***all updates below are as of April 2, 2020, 3:00 PM

  • Effective 3/30/2020 at 5:00pm until April 29, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper is directing people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others.
  • Effective 3/25/2020 at 5:00pm, mass gatherings are prohibited to no more than 50 people. Also, the following must close:

    • Bingo Parlors

    • Bowling Alleys

    • Ice Skating Rinks

    • Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, and martial arts facilities)

    • Health Clubs

    • Indoor Pools

    • Live Performance Venues

    • Movie Theaters

    • Roller skating Rinks

    • Spas

    • Sweepstakes Lounges

    • Video game arcades

    • Personal care and grooming businesses, including:

      • Barber Shops

      • Beauty Salons

      • Hair Salons

      • Manicure/Pedicure Providers

      • Massage Therapy

      • Nail Salons

      • Tattoo Parlors

  • The governor also imposed a ban on visitors – other than health care personnel and those providing end-of-life care – to long-term care facilities, nursing homes, mental health group homes and other facilities for those with intellectual disabilities.

  • Effective at 5:00pm on 3/17/2020, restaurants and bars will close for dine-in customers. Takeout and delivery orders can continue.


  • Governor Roy Cooper ordered (on 3/23/2020) all K-12 public schools in North Carolina to close through at least May 15 for in-person instruction in response to COVID-19. This includes Rocky Mount Prep.

  • North East Carolina Prep School: For Distance Learning resources and feeding sites, visit

  • Edgecombe Community College: Advising and registration for summer and fall semesters are postponed until further notice. The Graduation Ceremony, originally scheduled for May 9, has been rescheduled for Friday, August 7, at 10 a.m. Online instruction and limited face-to-face instruction resumed March 23. The Student Resource Center in the library in Building C on the Tarboro campus is available to assist students who do not have reliable internet access. Hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call (252) 618-6564 or contact Ask A Librarian. Computers, resource materials, and tutoring services are available in the Student Resource Center. Social distancing and a rigorous cleaning schedule have been implemented. Edgecombe Community College is closed to the public until further notice.

  • Nash Community College: 

    • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NCC has created a “virtual college” where possible that allows students to continue studies. Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, NCC’s classes are being delivered online until further notice.

    • The library computer lab will remain open for the foreseeable future for students who do not have internet access offsite. Hours are Tuesdays 9am-2pm, Wednesdays 2pm-7pm, and Thursdays 9am-2pm. 

    • Nash Community College's Summer Semester registration is postponed until further notice. Updates will be provided when available. For more information, visit Advisors are available to assist with semester planning. Visit for more information.

    • For the safety and concern of children, families and staff, the Nash Community College Betsy B. Currin Child Development Center will be closed beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice. Parents will be notified as updates are available.

  • Faith Christian: Online classroom instruction went live on March 18th.
  • Rocky Mount Academy: RMA will operate as a Virtual Campus at this time.
  • New Life Christian Academy: class will continue via online learning
  • NC Wesleyan College: Face-to-face classes are converted to remote instruction delivery for the remainder of the spring semester. All events at The Dunn Center have also been suspended at this time. No visitors are allowed on campus without specific approval from the President. Students who have moved off of campus and commuters are also not allowed back on campus at this time. Students choosing to stay on campus will need to move out at the end of the semester by 5:00 p.m. on April 25. Spring Commencement hasbeen postponed to December 2020.

ALDH: All tutoring at NC Wesleyan is cancelled until further notice. Tutoring at Tarboro Library is proceeding as scheduled.

American Red Cross: temporarily closed the office to the pubic in Rocky Mount, NC. However, their team is continuing to deliver services during these complex times. They are continuing to serve people who have experienced a home fire or other natural disasters.

Boys & Girls Club of the Tar River Region: closed, but currently doing V-Club (virtual club)

Braswell Memorial Library: Braswell Memorial Library and Branches Are CLOSED due to the Current Public Health Emergency. Passport Services Are Also CLOSED. Please Check the website, look for us on Facebook, or Phone Us at 252-442-1951 for Updates and Information.

Christian Fellowship Home: 

  • Food distribution to the public has been suspended.
  • Effective March 16 2020, The Christian Fellowship home (including the Veterans Home) will not be accepting any new intakes until further notice.

Citizens’ Academy (Nash County): All Sessions cancelled Until Further Notice

City of Rocky Mount:

  • Water Resources will continue to provide uninterrupted service in all categories.
  • Energy Resources will provide all existing services except new energy audits and installation of new load management devices. Repairs will continue on any faulty load management devices currently on customer appliances.
  • All city buildings will be closed to the public except the Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building -- only for the purpose of holding meetings of the City Council.
  • Tar River Transit will continue normal service except for rural routes, which will be by appointment; all fares are free.
  • The Rocky Mount Event Center, Booker T. Washington Community Center, South Rocky Mount Community Center, Rocky Mount Senior Center, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, RM Wilson Gym are closed.
  • Public Works will operate as normal regarding trash and recycling; yard waste and bulk item collection has been suspended.
  • The Rocky Mount Police Department will continue fingerprinting for city residents only. Patrol, Investigations and Special Task Force will operate as normal; Animal control by appointment only. The department will continue to abide by CDC guidelines regarding social distancing.
  • The Rocky Mount Fire Department will continue normal operations but will reduce its administrative office support staff.
  • The Business Services Center will adjust operating hours. Both the drive-thru window and the Call Center will operate Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • COVID-19 information as it relates to changes to City services can be found at:

Communities in Schools: office is open with limited hours (Monday – Friday 11am-3pm)

Down East Partnership for Children: 

  • Currently working remotely
  • Building is open 9am-3pm for critical needs
  • Hotline for Find Child Care NC: 1-888-600-1685
  • Temporarily suspended all public events and activities through April including the following major events:
    • Children’s Parade - April 13
    • Party in the Park - April 14 
    • Early Childhood Community Partners - April 29. 
    • We will make a decision about the DEPC Golf Classic at a later time.

Dunbar Community Development Club will close effective 03-18-20. Congregate meals will be provided by "HOME DELIVERY'. This is a temporary measure as we continue to plan. For questions contact  J Bridges at 252 446-6098 or 252 903-1532.

Edgecombe County:Beginning March 23rd, Edgecombe County offices will be closed to the public due to COVID-19 with the exception of certain services at the Health Department and the Tarboro Courthouse. Our landfill and convenience sites will be open on a regular schedule. Citizens may call any of our offices and access many of our services online at We also have a drop box located at the County Admin where payments and documents can be left for processing.

East Carolina Council, BSA: Postponed all activities through 4/30

Girl Scouts:


Harrison Family YMCA: Due to COVID-19, YMCA facility access & programs are suspended until 4/30.

Meals on Wheels of Rocky Mount: MOW is not closing and we will continue to feed our home bound seniors during this crisis.  However, we are aware of our responsibility to implement social distancing practices while delivering meals to our at risk seniors. So...MOW will be delivering with a modified schedule during this health crisis. Starting 3/26/2020, we will suspend our delivery services for 2 weeks. In order to do that, we delivered 16 extra meals to each client for them to use during this suspension. After 2 weeks, we will start delivering 5 frozen meals once a week to our clients. We are planning on delivering frozen meals this modified way through the month of April. So, if you are a regular MOW volunteer, you do not need to come on your assigned day in April. Our hope is that by May we will be back to our regular schedule of delivering hot meals every day.

My Sister's House: 

  • Effective 3/25/2020 My Sister's House will see clients by appointment only until further notice. If you need assistance please call your county office or the crisis line. We are *not* accepting any donations except food and toiletries at this time.
  • 24 hour crisis line: 252-459-3094

Nash County Courthouse: Superior Court and District Court closed

Nash County Department of Social Services: We have made some temporary changes to our lobby to provide the recommended 6-feet distance between our customers and staff.

  • If you simply need to drop off paperwork, you can do that using the drop box located outside of our agency’s Food and Nutrition/Medicaid entrance. 

  • But if you need to: Check status of your case? Request a new Medicaid or EBT card? Ask questions about your benefits or about a notice you’ve received? Report a change in your household situation? Please call 252-459-9818 for assistance and follow the prompts: Food and Nutrition Services – Press 1 Adult Medicaid and all SSI Recipients – Press 2 Family and Children’s Medicaid – Press 2 

  • For other programs, please contact your worker before entering the agency.  Many programs are allowing for telephone interviews during this time to follow social distancing recommendations. 

  • For your convenience please note that the following websites can be utilized to submit online Food and Nutrition and Medicaid applications: 

  • Customers my fax completed applications or other information regarding Food and Nutrition Services and Medicaid to 252-459-1373.


Nash County Detention Center: On March 17, 2020, the Nash County Detention Center will be implementing the following procedures to better safeguard the health and welfare of inmates and staff:

  • All regular visitation and special visits are cancelled.

  • All attorney visits are cancelled. Attorneys may call the jail at (252) 452-1533 to schedule a phone call with their client. We will make every effort to accommodate all requests. However, please know space and staffing are limited.

Nash County Parks & Recreation: All Activities cancelled

The Nash County Senior Center: Closed until further notice.

Nash UNC Health Care: will be enacting restrictions for visitors, vendors and volunteers at its facilities beginning Saturday, March 14th. 

  • Visitors: Effective immediately, one designated, screened visitor per patient for the duration of the patient’s stay will be permitted in the majority of patient areas at Nash UNC Health Care. Pediatrics and Women’s Center will allow two designated, screened guardians per patient. Psychiatry and Behavioral Health areas will prohibit all visitation with the exception of child psych/adolescent areas, on a case-by-case basis.  No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed to visit for the foreseeable future.
          -Additional exceptions will be granted for end of life situations at the discretion of the care team.
          -In the coming days, we will be further restricting access by limiting entry points across the campus.  All visitors to Nash UNC Health Care may be subject to health screening at any time. 

  • Vendors / Contractors: Only vendors and contractors who are essential to patient care and business operations will be allowed onsite on an as-needed basis. Vendors and contractors who do not directly support patient care and critical business operations should work remotely and will not be allowed in Nash UNC Health Care facilities until further notice. Vendors and contractors may be subject to health screening at any time prior to entry or while onsite.

  • Volunteers: Volunteers are extremely important to the function of Nash UNC Health Care, but it is equally important to protect the health of those volunteers and the persons with which they come into contact. Hospital volunteers who do not directly support essential business operations should not report to Nash UNC Health Care facilities until further notice.

  • Students: Students should not visit Nash UNC Health Care until further notice unless they are deemed necessary for essential business operations.

  • As part of a nationwide effort to reduce the use of medical supplies, Nash UNC Health Care will begin performing only priority, urgent and emergent procedures and surgical cases. Nash UNC Health Care joins other major healthcare systems in the state and nation in making this very difficult decision. Patients will be contacted by their care team if their case is to be rescheduled.  Outpatient areas and related testing remain in operation at this time.

  • Due to the growing spread of COVID-19 in North Carolina and our community, Nash UNC Health Care will move to Tier 2 in our COVID-19 Operational Response Plan, effective today, Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 8 am. While Tier 2 will be activated on March 31, operational changes related to the tier change will be rolled out over two days. Please read the information below entirely for the outline of the operational changes and when they will take effect.
    • Changes Taking Effect on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 8am.
      • Plans for overflow, as needed, for CVICU is activated.
    • Changes Taking Effect on Wednesday, April 1 at 7am.
      • Effective Wednesday, access to the main campus will be permitted via the following entrances only: Main hospital lobby, Emergency Department, Heart Center, Women’s Center, Nash Day, Cancer Center, Loading dock at main hospital, Coastal Plain Hospital and the Bryant T. Aldridge Rehabilitation Center – the front (main) entrances at each location only.
      • All visitors, patients and staff will undergo a screening process to enter the hospital.
      • It is mandatory for all staff members to self-monitor their temperature before reporting to work, and they will undergo a screening when reporting to work.
      • In order to ensure the safety of our volunteers, we will discontinue using volunteers during the remainder of our COVID response plan.
      • Various outpatient services may suspend operations and be put on “stand by” as needed.


Rocky Mount Event Center: Game Day Adventure & Arcade is closed

The REACH Center: Our office will be closed to the public until further notice. All appointments for financial assistance will take place by video conferencing or phone. We will limit our food pantry days to Thursdays only.

The Rocky Mount Telegram: closed to walk-in traffic 

The Salvation Army: 

  • Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update and Safety, The Salvation Army will be closed to the general public.  Clients can call for appointments by phone only. There will be no walk-ins until further notice.

  • Appointments will be made by phone, and at the time of appointment, we will call and perform the intake over the phone with verbal client consent to complete applications. This is only due to the heightened national emergency status and not a regular procedure in the future. 

  • Food Assistance will be limited to our monthly Community Food Pantry every 2nd Monday until further notice.

  • There will be no clothing vouchers issued until further notice due to limiting traffic in our Family Stores.


Special Olympics Nash County: suspended all sports training and competition for athletes through May 15. This includes the Spring Games that were scheduled for April 24th.


  • Currently working remotely
  • STEM design Challenge has been cancelled.

Tarboro Community Outreach:

  • 5K has been cancelled
  • Continuing food distribution at 12:00pm


The Town of Nashville: The Town of Nashville is implementing the following effective immediately and until further notice: 
  • Town Hall and all other Town of Nashville facilities will be closed to the public.

  • Utility and other payments may be made online or via drop box located outside of Town Hall. If possible, please pay by check for drop box payments. If paying with cash, please pay as close to the exact amount as possible. Any over-payments will be applied to your account. Please place all drop box payments in the envelope provided and write the account name along with the address or account number on the envelope.

  • Planning permits will be performed by appointment. Please call 252-459-4511 to schedule an appointment.

  • We are suspending disconnections of utilities due to nonpayment until further notice due to the inconvenience as a result of this closure and sue to the possible financial hardships this crisis brings.

The Wright's Center: will be closing temporarily effective 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, as a precautionary measure because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, they have decided to postpone their upcoming Anniversary Celebration on April 24, 2020.  Future date is TBD.

United Community Ministries:

  • Soup kitchen times have been changed to the following:

    • 10:30-11:00am shelter residents will eat

    • 11:00-11:30am community lunch to-go

United Way Tar River Region:  United Way will take precautionary measures and our office will be closed to the public. Meetings within our office will be postponed at this time, as well, our lobby will be closed. We will be happy to communicate with you through our intercom system. Thank you for your understanding-we hope you remain safe! FOR COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

  • CALL 2-1-1 OR VISIT: WWW.NC211.ORG


  • CALL OUR OFFICE AT (252) 937-2213

Vidant Hospitals: temporarily expanding visitation restrictions for patient safety as well as the safety of visitors.

  • To visit a Vidant Health hospital, emergency department or clinic, you must be:
          -Over the age of 16
          -An immediate family member
          -Not experiencing any symptoms of illness
          -Only one person at a time may visit a patient or accompany a patient to an appointment.

  • Effective 3/16/2020 until further notice (via Vidant Edgecombe Hospital Facebook):
          -The cafeteria is closed to the public until further notice.
          -The main entrance at the front of the hospital will be closed. Patients and visitors are to use either the emergency department entrance or the patient entrance (facing Main St.).

Williford Family Resource Center:

  • Open 9am-2pm, but not to the public.
  • They have food and books available to the Williford community (call first)