By WECT Staff | May 26, 2020 at 11:45 AM EDT – Updated May 26 at 5:09 PM
RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) – Gov. Roy Cooper said state health officials have requested a written plan for how the Republican National Convention will address COVID-19 safety protocols.
On Monday morning, President Donald Trump threatened to pull the RNC out of Charlotte if North Carolina can’t commit to full attendance at the convention.
“I’m not surprised by anything I see on Twitter,” Cooper said during a media briefing Tuesday. “I will say that it’s OK for political conventions to be political but pandemic response cannot be.
“Already we’ve been in talks with the RNC about the kind of convention that they would need to run and the kind of options that we need on the table. We’re talking about something that is going to happen three months from now and we don’t know what our situation is going to be regarding COVID-19 in North Carolina.
“These are the same kind of conversations we’re having with the Carolina Panthers, the Charlotte Hornets, other large arena owners. Everybody wants to get back to action soon. But I think everyone knows that we have to take some steps to make sure people are protected because this virus is still going to be with us in August.”
The state saw its largest single-day increase in positive COVID-19 cases over the Memorial Day weekend.
“As we continue in Safer At Home Phase 2, we need to stay alert,” Cooper said. “Over the weekend we saw our highest one-day increase in positive cases and our highest day of hospitalizations yet. This virus remains a serious threat, and we cannot let our guard down.
“I want to thank everyone who made safe decisions this past holiday weekend. I know it’s hard when annual traditions have to be changed or made virtual. But I encourage everyone to continue taking this virus seriously and follow the 3 Ws.
“By wearing a face covering, washing your hands, waiting 6 feet apart, and following other safety rules, we are saving lives and protecting each other. Let’s keep at it.”
Cooper said Tuesday that North Carolina is slated to receive $3.56 billion from the Coronavirus Relief Fund. He said that his COVID-19 budget proposal recommends $300 million go directly to local governments. The budget includes $150 million for counties.
“We are pleased to announce that by the end of this week, we will have processed payments for 59 counties for a total of $85 million, and we expect more counties to submit requests soon,” Cooper said. “This is crucial for local governments to pay for health officials, telemedicine, PPE and more.
“The quick distribution of this money is thanks to our Office of State Budget & Management and our new North Carolina Pandemic Recovery Office. This new office was created to oversee the distribution of state and federal money in response to COVID-19. This team will offer technical assistance for governments and groups which receive relief funds and oversight for how the money is allocated. And this office will also assist with boosting our state’s strategic economic recovery as we rebuild from this pandemic.”
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