Gov. Roy Cooper signs executive order to allow furloughed employees unemployment benefits

Posted at 2:34 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 14:34:25-04

Governor Roy Cooper held a press conference Tuesday to update North Carolina as the state's coronavirus cases and death toll rises.

In response to many employees being furlough, Governor Cooper has signed an executive order to help employees who have been laid-off because of the pandemic.

The governor says that before the executive order, furloughed employees were not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Furloughed employees now qualify for unemployment compensation, the governor says.

According to Governor Cooper, North Carolina has given approximately $580 million to people who have filed unemployment claims since the beginning of the pandemic.

The state now has 187 more cases and has 6,951. There are also 34 more deaths and North Carolina has now seen 213 coronavirus-related deaths as of Tuesday morning.

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