Please find our latest update on the COVID-19 situation below, including our dedicated Resources section with information on everything from testing to mutual aid.
Keep washing those hands!
http://www.votekellyalexander.com/CASE COUNT: Another surge in cases in Mecklenburg CountyAs of 9PM on Saturday, March 21st:Statewide: 272 casesMecklenburg County: 77 casesUnion: 5 casesCabarrus: 6 casesRowan: 2 casesIredell: 2 casesCawtaba: 1 caseLincoln: 1 caseGaston: 1 case
THE LATEST: Saturday’s virtual town hall link, call to action to increase PPE distribution
Virtual Town Hall
Thelma Byers-Bailey and I hosted a town hall at noon in which we shared information on everything from how to protect yourself from the virus to updates on the situation with CMS.
Watch the town hall online now
Please share with anyone whom you think will benefit!
A few important pieces of information about school meals and distance learning:— starting Monday, buses will begin delivering meals to students in the north of the district, where there are fewer meal distribution sites
— 66% of CMS schools report having distributed 90% of their online learning devices to students who need them
— letters to parents explaining all new procedures were mailed out this week
— Community in Schools (CIS) is conducting emergency needs assessments for students who need them
— on Friday, CIS delivered 800+ meals to over 400+ homeless students currently staying in 26 area hotels and motels
— requests are being made to waive the number of hours required to complete the school year and to waive grade testing
— volunteers are needed to support school staff at meal distribution sites
Call to Action: Petition Congress to Increase PPE Distribution to Healthcare Workers
If you have time, please take a minute or two to sign this petition created by the American Nurses Association (ANA) to urge Congress to increase PPE (personal protective equipment) production and to prioritize its distribution to healthcare workers. Sign the petition online now
COVID-19 RESOURCESCOVID-19 Health Information
NC DHHS COVID-19 Hotlines: 211 OR 888-892-1162. Text 898211 to receive latest updates.
**If you have the most common symptoms associated with COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, sore throat, shortness of breath), call your doctor’s office or the hotline above. DO NOT GO ANYWHERE FIRST, including a drive-thru testing center.**
NC DHHS COVID-19 Information: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina
Mecklenburg County COVID-19 Information: https://www.mecknc.gov/news/Pages/Update-on-Novel-Coronavirus.aspx
NC Unemployment Information
DES COVID-19 Unemployment FAQs for Employers and Workers: https://des.nc.gov/need-help/covid-19-information
DEC Unemployment Assistance Application: https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Info
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) COVID-19 Information: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/csh/covid-19/Pages/default.aspx
CMS Meal Distribution Information for Kids 18 and Younger: https://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/csh/covid-19/Pages/Meal-Distribution-Information.aspx
Food & Drink
The Observer is keeping a running list of all restaurants and bars providing curbside pickup or delivery: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/charlottefive/c5-food-drink/article241226321.html
**The Hearts Beat as One Foundation is teaming up with Johnny Fly to offer free meals for food service workers who have been laid off or have had their hours reduced. Meals served M-F from 1:30-2:30PM. PLEASE DO NOT GO IF YOU ARE UNWELL, and please maintain social distancing while eating.**
Many food banks and rescue missions have picked up their relief efforts. The Observer has made available the following list: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article241261776.html. While the article itself asks for volunteers and donations, it also provides a good list of food banks and missions that are open and helping.
The Observer has the following list of what institutions are still open in Mecklenburg County: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article241298776.html
Amazon, Wal-Mart, and grocery stores are hiring to help fulfill the increase in online and grocery shopping. Here is a list of companies who are hiring: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article241332846.html.
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