Rep. Carla Cunningham's Informative Coronavirus Update

By Carla Cunningham

March 21, 2020 10:27PM
Carla Cunningham
Carla Cunningham

Dear Constituents,

The well-being of you is paramount to me and at the top of my agenda. With 33 positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported and with more expected in North Carolina and in response to Gov. Roy Cooper's state of emergency and the guidance of NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, we are taking precautionary action and monitoring federal and state guidance on how to minimize exposure to and spread of the virus on a daily basis.

I personally encourage each person to promote and practice daily preventive actions and practice good personal health habits to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:

•Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

•Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

•Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

•Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

•Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily.

Continue to stay informed by referencing the following sites for updates on the Coronavirus (COVID-19):

•The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for more preventive actions

•NCDHHS website for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response in North Carolina.

•World Health Organization (WHO) website for Coronavirus updates and other works worldwide to promote health, keep the world safe, and serve the vulnerable.

Effective immediately, North Carolina has a part-time legislature and it is not in session right now. We are scheduled to return to session on April 28, but Governor Cooper can call us back into a special session on short notice if action or appropriations are needed to fight the coronavirus.

What typically happens when the legislature is not in session are interim committee meetings. These committees meet to hear progress reports on what is going on with key issues or to tackle issues that are complex and require more time and attention than what may be available during legislative session times.

Because of the coronavirus, all interim committee meetings have been suspended. School tours of the legislative building have been cancelled and legislative employees will be working remotely from home.

Please know that my legislative assistant Sherrie Burnette and I continue to work on constituent case work and to prepare for the April 28 session. We can be easily reached at: and:, if you have questions or concerns.

Thank you for your support; we are an incredibly strong and collaborative community and state, and we will get through this together. I wish you all good health and peace at this time.

Kind regards,

Rep. Carla D. Cunningham

Rep. Carla Cunningham’s House Committee Assignments 2019-2020 Session are:

Appropriations: Appropriations Health and Human Services, Commerce: Energy and Public Utilities

Health: House Select Committee on School Safety and Wildlife Resources

Non-Standing Committee: Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services

Appointments by North Carolina House of Representative Speaker Tim Moore: Minority Health Advisory Council, North Carolina Council for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and North Carolina Institute of Medicine Legislative Health Policy Fellows Program