Sen. Berger Statement on Gov. Cooper’s Announcement

Raleigh, N.C. — Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) released the following statement:

“Gov. Cooper announced his proposal for reopening North Carolina today. My initial thoughts are as follows.

“Unfortunately for the 100 people who called my office today, including the small business owner who called crying, saying the government might as well kill her business now, Gov. Cooper largely extended the current blanket shutdown through at least June 1 with no local flexibility.

“The fact that we now have some detail is welcome progress, though reasonable people will disagree on the merits. Gov. Cooper has extended the statewide restaurant closure through June 1, by which point many of those small businesses will likely be bankrupt.

“The Cooper Administration did provide some details. I’m appreciative of that. For example, they provided more information on PPE stocks and testing capacity. They also made a commitment to be more transparent.

“We continue to await a response from DHHS on details about the models they’ve used to make decisions, and for more data in general. For example, has DHHS revised the modeling they released on April 6? What percentage of those who passed had pre-existing conditions? Which nursing homes face outbreaks? How many people have recovered?

“I hope DHHS will follow today’s presentation with the promised transparency and the additional data that the public deserves to know.

“Collaboration and transparency will yield better results than command-and-control. Hopefully, today marks a transition.”