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CONQUERING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS
We're all in this together! 
Stay Home
As of April 3, Mecklenburg County reports that more than 600 residents have tested positive for the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and there have been 3 related deaths .

Public health is everyone's responsibility . No matter your age, no matter how healthy you are, we need you to help prevent further spread of this virus.

We're all in this together! So, as we go into another beautiful weekend, remember to:

  • Follow social distancing guidelines, even when you’re on the Lake or visiting our greenways and parks. If you’re boating this weekend, remember: no tying up, rafting or hanging out at the beach in groups. 

  • Follow the Stay at Home Order! Look for ways you can comply with the Order, instead of ways to get around it. Staying at home saves lives!

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
Community Matters ! We know the situation is tough for everyone, so continue coming together as a community. Continue supporting one another and our local businesses.
 
Have you seen the community come together through this crisis? Have you witnessed acts of kindness in your neighborhood? How is your family is adjusting to the changes? Do you have any tips to share with others?

We want to hear from you! Share your stories and stay at home tips & tricks with TownofCornelius@Cornelius.org and we'll share them with the rest of the Town!
CONNECTING CORNELIUS
Our Coffee Chats Go Virtual This Monday!

We want you to stay at home,
and we also want you to stay informed...
... so we're taking Connecting Cornelius to the web!

Join us for our first Virtual Coffee Chat!

We'll host it via Zoom  on
Monday, April 6, from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. 

We’ll discuss the impact of COVID-19 locally and across the state with a panel of federal and state elected officials, including U.S. Senator Thom Tillis, State Senator Natasha Marcus, and State Representative Christy Clark.

Mecklenburg County Manager Dena Diorio and Cornelius Town Manager Andrew Grant will also join the conversation with how the County and Town are responding to this crisis.

As per usual, there will be ample time for Q&A after the presentation, 
so bring your questions and concerns and rest assured that you’ll be heard.

You can also submit your questions in advance to TownofCornelius@Cornelius.org

Planning to join us?
DO YOUR PART, STAY SIX FEET APART!
Social Distancing at our Parks & Greenways
6 Feet Apart
Our parks and greenways remain open, and we want you to enjoy them... just keep in mind our
social distancing guidelines. 

We need everyone to stay at least
six feet away from anyone who doesn’t live in their house even when you step outside for fresh air and exercise.

As a reminder, all playgrounds and restrooms are closed for your protection. Also, all basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts, along with all playing fields, are available for individual or singles play only. Group games and activities, including doubles matches, are not allowed at this time.

Remember: These guidelines are in place to help keep our community safe. The more we comply with the Stay at Home order and social distancing guidelines, the more lives we save, and sooner our lives go back to normal. 
If you’re looking for ways to pass the time at home,
check out our PARC Department's latest newsletter: PARC@Home!

PARC@Home is released the first Monday of every week and is filled with tips and tricks on how to beat the boredom and stay active while at home.
Also, be sure to follow PARC on Facebook for weekly videos and activities for everyone in the family.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
COVID-19 Resources for Those in Need
If your family or business has been adversely affected by COVID-19,
you are not alone. We're all in this together.

To help you get the help you need, we've consolidated a list of resources below:

  • Small businesses can apply for a disaster loan here or call the Small Business Association at 1‐800‐659‐2955.

  • Those who need unemployment assistance can get guidance here or by dialing 211, a 24/7 hotline for general COVID-19 questions and to report symptoms.
 
  • All local families receiving Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) will see a benefits increase for March and April. Learn more here.
 
  • Parents in need of childcare resources can reach out for help at 1-888-600-1685.

If you are in a position to give back, considering joining forces with the County.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg is coming together in a unified response to the COVID-19 Crisis
under the leadership of the Department of Emergency Management.

To join the coalition or to learn more about their efforts, visit CharMeckResponds.org .
MAKE IT COUNT!
Complete the 2020 Census and help shape the future of Mecklenburg County

While you're at home, fill your your census!

By now you should have received your census letter.
It only takes a few minutes to complete it.
Your responses will help shape the future of healthcare, education and transportation in Mecklenburg County.

Public Works to the Rescue!
Yard Waste Collection Services Back by Popular Demand
You asked for it; and our Public Works Crew made it happen!

On March 20, Republic Services (our solid waste service provider) announced that they would be suspending yard waste pick up, in response to the COVID crisis.

While other local areas have also suspended this service, the Town of Cornelius decided to use its Public Works Crew to continue collecting yard waste until further notice.

We trust this adjustment comes as some much needed good news!

As we begin our pick ups, please keep the following in mind:

  • We do not have the same equipment or capacity as Republic Services and complying with the changing health guidelines may impact our ability to stay on schedule and continue this service in the future.

  • The goal is to collect yard waste on the same day your trash is collected; however, there could be occasional pick up delays.

  • Limbs can be no larger than 5 inches in diameter and 5 feet long in stacked piles. Piles should not exceed 4 feet high x 4 feet wide.

  • We can not collect loose or bagged leaves and grass.

Have questions or want to give our crews a shout out? Send an email to our Public Works Director: Tyler Beardsley .
Heads Up! Good Friday Waste Collection Schedule 
Republic Services will be operating on its normal schedule on Good Friday (April 10)
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