North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper on Saturday ordered all schools in the state to close for at least two weeks, joining other states around the country switching to online learning as the coronavirus spreads. Cooper said he is also issuing an executive order banning all gatherings of more than 100 people. Cooper had already strongly discouraged large gatherings, but said several venues continued their events. The governor's order makes it mandatory. North Carolina joins more than half a dozen other states in ordering statewide school closures including Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Illinois and Washington state as officials try to slow the spread of coronavirus.