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Governor Roy Cooper Announces $12 Million For Internet Access; Coronavirus Cases Stabilizing

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Governor Roy Cooper speaking at a press conference on Aug. 19th

  At his Wednesday, August 19th press conference, Governor Roy Cooper announced the metrics the state uses to determine the severity of the coronavirus are stable, and some are even declining. As WHQR reports, he also pledged $12 million dollars to expand Internet services across the state.

Governor Roy Cooper says there are two new programs to support reliable, high-speed Internet statewide: the GREAT Grants program and Covid-19 Recovery Act Funding:

“This money is expected to connect an additional 8,000 families and more than 250 businesses, farms, and community institutions in eleven counties.”       

At the press conference, Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen also announced the state’s number of positive tests for the coronavirus is holding stable at 7 percent. So are hospitalization numbers and PPE supplies. 

“But remember, this progress is fragile and it takes ongoing work following the 3 W’s every day. There is no one and done.”

Dr. Cohen added that with students going back to school and with flu season right around the corner, everyone needs to get their recommended shots:

“Childhood immunizations keep kids safe and protect public health by lowering the likelihood of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease like measles.” 

Dr. Cohen says this goes for all students whether they’re learning in-class or online.


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