March 17, 2020Thank you for your continued interest in state government. I hope you will contact me if I can be of help. Keep in touch,*Please remember that you can listen to each day’s session, committee meetings and press conferences on the General Assembly’s website at www.ncleg.gov Once on the site, select “Audio,” and then make your selection – House Chamber, Senate Chamber, Appropriations Committee Room or Press Conference Room.
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March 10, 2020: Governor Cooper declared a state of emergency for North Carolina; Executive Order No. 116 can be read here.
March 14, 2020: Governor Cooper closes schools March 16 through March 30, 2020 and bans gatherings of 100 people or more. Exectuve Order No. 117 can be read here.
March 17, 2020: Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina restaurants and bars will be closed to sit-down service and limited to take-out or delivery orders starting at 5 pm tonight, March 17, 2020.
Grocery stores, gas stations, and convenience stores, are exempt from this order and will remain open, though they may not serve sit-down food.
Changes in Accessing Unemployment Benefits:Additionally, the order lifts some restrictions on unemployment benefits to help workers unemployed due to Covid-19 and those who are employed but will not receive a paycheck. Additionally, it adds benefit eligibility for those out of work because they have the virus or must care for someone who is sick.
“We did not come to this decision easily. But North Carolina must keep fighting this pandemic with the right weapons,” said Governor Cooper. “During this time of uncertainty, I will keep working to protect the health and safety of North Carolinians and keep our state’s economy afloat.”
This Order will directly aid workers who may have lost wages in restaurants and meeting places due to mass gathering restrictions. For example, workers who lose income due to tips or scheduled work hours, but are still employed, would be eligible for benefits because of this Executive Order. Among other changes:It removes the one-week waiting period to apply for unemployment payment for those workers who lose their jobs;It removes the requirement that a person must be actively looking for another job during this time when many potential employers are closed and social distancing guidelines are in effect. It allows employees who lose their jobs or, in certain cases have their hours reduced due to COVID-19 to apply for unemployment benefits.It directs that employers will not be held responsible for benefits paid as a direct result of these COVID-19 claims. It waives the requirement that people must apply for benefits in person; workers can apply for benefits online or by phone.
Executive Order No. 118 can be read in its entirety here.
Buncombe County updates:
From Buncombe Fire Departments: All Buncombe County Fire Departments have implemented limited public access to all facilities. Please dial 911 for any emergencies and conduct any business by phone or email. No station tours will be given until further notice. Please respect social distancing guidelines when Fire and EMS crews are seen in public.
Effective March 18, Buncombe County will modify services until further notice to protect our citizens and staff and minimize opportunities to spread COVID-19 in our community. All nonessential, public-facing functions are closed at this time. Since this is a rapidly evolving situation, we will reevaluate these changes as more information becomes available and provide more detailed information here.
Essential operations including Emergency Services, Public Health and Health and Human Services mandated services, Sheriff’s Office, Solid Waste, and Transportation to continue.
The Following Utilities and Services will NOT disconnect their services due to non-payment while our community responds to COVID-19. No action is needed by customers to make sure services are not cut off. ● Utilities ○ City of Asheville – Water and Trash Collection ○ Duke Energy/Progress Energy ○ PSNC/Dominion Energy
Community Resources for Financial Needs, Food Assistance, & Other Needs:Local officials are working to provide access to address any community needs and have put together a PDF with instructions for access to resources and answers to many questions you may have. For food assistance, general and emergency assistance, healthcare assistance, directions for applying for unemployment assistance and more please visit: https://www.buncombecounty.org/common/publicRelations/Buncombe%20County%20Economic%20and%20Community%20Services%20Resource%20List.pdf
Drive-thru testing sites: To serve all members of our community, Buncombe County Health and Human Services will begin operating two drive through COVID-19 testing on Wednesday, March 18 from 2-6 p.m. These sites will continue to operate throughout the week and the public can find operational times at www.buncombecounty.org/bcready.
We will be operating this drive through clinic as long as tests are available and ask that community members be patient throughout the screening and testing process. The testing site is staffed by medical providers from BCHHS. Testing is available to all members of our community, regardless of their income or ability to pay.
This COVID-19 drive-thru testing is specifically available for community members who:Have a fever combined with either a cough or shortness of breath.Have contact with someone with known COVID-19 and are experiencing any of the symptoms: fever, cough or shortness of breath.
Drive to one of the following locations:Biltmore Church at 35 Clayton Road, Arden, North Carolina 28704UNC Asheville Campus, parking lot P28 on University Heights off of W.T. Weaver Boulevard
To follow Mission Hospital COVID-19 updates: click here. To follow North Carolina Healthcare Association updates: click here.CDC updates: click here.NC Dept. of Health and Human Services updates – includes daily updates on positive COVID-19 test results in North Carolina: click here.
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