Source: Stateline 

Amidst the spread of coronavirus in the United States, governors like Roy Cooper have stepped up to the plate.

Governors took measures to protect their states even while the federal government struggled to keep ahead of the unfolding crisis, Stateline reports.

“I do think that the governors moved out more efficiently than the federal government did, particularly the president and the administration,” Bob Griffin, dean of the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity at the State University of New York Albany told Stateline. 

In North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper enacted a state of emergency in early March. That executive order was followed by a number of measures, each tightening restrictions in order to protect public health. Restaurants were converted to take-out or delivery only, public schools were closed and so were salons, barbershops and similar services. More recently, he ordered a statewide stay-at-home order to ensure the spread of coronavirus is slowed so hospitals can adequately respond to the infected. 

“It has given [governors] a greater license to say, ‘We’re going to go ahead and figure this out,’” Asher Hildebrand told Stateline. “Now that the federal government has kicked into action, you are seeing more cooperation like what you see in times of natural disaster.”

Cooper, for example, submitted a request for a disaster declaration from the federal government, which was approved by President Trump. The declaration will unlock federal assistance for recovery efforts in North Carolina as the state combats coronavirus.

Read the full story on governors taking the lead during coronavirus in the Stateline article.