June 22, 2020 

Dear Friend,

Here’s the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • As we begin a new week, here’s a snapshot of the COVID-19 outbreak in the counties that make up the 7th District:
  • Bladen County: 310 cases, 2 deaths
  • Brunswick County: 356 cases, 3 deaths
  • Columbus County: 464 cases, 35 deaths
  • Duplin County: 1,345 cases, 20 death
  • Johnston County: 1,135 cases, 26 deaths
  • New Hanover County: 563 cases, 5 deaths
  • Pender County: 177 cases, 1 death
  • Sampson County: 894 cases, 5 deaths
  • Wayne County: 1,658 cases, 23 deaths
  • Statewide, we have 52,801 cases and 1,220 deaths due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 845 individuals are currently hospitalized due to the virus, and North Carolina has completed more than 745,000 tests so far.
  • The latest statistics on the COVID-19 outbreak in North Carolina can always be found here.

  • The Small Business Administration and the Treasury Department announced that they will begin to make public additional information about the recipients of Paycheck Protection Program loans. The SBA will disclose the business names and addresses, as well as the loan amount range and other information, for recipients of loans of more than $150,000. This segment represents almost 75 percent of the loan dollars approved. For loans less than $150,000, totals will be released in aggregate by zip code.
  • As of June 12, the most recent data available, more than 4.576 million PPP loans worth more than $512.271 billion have been issued since the start of the program.

  • The SBA has also launched a dedicated online tool to help small businesses and non-profits connect with Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and other smaller asset-size lenders to obtain Paycheck Protection Loans. Called Lender Match, SBA’s program will help borrowers in underserved and disadvantaged communities obtain loans before the June 30 application deadline.

For today’s good news story, I’m highlighting Harvest Table in Columbus County, a food pantry that is providing more than 11,000 free eggs and milk to those in need in the community.  If you’re in need of eggs or milk, you can pick up these items from 8 a.m. until Noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The address for Harvest Table is 211 East Columbus Street in Whiteville. It’s just one of the many organizations helping the most vulnerable in our communities through the crisis.

As always, visit coronavirus.gov and the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ website for the latest on the outbreak. . And please feel free to send good news stories our way to highlight in this newsletter by replying to this e-mail. .


David Rouzer

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