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Conquering the Coronavirus Crisis
Important COVID-19 Updates from Mecklenburg County
As COVID-19 concerns continue to rise, the Town of Cornelius is working diligently to keep our community engaged and informed throughout the crisis.

To that end: please take note of the following important updates from Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina:

Stay at Home Order Extended 
The Mecklenburg County Stay at Home Order has been extended to April 29, 2020 , to align with the Governor’s statewide mandate.

The County’s Stay at Home Order will extend if the Governor extends the Order for North Carolina. To view the full details of the extension, please visit this website . To learn more about the County Stay at Home Order, call (704) 353-1926, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Cloth Masks Now Recommended
The Mecklenburg County Public Health Department is advising residents to use simple cloth face coverings when in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies).

This precaution is recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help people who may be transmitting the virus without knowing it. Remember: wearing a cloth face mask does NOT change the importance of complying with the state’s Stay at Home Order.

Here are some things to keep in mind when using a cloth face mask:

  • Routinely wash the face covering and ensure that it is completely dry before using it again. It’s recommended to use a washing and drying machine.

  • Avoid adjusting the mask by touching your face while wearing the mask.

  • Continue to practice frequent hygiene while wearing the mask.

  • Avoid touching your face when removing the mask and wash your hands immediately after removing it.

  • If you’d like more information on the “dos and don’ts” of using a mask, please review this document.

New Requirements for Retail Stores 
This week, Governor Cooper issued an additional Order for essential businesses to safeguard the health of customers and employees. Some of the directives include:

  • Limiting the number of people in a store at one time to 5 people per 1,000 square feet of retail space or 20% of fire marshal posted occupancy limits.

  • Marking six feet of distance in areas where people gather, such as checkout lines.

  • Requiring specific cleaning measures for retail stores.

In addition, the Order also encourages:

  • Implementing hygiene recommendations for employees and customers, like hand sanitizer at the doors and face coverings for workers.

  • Establishing designated shopping times for high-risk groups.

  • Creating barriers between customers and employees at checkout to lower the risk of required interactions. Review this document to read the full Executive order.
Concerns Arise about Local Rapid Test
Public health officials warn residents of misleading results
Public Health is warning residents that some rapid tests for COVID-19 may provide misleading results, giving a false sense of security that they are safe and not infectious. Public Health Director Gibbie Harris warns that the non-FDA approved rapid test could lead to a false negative result, which could increase the spread of the disease. 

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services currently does not accept positive results from non-FDA approved tests. Positive results could be due to current or past infections from viruses other than COVID-19.

The encouraging news is that accurate, rapid testing is in the works . In the meantime, those with COVID-19 symptoms – fever, coughing and shortness of breath—should reach out to their healthcare provider or Mecklenburg County Public Health (980-314-9400).
Just a few minutes makes a big difference

While you're at home (and we hope you are),
take a few minutes and complete the 2020 census.

There is a lot of uncertainty right now around COVID-19, but here is one thing we can all depend on: the census is safe.

Your information is only used for statistical data and will not be shared with any government or law enforcement agencies.

The best news is that you can complete it from the comfort of your home.
Just visit my2020census.gov  and let's make Meck count. We're all in this together! 
Does Your Small Business Need Help?
Apply Now for COVID-19 Stabilization Funds
Applications are now open for small and micro businesses in need of a loan due to COVID-19.

The small business loan applies to any business in the County with less than 50 employees. The micro-business loan applies to businesses with less than 5 employees.

Mecklenburg County has committed a combined $6 million for the loans.
If your business is in trouble due to COVID-19, apply here .

Also, if you requested a tax extension for your 2020 Business Personal Property Listing earlier this year, you can file a waiver to get a little more time here .
Kudos to the Crew!
Citizen recognizes Public Works for a job well done
When Republic Services (our solid waste vendor) suspended yard waste collection due to COVID-19, the Town of Cornelius stepped up to fill the void.
Why? Because that’s the Cornelius Way.

We go the extra mile for our Town, and we love it when our citizens take note.
Here’s a shout out we received this week: 
“I just want to say a big thank you to the town crews who thoroughly cleaned up and carried off the tree that fell into Summerbrook Drive in the recent storm!
Someone came that same day and cut it into sections,
then a crew removed everything yesterday down to the last twig!
And they did it cheerfully and with a big wave and smile.”
To the citizen that took the time to recognize our crew: THANK YOU!

Our staff is working hard behind-the-scenes to help maintain a sense of normalcy
in a time of crisis. Thank you for noticing their hard work.

Have you seen Town staff or Cornelius residents and business owners going above and beyond during the COVID-19 crisis? Tell us about it!

Send us an email to TownofCornelius@Cornelius.org and we’ll share your story too!
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