Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in response to five new cases of presumed COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, in Wake County. There are now seven total presumed cases in North Carolina.
The University announced on March 4 that it was restricting University-affiliated travel within the U.S. to locations where a state of emergency had been declared related to COVID-19 and coronavirus and discouraged personal travel to those areas.
Cooper held a press conference on Tuesday discussing his decision.
"The main purpose of declaring a state of emergency is increased flexibility to respond and prevent as well as to allocate funds where needed," Cooper said.
Cooper said the state was in the process of getting more supplies to test for COVID-19.