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Wilson County has confirmed its sixth positive case of COVID-19. The majority of tests continue to return negative. Three patients have now recovered.
Wilson County Health Department staff continue working closely with the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. Please be reminded to: stay home if you are sick, wash hands frequently, avoid crowds, distance yourself from others and clean surfaces frequently.
COVID preventive guidelines: https://bit.ly/2QHMgv9.
NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER
Gov. Roy Cooper has issued a new executive order that goes into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.
Mass gatherings of more than 50 people are prohibited.
The following entertainment facilities are ordered to close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, though any retail or dining component may operate within that establishment solely for that purpose.
• Bingo Parlors
• Bowling Alleys
• Ice Skating Rinks
• Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, and martial arts facilities)
• Health Clubs
• Indoor Pools
• Live Performance Venues
• Movie Theaters
• Roller skating Rinks
• Sweepstakes Lounges
• Video game arcades
Personal care and grooming businesses, including but not limited to the following, are also ordered to close:
• Barber Shops
• Beauty Salons
• Hair Salons
• Manicure/Pedicure Providers
• Massage Parlors
• Nail Salons
• Tattoo Parlors
Appropriate local governmental agencies are directed to continue to exercise their responsibilities, including but not limited to local county Department of Social Services offices, Registers of Deeds and other local government functions that are required to protect people.
1. Long term care facilities shall restrict visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel, except for certain compassionate care situations, for example, an end-of-life situation. For purposes of this Executive Order only, long term care facilities include all the following:
• Skilled nursing facilities;
• Adult care homes;
• Family care homes;
• Mental health group homes; and
• Intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities
Public school closures are extended until at least May 15, 2020.
The order will be effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020.
MESSAGE FROM WILSON COUNTY SCHOOLS
As many of you are aware, Governor Cooper announced today that schools will remain closed through May 15. We want to assure you that during this time, Wilson County Schools will continue to provide meals for children ages 1-18 at sites across the county.
For a list of the food sites, please refer to our district website, wilsonschoolsnc.net, social media sites or call your child’s school. We want to thank everyone who has made this process successful. Last week, we served approximately 6,700 breakfast meals and 6,700 lunch meals.
The following links will give information pertaining to the meals that are being prepared for our students: www.wilsonschoolsnc.net/apps/news/article/1179550.
We are also working on instructional opportunities for students that we should have available by next week. The expectation from the state was for us to use the rest of this week to plan instruction. We will share more details in the next few days. In the meantime, we do have instructional resources online. Parents can visit wilsonschoolsnc.net and click on the COVID-19 tab at the top and search for Instructional Resources for Parents. We want our school families to know that we are here for you, and we will get through this together. Please continue to take care of yourself and others during this time.
OTHER COMMUNITY SUPPORT
The SPOT located at 910 Tarboro St., Wilson, is still providing meals during this time.
The following link will give information: http://www.thewilsonspot.org/covid-19-resources/
IF YOU’RE FEELING SICK
Call ahead: If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients.
If you are sick, you should wear a face mask when you are around other people and before you enter a health care provider’s office.
If you start feeling as though you have symptoms of COVID-19, call your doctor.
If you cannot reach your doctor, use one of the following numbers:
252-399-8040 (hospital has a doctor-manned call center)
If you have been laid off or suffered a financial loss due to loss of hours because of the coronavirus, you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits.
The fastest way to apply is to use the online method. Below is the link that will navigate you to begin the process.
The best time to apply is later in the evening due to the number of people applying.
If you don’t have access to a computer or internet, you can call 1-888-737-0259.
If anyone has a non-emergency issue after hours, use the Wilson Fix-It program. If you have a smart phone, download the Wilson Fix-It App or use the following link to make a report.
ACCURATE AND VERIFIABLE INFORMATION
For up-to-date and verifiable information as it relates to COVID-19, please click one of the links below. It is updated daily with accurate information as it pertains to COVID-19 and our city.
Do not rely on information that may be found on social media, messages you may get in your inbox or word of mouth. Our city government, county government, Wilson Times, health department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are reliable and verifiable sources of information. There is a link to each entity below.
City of Wilson Website:
City of Wilson Facebook
Wilson County Website:
County of Wilson Facebook
Wilson Times Facebook
Center For Disease Control
North Carolina Department Health and Human Services
PRAYER FOR OUR CITY
Thank you, Bishop M.K. Smith, Pastor of Christ Temple of Praise, for leading our city in prayer Tuesday morning.
If you were not able to see the prayer, it can be seen on Channel 8 Greenlight and Spectrum. It can also be seen on my Facebook page.
Please join us tomorrow morning at 9:15 am when we go live for our next Prayer for our City.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” — John 14:27.
Carlton Stevens is mayor of Wilson. This COVID-19 community update is adapted from a daily update posted to the mayor’s Facebook page.