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Posted on: May 7, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Media Release COVID-19 - May 7, 2020

For Immediate Release


Phone: 980-432-1800

Rowan County Case Information:

Public Health Command Center Urges Caution as Stay-at-Home Order is ModifiedThree W's of COVID-19: Wear a cloth face covering, Wait 6 feet apart, Wash your hands often

On Friday, May 8 at 5pm North Carolina will transition to a modified Stay-at-Home Order and enter Phase 1 of the Governor’s plan to ease certain restrictions and begin reviving the economy.  Rowan County does not have any additional restrictions beyond the Governor’s Executive Orders. 

The modification provides additional reasons for people to leave home, but the Executive Order remains in place and can result in legal consequences.  According to State guidance, “All North Carolina residents should continue to stay at home except for the purposes outlined in this Order. Anyone who is feeling sick should stay home and should leave the house only to seek health care or for some other necessary reason.”

Rowan County continues to experience community spread (person to person) of the virus.  Not including congregate care settings, 44.1% of positive cases (76 of 172) have occurred in the last 7 days.   It is extremely important to remain cautious when leaving home.  Please do not let your guard down!    

Remember the 3 W’s:  Wear a cloth face covering, Wait 6 feet apart/ avoid close contact,  Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

Highlights of Phase 1 include:

  • Any retail business may open at 50 percent capacity. Businesses will be required to practice social distancing, perform frequent cleanings, provide hand sanitizer when available, screen workers for symptoms and more.
  • People may leave their homes for commercial activity at any business that is open.
  • Certain businesses remain closed, including bars, personal care businesses, entertainment venues, and gyms. Restaurants may only continue to serve customers for drive-through, take-out and delivery.
  • Teleworking is still encouraged for businesses that can practice it.
  • Cloth face coverings are recommended when you leave the house and may be near other people who are not family or household members.


TJ Brown

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