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Posted on: May 6, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - May 6, 2020

For Immediate Release


Phone: 980-432-1800

Rowan County Case Information:

Governor Cooper Announces Transition to Phase 1

As Rowan County looks forward to a modified Stay-at-Home order and the transition to Phase 1, certain restrictions will ease.  These will be effective on Friday, May 8, at 5 p.m.  Rowan County does not have any additional restrictions beyond the Governor’s Executive Orders. 

Businesses and individuals can find information and resources related to this transition on the North Carolina COVID-19 Response webpage.  The Public Health Command Center would like to offer guidance to businesses as they work to transition and conduct business within the Executive Order parameters.

In addition to cleaning and disinfecting, what can a business do to reduce the spread of the virus?

  • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles.
  • Provide soap and water in the workplace. If soap and water are not readily available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. If hands are visibly dirty, soap and water should be chosen over hand sanitizer.
  • Place hand sanitizer in multiple locations to encourage good hand hygiene practices.
  • Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, the importance of hand hygiene, and coughing and sneezing etiquette at the entrance to your workplace and in other workplace areas where employees are likely to see them.
  • Discourage handshaking.

How can a business encourage safe customer interaction?

  • At least once a day, clean and disinfect surfaces frequently touched by multiple people. This includes door handles, desks, phones, light switches, and faucets.
  • Consider assigning a person to rotate throughout the workplace to clean and disinfect surfaces.
  • Consider scheduling handwashing breaks so employees can wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Consider scheduling a relief person to give cashiers and service desk workers an opportunity to wash their hands.
  • Discard PPE into a trash can. There is no evidence to suggest that facility waste needs any additional disinfection.


TJ Brown

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