Gov. Cooper calls pandemic a ‘war,’ NC’s death toll at 19

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RALEIGH, NC (WSPA) – North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, along with members of the Coronavirus Task Force held a briefing on COVID-19 Friday afternoon.

During the news conference, officials confirmed a total of 2093 cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 19 deaths.

Cooper addressed his stay at home order Friday, and urged people to follow it.

“I know it’s tempting to get away from all this and gather with friends and extended family, especially when Friday means the end of the week. Don’t,” he said. “Even though we don’t have medicines to stop the virus, we do have something that can — people. Stopping the spread is in our control.”

Cooper said he also encouraging manufacturers from across the state to shift their production lines to create masks, gloves, gowns and other needed materials.

“This pandemic is a war and we need the armor to fight it,” he said.

During the new conference, Cooper also addressed unemployment claims.

“I know that it’s been a struggle to file claims and to get questions answered on the phone,” Cooper said. “I’ve heard it from people personally. Every claim represents a family on the edge. Every claim is crucial and I will continue pushing until this is fixed and the process works more smoothly.”

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