SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – A state of emergency was declared Tuesday in both Florida and North Carolina in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
“I know people are worried about this virus and I want to assure you that the state of North Carolina and your public health directors and emergency responders are working hard,” Gov. Roy Cooper said.
As Gov. Ron DeSantis explained, declaring an emergency allows the state to prepare resources, similar to the way agencies plan for events like hurricanes.
It also gives the state budget flexibility and triggers price gouging laws.
As of Tuesday morning, there are seven presumptive positive cases of coronavirus in North Carolina. The CDC lab will confirm if the patients are positive for COVID-19.
In Florida, as of Tuesday morning, there are 19 positive cases of COVID-19. Two residents have died.
Kentucky is the only other southeastern state to have declared a state of emergency in response to the virus.