Gov. Roy Cooper issues statewide ‘stay at home’ order

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RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper announced a statewide order for North Carolina residents to stay home at 4 PM today in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The executive order will take effect on Monday, March 30 at 5 PM and will remain in place for 30 days.

Gov. Cooper and members of the coronavirus task force made the announcement at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh. According to the order, essential services can continue and directs businesses to use strong social distancing policies.

“To continue our aggressive battle against COVID-19, I have signed a stay at home order for the entire state of North Carolina. Though it is difficult we must do this to slow the disease spread,” said Cooper. “We need our medical system to be able to care for the friends and family we know will become seriously ill from the virus.”

The latest numbers as of today from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have indicated that 95% of COVID-19 tests have come back negative. This accounts for the state lab as well as data from private labs in the state. To read more click here

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Lt. Governor Forest Questions Validity of Restaurant Ban

Raleigh, N.C. – Earlier today Governor Cooper announced, via a press release, that all North Carolina restaurants and bars must close in-restaurant seating by 5pm this evening. His mandate will devastate our economy, shutter many small businesses, and leave many people unemployed, especially in the rural areas of our state where food supply is already critical.

After the press release, and shortly before a scheduled press conference, I, along with other Council of State members, was asked to concur with the Governor’s decision with no discussion. The Governor held his press conference and made the announcement even after a majority of the Council of State voted not to concur with the Governor. Thus, he does not have the authority to issue this part of his executive order.

While I understand that all actions in a time of crisis are very difficult decisions and have many consequences, some decisions are so serious they require, by law, discussion with, and approval of, other state leaders.

In Person” Convention Cancelled

Due to the Corona virus crisis, resulting in the National Emergency declared by President Trump, the State of Emergency declared by NC Governor Cooper, and advice from the NC State GOP and 11th District Chairs, the Executive Committee of the Buncombe County Republican Party County Convention has canceled the County Convention previously announced for March 21 2020, at AB Tech. However, since the only official purpose of the Convention was to adopt the BCGOP Plan of Organization and to elect delegates to the 11th District and State GOP Conventions  new “Convention Rules” for the election of these delegates have been adopted, in accordance with a Directive issued by State GOP Chairman Michael Whatley on March 12, 2020.  Following the recommendations of that Directive, the new Convention Rules adopted for selection of delegates will be as follows:
1.  We are hereby notifying our GOP voters there will be NO “physical” Buncombe County GOP Convention this year.
2.  Delegates will be selected by mail or email i.e.:  If you wish to be considered as a delegate to  the 11th District and/or State GOP convention (name as listed with the Board of Elections –no nicknames) as a potential delegate for one or both Conventions (indicate which Convention by one of the following methods):

  • Send an email to Buncombe County GOP to Loretta Reynolds, Secretary at
  • Send a postcard or brief letter via US Mail to: Buncombe County GOP, PO Box 9834, Asheville, NC  28815; or,
  • Drop-off a card or written note at the Buncombe County GOP Headquarters at 18G Regent Park Blvd., Asheville, NC 28806. (Please call 828-253-5800 first to make sure the office is open.  Usual business hours are 12 noon to 5:30 pm Monday through Friday.  Due to the corona virus hours may change!)

Again, we need your full name, your mailing and physical address, your email address, and your phone number.
Whether you want to be a delegate for the District Convention?
Whether you want to be a delegate for the State Convention?
Whether you approve of the NCGOP Plan of Organization? (on the BCGOP WEBSITE:
Whether you approve of the BCGOP Plan of Organization? (on the BCGOP WEBSITE:
Further, due to reporting deadlines, all nominations must be received by March 26, 2020, to be considered.

4.  The Executive Committee will meet as soon as possible after March 26th to consider and vote upon delegates from the names submitted, as our delegate lists must be submitted to the District and State GOP by March 29th.  Those selected will be notified via the contact information provided, and/or by follow-up email to the GOP membership.

The Executive Committee regrets that it is not advisable to meet in person, but the current health situation appears to be serious, at least in certain areas, and we have received reports that many of our members (a number of which are in the “higher risk” category) had indicated a reluctance to attend in light of the Corona virus fears.
Hopefully, we will be able to hold our normal meetings once again in the near future, but we will keep you updated as best we can.

Thank you,

Jerry Green, Chair
Buncombe County GOP

John Locke Foundation’s Senior Vice President, Becki Gray, will be in the Asheville at 18 G RegentPark (near Sam’s Club)

At 2:30 Sunday, April5. She is an excellent and fact-based non-partisan speaker on our state government and legislature- subjects most of us know little about!

In addition to providing research to North Carolina state and local officials, Gray is a sought-after commentator on television and radio, and she writes for the Carolina Journal. She directs the foundation’s Education project and the NC Capitol Leadersprogram. WNC is fortunate to have such a valuable resource from a Raleighthink tank!

Please join us April 5 for this free presentation/discussion.