COVID19 Update #8: Phase 2, NC Re-opens on May 22nd Rep. James D. Gailliard

Alert#8: From the Office of Representative James D. Gailliard

STANDING COMMITTEES

2019-2020

· HEALTH

· APPROPRIATIONS

· APPROPRIATIONS EDUCATION

· EDUCATION K-12

· HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON SCHOOL SAFETY

Advocating for inclusive policies for Constituents in Nash County-Rocky Mount

COVID-19 Cases in NC

As of today, May 21st, 2020, NC DHHS confirmed 20,910 cases in North Carolina. All 100 counties have cases. There are 578 people hospitalized with COVID-19. We have 716 confirmed deaths for North Carolina.

Nash County has 160 cases and 3 deaths; Edgecombe county has 174 cases and 9 deaths.

How Do We Evaluate NC’s stability for

Phase 2-Re-opening?

Governor Cooper announced we will move into Phase 2 of easing restrictions on Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. After two weeks in Phase 1, the state’s overall key indicators remain stable but the continued increases in daily case counts signal a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.

Based on the metrics presented in April by Governor Cooper and Secretary Mandy Cohen, North Carolina is evaluating a combination of the data from the following categories that shows the state is stable, but still has increasing daily new lab confirmed case counts.

Key Metrics to evaluate North Carolina’s stability to re-open

Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days

· North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing.

Trajectory of Lab-Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days

· North Carolina’s trajectory of lab-confirmed cases is increasing.

Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days

· North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive has been decreasing and is starting to level.

Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days

· North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is level.

In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to be able to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread. These areas include:

Laboratory Testing

· North Carolina has more than doubled the daily testing rate with more than 8,000 tests completed daily on average. More than 300 testing sites across North Carolina are posted on the DHHS testing information website.

Tracing Capability

· The Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative has already hired more than 150 new contact tracers adding to the 250 already working at our local health departments.

Personal Protective Equipment

· Supply chains continue to improve.

If you want to follow data on the aforementioned metrics on COVID-19,

NC DHHS maintains this information on their website:

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc

Legislative Update: Executive Order 141

Phase 2, Safer at Home

What is included in Safer At Home Phase 2?

Executive Order 141, Phase 2 lifts the Stay At Home order moving into a Safer At Home recommendation, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is also urged when possible.

Mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to the following: event venues; conference centers; stadiums and sports arenas; amphitheaters; and groups at parks or beaches.

Some businesses will remain closed in Phase 2 including: bars; night clubs; gyms and indoor fitness facilities; indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.

Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations including: restaurants at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements; pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements. Employees of personal care businesses will be required to wear face coverings.

Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps will be open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.

Public health recommendations are provided for worship services to practice enhanced social distancing and other cleaning and hygiene practices.

The Safer At Home Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26

Executive Order 141 for Phase 2 and FAQs provides guidance for the following entities

· Restaurants

· Places of Worship and Religious Services

· Large Venue Settings

· Retail Business

· Salons, Massage and Personal Care

· Pools and Spas

· Tattoo Parlors

· Day Camps

· Overnight Camps

· Child Care

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City Manager recognizes trio for excellence

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Rocky Mount, N.C. – Rocky Mount City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney has begun a program for employees who go above and beyond their job description requirements. The first installment of the City Manager’s Award was made on Tuesday, May 19 to recipients Brenton Bent (Water Resources Director), Alicyn Wiedrich (Art Curator) and Quentin Whitaker (Construction Worker).

The trio were nominated for exemplifying many of the city’s core values, including CustomerCentered Service, Professionalism, Respect, Teamwork and Leadership, and Supportive Work Environment.

Specifically, Bent was lauded for his ability to treat members of his staff equally while maintaining an open-door policy. Wiedrich was noted as an employee who makes sure exhibits reflect Rocky Mount’s diversity and differences. Whitaker was praised for his professionalism and the tireless effort he gives daily to his job.

Nominations were submitted online and via email by city of Rocky Mount employees and citizens during February and March.

The winners each received a trophy and a letter of commendation for their efforts.

“I’d like to congratulate the winners of the April City Manager’s Award,” Small-Toney said. “They have exhibited what it means to be a city of Rocky Mount employee and have set the bar high for future recipients of the award.”

Nominations for the next City Manager’s Award will be accepted until June 30 via www.rockymountnc.gov.

About Rocky Mount The city of Rocky Mount, located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, was incorporated in 1867 and lies in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. Rocky Mount is a two-time All-America City on the Tar River. Serving as the Gateway to Eastern North Carolina, the city’s 875 employees serve approximately 58,000 residents daily.

The city’s mission is to advance community well-being, safety and quality of life by delivering excellent public services and actively collaborating with the community towards a fulfilling and inspired future for its citizens. As a publicly-owned utility, the city of Rocky Mount is committed to safe, reliable service for its customers and operates in Nash and Edgecombe counties, providing customers with electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater (sewer), refuse, recycling and/or stormwater services.  To learn more, visit www.rockymountnc.gov for news and updates.

City to observe Memorial Day

Rocky Mount, N.C. – In observance of  Memorial Day, the city of Rocky Mount Frederick E. Turnage Municipal Building will be closed.

Other scheduling modifications and closings include:

• The Sunset Park Spray Park and Denton Street Pool will not be open
• Business Services Center will be closed
• Tar River Transit will not operate
• Residential garbage, recycling and yard waste pickup will not take place on Monday.  Services will resume Tuesday, May 26

The South Rocky Mount Community Center, Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences, RM Wilson Gymnasium, Booker T. Washington Community Center and Rocky Mount Senior Center remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

City parks will be open on Memorial Day, as well as trail areas.

The Rocky Mount City Council meeting will not be held on Monday, May 25, instead the meeting will take place at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26 in the George W. Dudley Council Chamber.

About Rocky Mount The city of Rocky Mount, located in the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, was incorporated in 1867 and lies in Edgecombe and Nash Counties. Rocky Mount is a two-time All-America City on the Tar River. Serving as the Gateway to Eastern North Carolina, the city’s 875 employees serve approximately 58,000 residents daily.

The city’s mission is to advance community well-being, safety and quality of life by delivering excellent public services and actively collaborating with the community towards a fulfilling and inspired future for its citizens. As a publicly-owned utility, the city of Rocky Mount is committed to safe, reliable service for its customers and operates in Nash and Edgecombe counties, providing customers with electricity, natural gas, water, wastewater (sewer), refuse, recycling and/or stormwater services.  To learn more, visit www.rockymountnc.gov for news and updates

These Racist Special Cs Are A Piece Of Work I Am Just Waiting On The Process To Work Itself Out

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Man who filmed shooting of Ahmaud Arbery charged with murder

William Bryan took the viral cellphone video of Arbery’s killing.

A third person has been charged in the murder of Ahmaud Arbery.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation on Thursday said it arrested William “Roddie” Bryan Jr., 50, on charges of felony murder and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

MORE: Investigators execute search warrants for home of Ahmaud Arbery’s alleged killers

Bryan took the viral cellphone footage depicting the chase and killing of Arbery, 25, on Feb. 23 in Glynn County.

On May 7, Gregory and Travis McMichael were arrested and charged with Arbery’s murder.

Bryan will be booked into the Glynn County Jail, GBI said. An initial police report noted Bryan tried unsuccessfully to block Arbery, who was jogging in the neighborhood when confronted.

The 28-second video showed Arbery jogging as Travis McMichael, 34, stood outside of a white pickup truck armed with a shotgun and Gregory McMichael, 64, a former police officer, stood in the truck’s open flatbed trunk holding a. 357 magnum. (Read more)

Breaking News – Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight Will Do His First Interview With Gloria Rodriguez ABC 11 In Response To NC State Audit Findings About Him Allegedly Receiving Write-Offs

Rocky Mount City Councilman Andre Knight/President Rocky Mount NAACP will do a live interview with Gloria Rodriguez Reporter ABC 11 on Friday morning May 22, 2020.

Andre Knight will speak to the media for the first time since coming under fire after the Rocky Mount City Council released a response to the audit draft findings by Beth Woods NC State Auditor on Thursday May 14. Beth released the full report on Friday May 15. Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson, Councilman Lige Daughtridge Community Council and Beth Woods were big man.

Sandy and Lige had the opportunity to say what they are saying now during the time the whole council met to do the response to the audit.

Beth is mad because she says the council didn’t have the right to release the draft audit findings and that no other entity has done this before. My question is is it illegal to do it but I have not seen her post it anywhere but only refuting that audit and especially it is said to be racially motivated.

See Councilman Andre Knight response during the morning interview on Friday morning.

Beth Woods NC State Auditor Press Release In Response To Rep. Shelly Willingham Response To Rocky Mount City Council Audit Findings

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The Office of the State Auditor Pledges to Investigate Allegations of Fraud, Waste and Abuse of COVID-19 Funds

#ncosa #ncstateauditor #Covid_19 #coronavirus

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rocky Mount State Rep. Shelly Willingham Respond To State Auditor Beth Woods & The Special Cs White Supremacy Movement 

Rocky Mount NC – City shares information regarding the State of North Carolina Investigative Report

 

 

Rocky Mount City Councilman Reuben Blackwell On Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson Briefing On WHIG-TV 17 Thursday 7:00 PM

Tune in to WHIG-TV 17 Rocky Mount Councilman Reuben Blackwell is on Mayor Sandy Claus Roberson Mayor’s Weekly Briefing.

Blackwell and Roberson talking about audit findings and schools along with the state of Rocky Mount.

Visit the following post to get abreast of what is going on in Rocky Mount.

Rocky Mount NC – Beth Wood Completed Audit, Full Council Responded But They Big Mad Because Council Released The Draft Response

Edgecombe Democrats seek chairman’s ouster

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A petition to remove Roosevelt Higgs as chairman of the Edgecombe County Democratic Party will be heard by state party officials.

On Wednesday, state Democratic Party Executive Director Meredith Cuomo told the Telegram, “The (state Democratic Party) is taking these calls from our fellow Democrats very seriously. In line with the (state) Democratic Party Plan of Organization, the statewide party officers unanimously determined that the matter will proceed to a hearing. The Council of Review, a diverse group of Democrats representing each North Carolina Congressional District, will hear the matter in the very near future.”

The petition is the second time in as many years that a petition has been filed with the state party seeking Higgs’ removal as party chairman.

The petition was filed by Sarah Peveler, president of the Democratic Women of Edgecombe County; Deborah Jordan, chairwoman of the Edgecombe County African American Caucus; Linda Goines, vice chairwoman for precinct 1-4; Janice Bulluck, former chairwoman of precinct 12-3; and Judith Moss, vice chairwoman for precinct 1-2.

The petition alleges Higgs is in violation of the party’s Plan of Organization and asks that he be removed from office.

Peveler, as lead petitioner, told the Telegram, “None of the petitioners can comment because this is a grievance and petition in process under the jurisdiction of the (state) Democratic Party Plan of Organization.” (Read more)

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