RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Roy Cooper has declared an emergency in North Carolina from the coronavirus and his administration urged older people and medically fragile residents to avoid large gatherings.

Cooper’s declaration announced Tuesday gives state government broader powers and monetary flexibility. His statewide health recommendations are for people 65 and over and those with underlying medical issues. 

He also urged employers in Wake County to maximize technology so employees can work at home. Six of the seven positive COVID-19 cases in North Carolina are from Wake County residents. Cooper acknowledged the recommendations could lead to inconvenience and loss of income but says they are based on the best medical advice.

Photo: Gov. Cooper is being briefed by the Coronavirus Task Force. (Photo via Gov. Cooper’s Facebook page)

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