Stories by Mark Jurkowitz | Outer Banks Voice

Cooper signals intent to re-open classrooms

No final decision, but governor pushes in-person learning Though he postponed a decision on how the state’s public school system will operate when it re-opens in August, North Carolina Governor…

Jul 1


Cooper said ‘numbers’ dictated the decision to pause re-opening, require face coverings

On a day when North Carolina announced its second-highest level of new daily COVID-19 cases (1,721) and hospitalizations (906) since the pandemic began, Governor Roy Cooper announced the state was…

Jun 24


Woodard cites rising COVID cases in face mask rule

Two new cases reported today in Dare County Dare County Board of Commissioners Chairman Bob Woodard says there are three primary reasons why officials decided to require the wearing of…

Jun 20


Dare County to require face coverings in public spaces

Reversing a previous decision made only days ago, Dare County announced on the evening of Friday, June 19 that it would require the wearing of face coverings to combat the…

Jun 19


Will the state require face masks in public? 

That issue dominates Cooper’s June 18 briefing At a June 18 press briefing dominated by questions about using face masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Roy Cooper expressed…

Jun 18


Dare County reports 4 new COVID-19 cases

Cooper considering statewide face mask requirement On a day when Governor Roy Cooper said he is considering making the use of face masks mandatory in the state, Dare County recorded…

Jun 15


Dare County won’t require wearing of face masks

In a video released early this afternoon, Dare County Board of Commissioners Chair Bob Woodard announced that the county would not require the wearing of face masks, primarily because of…

Jun 12


Cooper talks of a possible ‘Phase 2.5’ opening

Governor opposed to opening bars and gyms now Update: Multiple media outlets are reporting that Governor Cooper, as expected, vetoed the bill that would have opened North Carolina bars for…

Jun 5


Cooper and RNC at odds over Republican convention

Governor Roy Cooper released a letter today indicating he is at odds with Republican National Committee and Republican National Convention officials over the conditions for holding the party’s convention in…

Jun 2


Dare Board passes $107 million FY 2020-21 budget

Spending plan anticipates millions lost to COVID-19 In the strange setting of a socially distanced Dare County Commissioners meeting, the board on June 1 passed a Fiscal Year 2020-2021 General…

Jun 1


Cooper addresses protests and ‘ugly flames of racism’

National Guard sent to Raleigh and Charlotte As state officials announced the deployment of 450 National Guard troops to Raleigh and Charlotte, Governor Roy Cooper, at a May 31 briefing,…

Jun 1


Cooper announces more “modest” Phase Two opening

Restaurants can re-open, bars stay closed Citing the recent uptick in lab-reported COVID-19 cases in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the state will move into a “Safer-At-Home”…

May 20