Governor Roy Cooper signs order demanding public schools be closed through May 15

Emily Broyles, Reporter

Students and teachers will not see classrooms for roughly another two months, as North Carolina public schools will stay closed through May 15 because of the new coronavirus. 

 On March 14, Gov. Roy Cooper demanded all K-12 public schools close until at least March 30 because of the global pandemic. However, Cooper announced a new executive order Monday continuing closures through May 15. 

Cooper also ordered salons, gyms and theaters to close by Wednesday and banned gatherings of more than 50 people.

The increase in closures comes with a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, now standing at  297

COVID-19 Signs & Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

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  • Weakened immune systems

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