Granting a request filed Tuesday by Gov. Roy Cooper, President Donald Trump approved a major disaster declaration for North Carolina on Wednesday evening.
According to the White House, the declaration makes funding available to state, tribal and eligible local governments affected by COVID-19 pandemic beginning on Jan. 20.
Pete Gaynor, Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security, named Gracia B. Szczech as the Federal Coordinating Officer for Federal recovery operations in the affected areas.
Wake and Durham County both have 84 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 504 have been reported statewide which is an increase of 106 in the past day.
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