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The entire state of North Carolina will be under a mandatory stay-at-home order effective today at 5 p.m. That means everyone has to stay at home unless they’re out doing crucial tasks like getting groceries, medicine, seeking medical help or are considered essential employees and going to and from work. This order will remain in effect for 30 days but can be revised or extended.

Friday afternoon, Gov. Roy Cooper announced a statewide stay-at-home order. According to a fact sheet issued by the governor’s office, this order permits the following businesses to remain open:

• Restaurants that provide take-out, drive-through, or delivery.

• Grocery stores which include farmers markets and produce stands.

• ABC stores and beer and wine stores

• Doctors and other healthcare providers

• Pharmacies

• Hardware stores

• Post offices

• Office supply stores

• Gas stations and convenience stores, auto supply stores and mechanics. Bicycles are also considered critical transportation. Car dealerships and those who sell cars can remain open as well.

• Veterinarians and pet supply stores

• Hotels, airlines, buses, taxis, and rideshare services

• Places of worship

• Child care providers (that are following the required NCDHHS procedures) 

Any business deemed essential by the governor’s order can stay open. These businesses include those that sell or service cell phones and computers, lawn and gar den equipment retailers, book stores that sell education materials and pet and feed stores. Banks, building and construction, mail, food and other retail delivery businesses, laundry mats, hotel and funeral service businesses can remain open.

Employers are allowed to keep minimum staff on the premises as necessary to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, preserve the condition of the business’s physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or related functions and activities to support employees who are working remotely. 

Individuals may leave their homes to care for a family member or friend, or to help their family member or friend get essential goods or receive necessary health care. Individuals should not visit with friends or family members if there is no urgent need.

The governor’s office encourages people to maintain healthy lifestyles, including outdoor recreational activity, such as walking pets and jogging. While exercising, individuals should maintain social distancing and continue to take protective measures to maintain their personal health and well-being. Group exercise is allowed as long as it’s no more than 10 people and adequate social distancing is maintained. Children can be taken to area parks, but all playground equipment is closed. Lincoln County playgrounds and park restrooms are closed until further notice. The parks, green spaces, and trails will remain open at this time. When visiting the parks, the governor asks that individuals continue to follow social distancing of at least six feet and avoid contact with others.

Golf courses can operate as long as social distance is kept.

As of Friday, Lincoln County had tested a total of at least 137 people and there were no positive-active cases, there is one positive-recovered case, 115 tested negative and 21 others have been tested and are considered persons under investigation (PUI). A positive active case is a person who tested positive in a commercial, state, or CDC lab and remains in isolation until cleared. A positive recovered case is a person who tested positive in a commercial, state, or CDC lab but has now met the state criteria for clearance. A negative case is a person that is no longer considered a PUI because they tested negative in a commercial or state lab. A PUI is a person who was tested based on COVID-19 testing criteria and is self-isolating until test results are received. During the period of self-isolation, the Lincoln County Health Department provides daily contact management to all PUIs to monitor symptoms or contacts.

The Lincoln County Board of Education met again on Friday to go over updates and to update the calendar. It was voted at the meeting to update the calendar to reflect the remote learning plan as a result of COVID-19. In addition, the following changes were made to the calendar:

•March 16, 2020 is now an Optional Teacher Workday

•March 17, 2020 is now a Mandatory Teacher Workday

•March 18, 2020 to May 15, 2020 are now Remote Learning Days for all students

•April 10 will remain a holiday- All LCS facilities will be closed

•April 13, 2020 to April 17, 2020 will remain Spring Break, no remote learning will take place

•May 29, 2020 will now be the last day of school for students

Lincoln County Schools employees will have the option to take leave days with supervisor approval as all days are now equivalent to regular school days. 

All field trips as well as school and district activities have now been canceled through May 17. This includes, but is not limited to, athletic events, practices, workouts, all school site events, PTO/Booster sponsored activities, driver’s education instruction and behind the wheel training, professional development opportunities, band practices and competitions, arts performances, and all on site or face to face school fundraisers. Athletic contests have been suspended for grades 6-8 by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and for grades 9-12 by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. 

den equipment retailers, book stores that sell education materials and pet and feed stores. Banks, building and construction, mail, food and other retail delivery businesses, laundry mats, hotel and funeral service businesses can remain open.

Employers are allowed to keep minimum staff on the premises as necessary to maintain the value of the business’s inventory, preserve the condition of the business’s physical plant and equipment, ensure security, process payroll and employee benefits, or related functions and activities to support employees who are working remotely. 

Individuals may leave their homes to care for a family member or friend, or to help their family member or friend get essential goods or receive necessary health care. Individuals should not visit with friends or family members if there is no urgent need.

The governor’s office encourages people to maintain healthy lifestyles, including outdoor recreational activity, such as walking pets and jogging. While exercising, individuals should maintain social distancing and continue to take protective measures to maintain their personal health and well-being. Group exercise is allowed as long as it’s no more than 10 people and adequate social distancing is maintained. Children can be taken to area parks, but all playground equipment is closed. Lincoln County playgrounds and park restrooms are closed until further notice. The parks, green spaces, and trails will remain open at this time. When visiting the parks, the governor asks that individuals continue to follow social distancing of at least six feet and avoid contact with others.

Golf courses can operate as long as social distance is kept.

As of Friday, Lincoln County had tested a total of at least 137 people and there were no positive-active cases, there is one positive-recovered case, 115 tested negative and 21 others have been tested and are considered persons under investigation (PUI). A positive active case is a person who tested positive in a commercial, state, or CDC lab and remains in isolation until cleared. A positive recovered case is a person who tested positive in a commercial, state, or CDC lab but has now met the state criteria for clearance. A negative case is a person that is no longer considered a PUI because they tested negative in a commercial or state lab. A PUI is a person who was tested based on COVID-19 testing criteria and is self-isolating until test results are received. During the period of self-isolation, the Lincoln County Health Department provides daily contact management to all PUIs to monitor symptoms or contacts.

The Lincoln County Board of Education met again on Friday to go over updates and to update the calendar. It was voted at the meeting to update the calendar to reflect the remote learning plan as a result of COVID-19. In addition, the following changes were made to the calendar:

•March 16, 2020 is now an Optional Teacher Workday

•March 17, 2020 is now a Mandatory Teacher Workday

•March 18, 2020 to May 15, 2020 are now Remote Learning Days for all students

•April 10 will remain a holiday- All LCS facilities will be closed

•April 13, 2020 to April 17, 2020 will remain Spring Break, no remote learning will take place

•May 29, 2020 will now be the last day of school for students

Lincoln County Schools employees will have the option to take leave days with supervisor approval as all days are now equivalent to regular school days. 

All field trips as well as school and district activities have now been canceled through May 17. This includes, but is not limited to, athletic events, practices, workouts, all school site events, PTO/Booster sponsored activities, driver’s education instruction and behind the wheel training, professional development opportunities, band practices and competitions, arts performances, and all on site or face to face school fundraisers. Athletic contests have been suspended for grades 6-8 by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and for grades 9-12 by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. 

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