***all updates below are as of May 19, 2020, 3:00 PM
- Effective Friday, May 8th at 5:00pm, North Carolina entered Phase 1 of easing certain COVID-19 restrictions to help revive the economy while protecting public health. This Order remains in place through 5 PM on May 22, 2020.The Stay at Home order remains in effect.
- This Phase 1 Executive Order does the following:
- Eliminates the distinction between essential and non-essential businesses; Allows most retail businesses (with exceptions) that can comply with specific requirements to open at 50 percent capacity;
- Allows people to leave home for non-essential goods or services;
- Encourages state parks and trails that are closed to open;
- Specifically allows people to gather outdoors while following the Recommendations to Promote Social Distancing and Reduce Transmission, and with up to ten people;
- Opens child care to working families; and
- Encourages North Carolinians to wear cloth face coverings when outside the home in order to protect others.
- This Phase 1 Executive Order does not change the following:
- A Stay at Home Order remains in place;
- Mass gatherings are generally limited to no more than ten people;
- Teleworking is encouraged;
- Social distancing, hand hygiene, and other methods to slow the spread of COVID-19 should be practiced, including staying at least six feet apart;
- Restaurants and bars remain closed for dine-in service and on-premises beverage consumption;
- Personal care and grooming businesses, including barber shops, beauty, hair, nail, and tanning salons, and tattoo parlors, remain closed;
- Entertainment facilities, including movie theaters, bowling alleys, and performance venues, remain closed;
- Fitness facilities such as health clubs and gyms remain closed;
- People may leave their homes to obtain medical services, obtain goods and services, engage in outdoor exercise, take care of others or volunteer;
- Playgrounds remain closed;
- Open retail businesses must meet certain requirements to ensure the safety of their employees and customers; and
- Visitation continues to be banned at long-term care facilities, except for certain compassionate care situations.
- This Phase 1 Executive Order does the following:
Effective April 23, 2020 Governor Cooper issued an executive order extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home (Executive Order 121) until May 8th, as well as other orders regarding the closures of restaurants for dine-in service, bars and other close-contact businesses.
• New Executive Order (effective 4/13/2020 at 5:00 pm):
- New social distancing guidelines
- No more than 20% of the stated fire capacity (5 people per 1,000 sq. ft.)
- Must mark 6 feet of distance at gathering places like checkout line
- Frequent environmental cleaning & disinfection
- Make hand sanitizer accessible
- Set shopping times for seniors & at-risk people
- Use shields at checkout
- Mark aisles as one-way to limit traffic
- If not followed - Citation – Class 2 misdemeanor
- New social distancing guidelines
- Mandatory protective measures for Nursing Homes
- No dining/group activities in common spaces
- Face masks for employees
- Screen employees & residents for symptoms of sickness
- 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:
Ice Skating Rinks
Indoor Exercise Facilities (e.g. gyms, yoga studios, and martial arts facilities)
Live Performance Venues
Roller skating Rinks
Video game arcades
Personal care and grooming businesses, including:
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 Cooper ordered on 4/24/2020 that all K-12 public schools in North Carolina will continue to work remotely for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
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 https://www.necprepschool.com/copy-of-contact-us
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 www.nashcc.edu/registration. Advisors are available to assist with semester planning. Visit www.nashcc.edu/advising-center 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.
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
Currently doing V-Club
VClub is the virtual version of BGCTRR. At VClub, Club members can participate in fun programs and meaningful activities, and keep in touch with their leaders and friends, without leaving their homes. We want to continue to create Bright Futures in our virtual environment using MyFuture.Net and other online resources. To join, visit http://bgctrr.org/welcome-to-vclub/.
Visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/bgctrr for daily challenges, exercise, experiments, and more!
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: https://www.rockymountnc.gov/.
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.
Virtual Playgroups are now available. Please e-mail email@example.com to participate!
Virtual Garden Club – follow them on Facebook to watch demonstrations and readings Monday – Friday at 3pm.
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.
- 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 edgecombecountync.gov. We also have a drop box located at the County Admin where payments and documents can be left for processing.
- The office of the Clerk of Superior Court Edgecombe County will reduce its hours of operation and staff availability (rotation of staff – Please be patient with us) effective Monday, April 6, 2020 – our new hours of operation – 9:00am until 2:00pm Monday – Friday until further notice. Please use every effort to minimize in-person contact with court personnel. For general questions, you may contact the Tarboro Courthouse, St. Andrew Street office at 252-824-3200 or Rocky Mount Judicial Office, Cokey Road, 252-212-3102, email, mail or visit online resources when possible at nccourts.gov website
East Carolina Council, BSA: Postponed all activities through 4/30
- For up to date information for Girl Scouts, please visit https://www.nccoastalpines.org/en/our-council/covid-19-information.html.
- All in-person meetings have been suspended until May 15.
- Girl Scouting at Home: https://www.nccoastalpines.org/en/activities/girl-scouting-at-home.html
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.
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. These are unprecedented times, and we are trying to do what is best for everyone. We would like to begin all sports activities and programs in July to maintain consistency across the board. We are anticipating offering some summer camps in July with more information to come soon. Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you for your patience! Nash County Recreation & Senior Services Main Office: 252-462-2628.
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.
- Changes Taking Effect on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 8am.
- All structured programming is cancelled until further notice.
- Peacemakers is not open to the public except for receiving Freedom School applications and food donations. If you would like to drop off either of those, please do so between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm Mondays - Thursdays. These will be our hours of service until the Governor lifts the current "stay at home" order.
- Freedom School Enrollment Applications are now available online - you may download them from THIS PAGE , and return completed applications by mail or in-person to 2221 W. Raleigh Blvd, Rocky Mount, NC 27803.
- Visit https://myemail.constantcontact.com/Peacemakers-Update---April-16.html?soid=1125724605009&aid=GsGcYsS4L8w for a list of current services and needs.
Rocky Mount Event Center: Game Day Adventure & Arcade is closed
The REACH Center: Office closed to the public until further notice. All appointments for financial assistance will take place by video conferencing or phone. Call 252-937-2942. The food pantry is limited to Thursdays by appointment only – no walk ins. Bakery items from Panera will also be distributed by appointment only on Thursdays.
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. This starts around 1pm (or whenever the truck arrives).
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.
Tar River Transit: Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Tar River Transit will modify its fare structure as part of minimizing interaction between vehicle operators and the public. The following measures will take effect:
- All transit services will be free
- No passes will be available for purchase
- Current users of the Tar River Transit’s DARTS (Dial-A-Ride), RGP (Rural General Program) and night shuttle services will be required to make appointment
- Passengers who already have purchased tickets will not be required to utilize them. These tickets can be used when the fare structure returns to normal
- No refunds will be issued to passengers who purchased tickets prior to this modification
- The fare adjustment will remain in place until further notice
- For information on services, visit tarrivertransit.org or call 252-972-1174.
Tarboro Community Outreach:
5K has been cancelled
Continuing food distribution at 12:00pm
Not accepting new residents at this time due to COVID-19.
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
- The McDonald Street Shelter is accepting clients that are COVID-19 negative. Contact Linda Brinson at (252) 985-0078 for a telephone intake.
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
VIST OUR WEBSITE: WWW.UNITEDWAYTRR.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)