Pender County meeting cancelations and/or postponements

BURGAW – In accordance with Governor Cooper’s Executive Order #021, and to ensure public engagement and participation is available to conduct county business, the following meetings have been canceled. Agenda items will be rescheduled for meetings to be held in the future:

• April 2 – the meeting of the Board of Equalization and Review (BOER) has been canceled.
• Planning Board – April 7 – Cancelled, case will roll over to next meeting;
• Board of Adjustment – April 15 – Cancelled, no hearings were scheduled;
• Tourism Development Authority – April 16 – Cancelled. Next meeting is May 23.
• All NC Cooperative Extension face to face meetings are cancelled as well. We will conduct any scheduled meetings or classes via Zoom webcast.

Events
• The Parks Foundation of Pender County Golf Outing scheduled for May 1, has been postponed till the fall. TBD.

Pender County issues State of Emergency declaration

PENDER COUNTY – With the spread of COVID-19 in Southeastern North Carolina, Pender County authorities declared a state of emergency effective Monday, March 30, beginning at 5 p.m.

“Pender County has carefully monitored the Coronavirus,” said George Brown, Pender County chairman of the board of county commissioners. “We are coordinating our efforts through our capable county health director, Carolyn Moser, and Carson Smith, our interim emergency manager.”

Brown signed a Pender County State of Emergency late Monday, following his statements made by video. The video is available for viewing on the Pender County website, www.pendercountync.gov and on the county’s Facebook pages.

Starting today, the Pender County State of Emergency declaration will closely adhere to Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 121, which mandates a Stay at Home policy through April.

“The Stay at Home order is vital to mitigating the spread of COVID-19,” said Carolyn Moser, Pender County director of health and human services.

All Pender County offices will remain open. Essential government work is being accomplished.

“The health department and human services are open and prepared to serve our citizens,” said Moser. “Our hours are 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.”

“Pender County Emergency Management continues to monitor the situation and we support the health department during the pandemic,” said Carson Smith, interim emergency manager. “We urge everyone to follow the Stay at Home emergency declaration and Executive Order 121.”

For assistance call Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230 or the EM office at 910- 259-1210.

Click here to read the State of Emergency.

 

March 30 Situation Report and Update from the County Health Director

 

Click here for today’s situation report:

Sit Report 19_03302020

 

Here is the update from Pender County Health Director Carolyn Moser:

Health Department Update

• The health department has been working closely with county leadership, other county departments, and health care providers to try to minimize the impact of the coronavirus, COVID-19, in our county. At the present time, there are no cases in Pender County. As counties surrounding us are reporting cases, it is only a matter of time that we will begin to see positive test results.

• The health department and Pender County medical providers have tested 76 patients, of which 53 tests have been negative and 23 tests are pending results. Positive test results for any Pender County resident must be reported to the health department according to the NC General Statutes.

• We are asking county residents to partner with us to limit the spread of COVID-19 by following the Governor’s Executive Order and maintaining social distancing of at least 6 feet.

• Health department staff are constantly receiving updates from the N.C Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC. As guidance changes, we immediately push the information out to our health care providers.

• According to the CDC, most people who get the COVID-19 will recover without medical care. Anyone who thinks they may have the virus and if they have mild symptoms should isolate themselves at home, separate themselves from others in the home as much as possible and call their medical provider for advice. Mild symptoms are fever and cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

• You may stop self-isolation when it has been at least 7 days since your first symptoms, your symptoms have improved, and you are fever free for 72 hours (3 days) without fever reducing medication.

• We strongly urge residents who are at a higher risk of getting sick to call their medical provider if they develop a fever or cough. High risk individuals include those: 65 years of age and older; have a high-risk condition such as heart or lung disease; moderate to severe asthma; diabetes; severe obesity; a compromised immune system; and women who are pregnant.

 I’m sure you hear this often:
-Practice good hygiene, wash your hands often for 20 seconds at a time using soap and water;
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick;
-Stay home if you are sick;
-Clean and disinfect spaces frequently;
-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use your elbow;
-Avoid touching your face

• Staff is spending much time on rumor control. Factual information can be found at the following:
Pender County website www.pendercountync.gov;
the NC DHHS website, www.ncdhhs.gov;
the CDC website, www.cdc.gov
And you may always call the health department with questions or concerns at 910-259-1230

Carolyn Moser, BSN, MPA
Health and Human Services Director

Even COVID-19 doesn’t alter trash sites

While Pender County continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will carry on business as usual at our transfer station and convenience sites. Here is the info:

No changes in business hours for Trash and Recycling convenience sites.

SW stickers must be attached to the windshield. Stickers are only issued to Pender County residents living in the unincorporated areas of the county.

For Construction disposal – Once a day small loads under 200 lb. can be disposed of by residents into a construction bin at Rocky Point, Atkinson, Burgaw, and Willard sites (examples- Couches, mattresses, box springs, other furniture and a small load of construction debris under 200 lbs.)

ATKINSON
5128 Point Caswell Rd
Atkinson, NC 28421
Tues., Thurs. and Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

BURGAW
3088 New Savannah Rd
Burgaw, NC 28425
Mon., Wed. and Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

CALICO BAY
7599 Old River Rd
Burgaw, NC 28425
Wed. and Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

CANETUCK
721 Canetuck Rd Currie, NC 28435
Mon.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Wed.: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

MAPLE HILL
875 Maple Hill School Rd
Maple Hill, NC 28454
Mon., Wed. and Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

MONTAGUE
2003 Montague Rd Currie, NC 28435 ,
Wed. and Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

ROCKY POINT
16232 NC HWY 210
Rocky Point, NC 28457
Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri. and Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

SHILOH
19690 US 421
Willard, NC 28478
Tues., Thurs. and Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

SURF CITY
360 J.H. Batts Rd
Hampstead, NC 28443
Sun.: 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Mon.: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat.: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm

WHITESTOCKING
196 Whitestocking Rd
Burgaw, NC 28425
Tues., Thurs. and Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

WILLARD
7690 NC 11
Willard, NC 28478
Mon., Wed., Fri. and Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

HAMPSTEAD
250 Transfer Station Rd Hampstead, NC 28443
Mon. – Sat.: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun.: 1:00 pm – 7:00 pm

TRANSFER STATION FACILITY SCALE HOUSE
250 Transfer Station Rd Hampstead, NC 28443
Mon. – Sat.: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm

FAQs about North Carolina’s Stay at Home Order

Frequently Asked Questions for North Carolina’s Stay At Home Order

Today, March 30, Gov. Roy Cooper’s Executive Order 121 will go into effect at 5 p.m. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the protective order.

Executive Order 121, orders North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for performing essential work and essential activities such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety purposes.

This Stay at Home Order will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed by keeping individuals from being exposed to the virus and keeping those who have the virus from spreading it to others.

Below are frequently asked questions and answers. In addition, individuals should check with local governments to determine whether additional restrictions have been imposed in their local jurisdictions to limit the spread of COVID-19. Please note that Executive Order 121 modifies some sections of previous Executive Orders, but sections not modified are still in effect.

This information is subject to change in light of new CDC guidance and additional Executive Orders or local government declarations.

FAQs for Stay at Home Order

This Order permits the following businesses to remain open:
• Restaurants that provide take-out, drive-thru, or delivery
• Grocery stores
• ABC stores and beer and wine stores
• Doctors and other healthcare providers
• Pharmacies
• Hardware stores
• Post offices
• Office supply stores
• Gas stations and convenience stores
• Veterinarians and pet supply stores
• Hotels, airlines, buses, taxis, and rideshare services
• Places of worship

• Child care providers (that are following the required NCDHHS procedures)

For a full list of essential businesses, please see the Order.

What does “Stay at Home” mean?
It means people should stay at their residence and limit social interactions and travel for essential activities or essential business purposes.

When does the Order take effect?
The Order takes effect on Monday, March 30 at 5:00 PM.

When will this Order be lifted?
This Order is valid for 30 days through April 29, 2020 but can be revised or extended.

Is this Executive Order mandatory or is it just guidance? This Order is mandatory. All persons and other entities are required to comply if they do not fall within the exemptions that are specified in the Order.

How will this Executive Order be enforced?
Governor Cooper is seeking voluntary cooperation from all state residents and businesses to ensure the health and safety of our communities. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, state and local law enforcement officers have the authority to enforce the Order.

Various local counties and cities have issued their own shelter in place orders. How do the state and local orders correlate with one another?
People in North Carolina must abide by this statewide Order. To the extent that a local order contains more restrictive requirements, the more restrictive local Order must be followed.

Can I leave my home to visit friends or family members?
Individuals may leave their homes to care for a family member or friend, or to help their family member or friend get essential goods or receive necessary health care. Individuals should not visit with friends or family members if there is no urgent need.

What if I require medical attention?
Individuals may leave their homes to receive necessary medical care. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please follow guidance (https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina/what-covid-19) provided by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. If you have mild symptoms, stay home and call your doctor.

Can I leave my home to exercise?
People are encouraged to maintain healthy lifestyles, including outdoor recreational activity, such as walking pets and jogging. While exercising, individuals should maintain social distancing and continue to take protective measures to maintain their personal health and wellbeing.

Does this Order prohibit outside group exercise? As long as the group abides by the mass gatherings provision in the Order (no more than 10 people) and maintains adequate social distancing, this activity is not prohibited, but it is strongly discouraged.

What if my home is not a safe environment?
Individuals whose residences are unsafe or become unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are permitted and urged to leave their home and stay at a safe alternate location, which can include a hotel or shelter.

Can I take my kids to the park?
Unless your local jurisdiction has closed parks, people may go to public parks and open outdoor recreation areas while following social distancing and mass gathering guidelines. Public playgrounds and their equipment are closed for use statewide.

Are the entertainment, personal care, and grooming businesses that are closed under Executive Order 120 supposed to remain closed?
Businesses prohibited from operating under Executive Order 120 shall remain closed.

What businesses may remain open?
Essential businesses as defined in the Order may remain open. Other non-essential businesses must remain closed unless permitted by the Secretary of Revenue. Establishments required to close under previous executive orders must remain closed.

Does my business need any documentation to continue operating?
Businesses and not-for-profit organizations that are deemed essential as defined by the Order do not need any documentation from the State to continue operations. Employees are not required to have specific documentation to report to work under this Order.

What if my business is not listed as essential and I cannot conduct business operations and maintain social distancing between employees?
If your business is not included in the list of Essential Businesses and Operations and you believe it is essential, you can submit an application to the North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDOR). NCDOR will review applications to determine whether the business is necessary to properly respond to this COVID-19 pandemic. NCDOR will post on its website a point of contact and procedures for businesses seeking an essential designation.

What if my business does not fall within an exception and must close?
Businesses that are required to cease all activities are still allowed to continue Minimum Basic Operations. These operations include activities necessary to maintain the value of the business’s inventory; preserve the condition of the business’s physical plant and equipment; ensure security; process payroll and employee benefits, or related functions; and, activities to support employees who are working remotely. However, employees must comply with social distancing requirements, to the extent possible, while carrying out such operations.

If my business was previously required to close under an Executive Order or a local Stay at Home order, are there any circumstances under this Order that would allow me to re-open?
No.

Does this Order prohibit operations of child care centers and other child care providers?
No. Although child care providers are urged to remain open for first responders and essential employees, they are also open to the general public. All open child care providers must follow the NCDHHS emergency child care operations and financing guidance.

Are religious functions allowed?
Religious gatherings are subject to the mass gathering ban and may not have more than 10 people. Participants should practice social distancing.

Are weddings allowed?
Weddings are subject to the mass gathering ban and may not have more than 10 people. Participants should practice social distancing.

Are funerals allowed?
Funerals are time-sensitive events and may not have more than 50 people. Participants should practice social distancing.

Can I still attend religious services?
The Order allows individuals to attend their places of worship if they follow the mass gathering ban and do not have more than 10 people assembled. Social distancing should be practiced. Places of worship are encouraged to stream their services online to accommodate people complying with the Order.

Are car dealerships open during the emergency?
Car dealerships, and other places that sell automobiles, are essential businesses that may provide relief for those who have transportation issues during the emergency and are permitted to remain open.

Can I still mail items and get deliveries?
Yes. The postal service and private mail and delivery services are essential businesses and will remain open.

Can I visit loved ones in the hospital, nursing home, skilled nursing facility, or other residential care facility?
You may visit a hospital or other healthcare facility only to obtain health care services and supplies. Do not visit a nursing home, skilled nursing facility, residential care facility or any other long term care facility unless it is an end-of-life visit.

Can I carry out a court-ordered visit with my kids? Yes. To the extent possible, maintain social distancing with individuals other than your child and limit meetings to places and activities that are permitted under this Order, such as outdoor parks.

What if I still have to go to work?
Businesses have been encouraged to implement remote working policies for their employees. If you have been designated essential by your employer, you should continue to go to work and practice social distancing to the extent possible.

Where can I report a business that is operating in violation of the Order?
Governor Cooper is seeking voluntary cooperation from all state residents and businesses to ensure the health and safety of our communities. If voluntary cooperation is not achieved, state and local law enforcement officers have the authority to enforce the Order.

Are gun stores allowed to operate?
Gun stores implementing social distancing requirements for employees and customers as defined in the order may remain open.

Are golf courses allowed to stay open?
Golf courses implementing social distancing requirements for employees and customers as defined in the order may remain open.

What is the current number of people that can gather under the mass gathering requirements?
A mass gathering is defined as no more than ten (10) people.

What are social distancing requirements?
• Maintaining at least a six foot distance from other individuals;
• Washing hands using soap and water for at least twenty seconds as frequently as possible or the use of hand sanitizer;

• Regularly cleaning high-touch surfaces;
• Facilitating online or remote access by customers if possible.

 

Hampstead Kiwanis Park fields closed Monday for fertilizing

HAMPSTEAD – Kiwanis Park, located at 586 Sloop Point Loop Rd. in Hampstead, will close all playing fields Monday, March 30, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. to fertilize the fields in preparation for spring and summer play.

The walking path will not be impacted; however, the Sloop Point Loop Road entrance will be closed during the fertilization process. The park may be accessed by the entrance on Country Club Drive.

“The walking trail will remain open and we urge all users to practice social distancing,” Joe Camperlengo, the head of park grounds, said.

The fertilization process of the playing fields is expected to be complete by 1 p.m. and the park will re-open at the Sloop Point Loop Road entrance.

“The spraying of fertilizer is by no means connected to any COVID-19 issues,” said Camperlengo. “This is for the treatment of the grassy fields for future use.”

Pender County Health and Human Services Statement

Pender County Health and Human Services (PCHHS) continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working closely with state and federal officials and are following all guidelines and recommendations from the NC Department of Health & Human Services (NC DHHS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Currently in the State of North Carolina 736 COVID-19 cases and three deaths have been reported. There have been no cases reported in Pender County to date.

According to the CDC, most people who get COVID-19 will recover without needing medical care. For that reason, people who think they have COVID-19 showing mild symptoms such as fever and cough without shortness of breath or difficulty breathing are encouraged to isolate themselves at home, separate themselves from others in their home as much as possible, and call their medical provider for advice.

People can stop isolating themselves when they have met the following:
• It has been at least 7 days since you first had symptoms
• You have had no fever for three days (72 hours) without any fever reducing medication
• Your other symptoms have improved

We urge our residents to stay informed. The CDC and the NC DHHS provides factual information and recommendations.

We strongly encourage our residents to follow the recommended safe hygiene practices and social distancing.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
Avoid close contact with people who are sick
• Stay home if you’re sick
Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 – a cough, fever, and shortness of breath – please contact your health care provider. It is extremely important for people at higher risk of getting sick to call their medical provider if they develop symptoms of fever or cough. High-risk individuals include: those 65 years or older; someone with a high-risk condition like heart or lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, a compromised immune system, diabetes, or severe obesity, and pregnant women.

The Pender County Health Department clinic is open Mondays through Fridays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. No appointment is necessary. We have COVID-19 testing kits and are following the testing criteria provided by NC DHHS and the CDC.

Pender County Health and Human Services is actively working to keep you informed. If you should have questions, please call the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230. The website, www.pendercountync.gov, features a COVID-19 microsite with information. For the latest information on COVID-19, visit reliable websites such as the NC Department of Health and Human Services https://ww.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19-response-north-carolina and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov/coronavirus.

NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina. Families and individuals can call to obtain free and confidential information on health and human services and resources within their community.

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