Vidant CEO calls for ‘shelter in place’ rule in NC

By on March 22, 2020

Dr. Michael Waldrum, the CEO of Vidant Health, and Dr. Mark Stacy, the dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

In an op-ed released today, Dr. Michael Waldrum, the CEO of Vidant Health, and Dr. Mark Stacy, the dean of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, call for local and state officials to “take more decisive action” to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. That includes, as has been done is some other states and communities, issuing a “shelter in place” order in North Carolina.

While the state has developed a number of restrictions, closing restaurants and bars, closing schools, and recommending against gatherings of more than 50 people, it has not yet issued a shelter in place order.

At a March 20 briefing, state officials said there were no plans at that time to impose such a restriction.

In their op-ed, Waldrum and Stacy write that, “We are calling on local officials throughout eastern North Carolina and the state to take more decisive action in response to this crisis to include making the bold and right decision to ask North Carolinians to shelter in place. This means staying close to home as much as possible and only going out if absolutely necessary, such as buying groceries or picking up medications.”

“This is the right thing to do to save lives and is the right thing for our long-term economic interests,” they added. “Community members must encourage the political bodies to be decisive, take action now and then support them.”

“We can’t stop this wave from hitting us,” the authors wrote, referring to COVID-19. “However, we can lessen its impact here and now in eastern North Carolina. The question is whether we will take the necessary actions to reduce the spread of the virus.”


  • Marc Jung

    I think that if someone who owns a property here and can prove it they should be able to use it seeing they can’t rent it. Also agaianst shelter in place. I have a friend in FL he told me its just a pain

    Monday, Mar 23 @ 6:58 am
  • Bud

    Better too late than never.

    Monday, Mar 23 @ 7:09 am
  • Ryan Scarborough

    Only way county’s argument for ban makes sense is to prohibit residents from leaving island and not allowing their reentry. If they work or visit on mainland, then return, will introduce virus into community. Strange standards.

    Monday, Mar 23 @ 8:15 am
  • AP

    Agreed! Let’s listen to the people and professionals that will be on the front lines of care.
    Thank you for standing up and speaking out.

    Monday, Mar 23 @ 8:20 am
  • Grant

    Great article about good potential treatment for the virus, our bureaucracy keeps getting in the way…

    Monday, Mar 23 @ 9:18 am
  • Lemonshirt

    might as well let TV preachers sell their “cures” too. Who needs science anyway?

    Monday, Mar 23 @ 3:51 pm