A copy of the State of Emergency Declaration issued by the Town of Calabash in regard to the COVID-19 Virus  is available via the following link:

Updated Declaration of State of Emergency:
                      Issued May 27,2020

North Carolina Pauses in Safer At Home Phase 2, Adds Statewide Requirement for FACE COVERINGS:

As trends move in the wrong direction, state will not yet move into Phase 3            

Link: https://governor.nc.gov/news/north-carolina-pauses-safer-home-phase-2-adds-statewide-requirement-%EF%BB%BF-face-coverings      

Jun 24, 2020   

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of   Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today announced that North Carolina will remain in Safer at Home Phase 2 for three more weeks.   Cooper also announced that face coverings must be worn when people are in  public places as officials seek to stabilize concerning trends of       increasing viral spread.


Cooper and Cohen were joined by Dennis Taylor, President of the North Carolina Nurses Association and Eugene A. Woods, President and CEO of Atrium Health.


“North Carolina is relying on the data and the science to lift restrictions responsibly, and right now our increasing numbers show we need to hit the pause button while we work to stabilize our trends,”       said Governor Cooper. “We need to all work together so we can protect our families and neighbors, restore our economy, and get people back to work       and our children back to school.”


“I know North Carolinians are strong, resilient and care deeply about our communities. We pride ourselves on helping our       neighbors. The best way we can do that now is by taking the simple       action of wearing a face covering that covers your nose and mouth. If we each       do our part, we can get back to the people and places we love,” said Dr.       Mandy Cohen, NCDHHS Secretary.


Growing evidence shows that cloth face coverings, when       worn consistently, can decrease the spread of COVID-19, especially among       people who are not yet showing symptoms of the virus. Until now, face       coverings had been strongly recommended. Under today’s executive order,       people must wear face coverings when in public places where physical       distancing is not possible.


In addition, certain businesses must have employees and       customers wear face coverings, including retail businesses, restaurants,       personal care and grooming; employees of child care centers and camps;       state government agencies under the Governor’s Cabinet; workers and       riders of transportation; and workers in construction/trades,       manufacturing, agriculture, meat processing and healthcare and long-term       care settings.


“Wearing a face covering is an easy thing to do that can       make a huge impact for all of us. A major spike in cases would be       catastrophic to the system, and without your cooperation, nurses and our       fellow healthcare providers will have a harder time caring for sick       patients for weeks and months to come,” said Dennis Taylor, a nurse, and       President of the North Carolina Nurses Association.


“As the leader of the state’s largest health system, I am       pro-health and also 100 percent pro-business. In fact, the two are       inextricably connected and I’m very proud of the way business leaders and       health experts are working together to keep our economy strong,” said       Eugene A. Woods, President and CEO of Atrium Health. “Medical science       says to reduce the spread of COVID-19 masking works, and my sincere hope       is that all the people of North Carolina can join forces to make wearing       a mask not something we feel we have to do – but something that we want       to do to keep each other, our neighbors, our children and our loved ones       healthy and safe”


Based on the metrics laid out in April by Governor Cooper       and Secretary Cohen, North Carolina is evaluating a combination of the       data from the following categories that shows the indicators moving in       the wrong direction, causing officials to implement today’s pause in       Phase 2.


Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over       14 Days

  • North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for            COVID-like illness is increasing.

Trajectory of Lab-Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days

  • North Carolina’s trajectory of lab-confirmed            cases starting to level, but is still increasing.

Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14       Days

  • North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests            returning positive remains elevated.

Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days

  • North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations            are increasing, though we have capacity in our healthcare system.

In addition to these metrics, the state continues building       capacity to be able to adequately respond to an increase in virus       spread. These areas include:


Laboratory Testing

  • North Carolina is averaging more than 17,000            tests a day for the past week and there are more than 500 sites            listed on online plus additional pop-up sites.
  • North Carolina labs and labs around the country            are seeing supply shortages for laboratory chemicals needed to            process tests.

Tracing Capability

  • There are over 1,500 full-time and part-time            staff supporting contact tracing efforts at the local health            department level, including the 309 Carolina Community Tracing            Collaborative contact tracers. These new            hires reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, and            44% are bilingual.

Personal Protective Equipment

  • Our personal protective equipment (PPE)            supplies are stable.

Businesses can download templates for signs on face       coverings here.       Downloadable social media       graphics are also available for use.


Read Executive       Order No. 147 that implements today’s announcement.


Read Frequently       Asked Questions about today’s executive Order and mandatory       face coverings.


Read NCDHHS       guidance on face coverings.


View the slide       presentation from today’s briefing.






Contact       Information


Ford Porter





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