As the nation enters a new stage in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic, leaders at the state level are taking the lead on protecting their states and citizens.

“Americans have learned they can’t really count on Washington to deal with this crisis for them,” Wall Street Journal Washington editor Gerald Seib writes. “Simply put, governors have been the most effective political leaders in dealing with coronavirus.” 

As leaders at the state level have taken decisive actions, Americans have taken note. According to a recent poll cited in the article, 75% of respondents said they had confidence in their state government to handle the crisis. That outpaces their confidence levels for the president.

Weeks ago, Governor Cooper assembled a coronavirus task force, charged with monitoring the spread of the virus and planning how to coordinate a response. That early work set the pace for a coordinated and deliberate response.

This past weekend, as the number of cases in North Carolina began to rise, Governor Cooper issued an executive order closing schools for at least two weeks and barring gatherings of more than 100 people. He also formed working groups with officials from across various departments to ensure the state has solutions for child care while the state adjusts to a new way of work and life.

“Hindsight is 2020,” Cooper said at the press conference. “I don’t want any regrets in our rear-view mirror when this pandemic subsides.” 

Read more about state-level efforts to combat coronavirus in the Wall Street Journal. View the full press conference stream here.