COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Coronavirus State of Emergency Declaration – March 2020

April 22, 2020

The Forsyth County Health Department is encouraging residents to wear face coverings when going out for essential activities.

“Residents should wear cloth face coverings when they go out to do essential activities like
grocery shopping,” said Public Health Director Joshua Swift. “The covering can be store-bought
or homemade. They should also continue to practice social distancing and stay home if they
think they’re sick.”


For instructions on making a cloth face covering, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus . Do not use
medical masks, since they’re needed by healthcare workers and others on the frontline of this
pandemic.


Cloth face coverings do not replace other preventative measures like staying at home, washing
your hands, and staying six feet away from others. If you think you’re sick, stay home and
contact a doctor. These are all still vital components to maintaining the progress that’s been
made in slowing the spread of the virus.


Cloth face coverings should not be placed on children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble
breathing. They should also not be placed on anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated or
otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

MARCH 26, 2020

Effective Monday, March 30th, the playground at Covington Park will be closed. All other areas of the park will remain open at this time.

MARCH 25, 2020

Effective Friday, March 27th at 4pm, Town Hall will be closed to the public. Citizens are encouraged to contact the Town via Facebook Messenger, phone, emailing the appropriate staff member, or by emailing Town Clerk Dora Moore at townclerk@ruralhall.com to ensure the appropriate person(s) receives messages as promptly as possible. Both the Town Clerk’s email and the Town’s Facebook Messenger are monitored regularly.

These measures are temporary in order to protect our citizens and staff. At this time, operating hours remain 8:30am until 4:30pm, Monday-Friday, excluding holidays. The Town remains available to assist you and to serve our community.

MARCH 25, 2020

Without a doubt, this is an unusual time. COVID-19 is an unprecedented event, at least in recent memory. The unknown brings many feelings including stress and anxiety. Everyone reacts differently during stressful and unknown situations.

If you are experiencing, or know of someone who is experiencing, stress or anxiety during this unprecedented time, please visit the CDC website (below) for coping mechanisms and resources. Two hotlines have also been established during this time. The numbers and links are listed below.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

Need Help? Know Someone Who Does?

Contact the Disaster Distress Helpline Call 1-800-985-5990

Contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline Call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224 

MARCH 24, 2020

Governor Copper signed Executive Order 120 yesterday. The order closes schools until May 15 (face-to-face instruction), bans mass gatherings of more than 50 people, and closes barber shops, salons, nail salons, gyms, sweepstake facilities and more for a minimum of 30 days.To view the order and for more details, please visit this link – https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO120.pdf?fbclid=IwAR09tU9kUrg8tBjRCiozBwa6kgiuFnbmVzbkh0_D8X0ftl6RT17RHnQj0Zc

MARCH 23, 2020

Coronavirus, COVID-19, and social distancing are phrases that have quickly become a part of our everyday discussions. The Town of Rural Hall is committed in educating and protecting our citizens and community. I, along with the Council and staff, understand that our citizens may have an array of emotions including concern, fear, apprehension, and uncertainty. Rest assured, our staff is working diligently to ensure they are educated on the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation.  A section has been set up on the Town’s website where we will continue to share resources and information.

On March 16, 2020, I declared a State of Emergency for the Town of Rural Hall. The State of Emergency allows the Town to enact a variety of restrictions and/or prohibitions as warranted. I encourage you to practice social distancing to protect yourself, your family, and others. Below are the restrictions currently in place:

  • Citizens and visitors are encouraged to handle Town-related business via telephone or email. Access to Town Hall is limited to the lobby and Council Chambers at this time. A six-foot barrier has been set up in the lobby.
  • Restrooms at Covington Memorial Park are closed during non-reservation times until further notice
  • Reservations for the Covington Park picnic shelter and ball field have been suspended until at least April 15.

Our goal is not to over restrict or panic our community. We know many feel they are in a low-risk category, however, others in the community and even certain members of your family may be at a higher risk. Please take precautions and practice social distancing as much as possible.

Mayor Tim Flinchum

MARCH 16, 2020

Effective March 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM, the Town of Rural Hall is under a State of Emergency. Slight adjustments to how we will temporarily operate have been made. We will continue to monitor the situation based upon information received from Governor Cooper, the CDC, and Forsyth County Emergency Management.

TOWN HALL

  • Town Hall remains open with regular office hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM-4:30 PM, holiday excepted. Although Town Hall remains open, foot traffic is discouraged if possible. During these times, the only publicly accessible area will be the lobby and Council Chambers.  
  • The night drop box will remain unlocked for after-hours payments and drop offs. 

COVINGTON PARK

  • No new reservations for the picnic shelter or ballfield at Covington Park will be accepted the next 30 days. Near the end of the 30-day period, the situation will be reviewed, and additional action may be taken. 
  • Existing reservations for the picnic shelter and ballfield will be upheld if the attendance meets CDC recommendations in effect at the time the reservation would be held.
  • Reservations that do not meet CDC recommendations in effect at the time of the reservation would be held can be refunded or rescheduled. 
  • All restroom facilities will be closed during non-reservation time until further notice.

Coronavirus State of Emergency Declaration – March 2020

RESOURCES

CDC – Center for Disease Control

NCDHHS – North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Forsyth County Office of Emergency Management

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