shane Pearce and Selby Gene Outland.
Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Reginald Tyrice Edwards, age 34.

HbAD1

Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of James Calvin Graham, Jr., age 52.
Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: House Bill 4
Though it is well-established and easy to see by the plain language of the statute and the settlement, Bell strongly declared at the end of her testimony that the collusive settlement “did not change the law."
Key indicators used to guide decisions throughout pandemic show state’s trends are moving in the right direction
Last week, a bipartisan coalition of the Republican-led North Carolina General Assembly passed SB37 to safely reopen North Carolina public schools.
The State Board of Elections on Tuesday voted unanimously to wait until June 12 to move members of the Constitution and Green parties to unaffiliated status in order to give the parties time to try to gather enough signatures to regain recognition in North Carolina.
Legislation giving North Carolina families the choice to attend in-person summer learning programs in public schools cleared multiple state House committees on Tuesday
The Republican Party of North Carolina submitted a letter to the North Carolina Board of Elections noting our concern with the proposed rule changes.

HbAD2

 
Back to Top