Governor Roy Cooper holds virtual town hall amid COVID-19, RNC debate


RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — Governor Roy Cooper addressed the recent spike in coronavirus cases over Memorial Day weekend in a virtual town hall Tuesday night, which attracted hundreds of viewers across the state.

The questions the governor addressed covered a range of topics, but most had to do with the current COVID-19 pandemic and the state’s plan going forward.

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“If we continue to see a rise and if our medical system would look like it would begin to be overrun, then we might even have to go back in our process,” Cooper said.

One person asked if the governor would extend unemployment benefits past the 12 week limit.

“I want to extend that limit,” Cooper said. “Clearly we’re not going to be out of this economic turmoil in 12 weeks. The General Assembly though has to change that law.”

Another asked if there was a timeline for when wedding venues can open.

“We want things to get back to normal as soon as possible, but we’re going to let the science and the data drive our health decision-making,” he said.

More than 600 people tuned in to the hour-long town hall and asked Gov. Cooper a total of 858 questions. He got around to answering about 15.

While the event was seemingly geared toward supporters of the governor, at least one critic had his question answered.

“Getting a lot of questions coming up,” Cooper said. “Robert Martin from Greenville, North Carolina: ‘Why are you a tyrant?’ It’s important to know that we’re all in this together. I do recognize that this is an emotional situation, but I’m going to keep doing the best I can and doing the job that people elected me to do.”

The governor did not address any questions about why bars, gyms and other businesses are not yet allowed to reopen.