Eight Eastern N.C. counties ask Gov. Cooper to reopen

A bipartisan group of elected officials in eastern North Carolina have asked Gov. Roy Cooper for the ability to reopen their economies, saying the data shows they can do so safely.

The chairs of the county commissioners in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Jones, Lenoir, Onslow, Pamlico and Wayne counties all agreed the current statewide stay-at-home order doesn’t make sense.

“Our rural geography and low population density should not be lumped together with much larger urban counties that face very different challenges,” their letter said. “We all agree that the most recent data clearly reflects that the curve in Central Eastern North Carolina has flattened and that our timing for reopening should be much sooner than other parts of North Carolina.”

Read the full story in The News & Observer here: Some say reopening NC shouldn’t be one-size-fits-all. These counties want to go first.