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COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

What's included in governor's new coronavirus executive order?

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As of Monday, March 23, 2020, Wilson, North Carolina has five confirmed cases of COVID-19.

It is vitally important to practice all preventive precautions to limit the number of people who contract this virus.

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

• Spas

• 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.

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

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.

https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment

If you don’t have access to a computer or internet, you can call using the number listed below.

1-888-737-0259 

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Parents, Wilson County Schools and The SPOT will be providing meals during the time the children are out of school.

The following links will give information

www.wilsonschoolsnc.net/apps/news/article/1179550

http://www.thewilsonspot.org/covid-19-resources/

WHAT TO DO IF YOU START HAVING SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

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:

252-237-3141

252-399-8040 

(hospital has a doctor-manned call center)

NON-EMERGENCY

If anyone has a non-emergency issue after hours, use the Wilson Fix-It program. If you have a smartphone, download the Wilson Fix-It App or use the following link to make a report.

https://iframe.publicstuff.com/#?client_id=1000026

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 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

https://www.wilsonnc.org/

City of Wilson Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/WilsonNC/

Wilson County Website

https://www.wilson-co.com/

County of Wilson Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wilsoncountygov/

Wilson Times

www.wilsontimes.com

Wilson Times Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wilsontimes

Centers For Disease Control

https://www.cdc.gov/

North Carolina Department Health and Human Services

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/

PRAYER FOR OUR CITY

Thank you, Pastor Daylon Mooneyham of Farmington Heights Church, for leading our city in prayer Monday 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 a.m. when we go live for our next Prayer for our City.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 41:10.

Carlton Stevens is mayor of Wilson. This COVID-19 community update is adapted from a daily update posted to the mayor’s Facebook page.


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