08 April 2020 – Guidelines and authority issued for hospitals, social services, child care services

Type of Intervention: Executive Order
Sectors Involved: Health, Social Services, child care
Level of Jurisdiction: NC
Lead People/Agency: Gov. Cooper, directed mainly at Secretary of DHHS

Overview: Gives DHHS secretary the authority to waive legal and regulatory constraints limiting hospital capacity and create emergency guidelines, directive towards social services, makes child care facilities available to essential workers, gives power to general assembly and occupational boards to waive legal and regulatory constraints on health care workers, provides immunity from liability for emergency workers, other health care matters
Full details here: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO130-Meeting-North-Carolinas-Health-and-Human-Services-Needs.pdf

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: Researchers in the state
Evidence/Justification: “Composite modeling forecast, constructed by experts from NC universities and research organizations, estimates that by the end of May 2020, approx. 250,000 North Carolinians will be infected,” and “statistical modeling by experts within and outside NC predicts a significant risk that NC will not have a sufficient number of hospital beds”