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COVID-19 COMMUNITY UPDATE

Mayor Stevens answers Wilson's coronavirus questions

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As of Wednesday, March 25, Wilson has seven confirmed cases of COVID-19. We still have three cases where patients have recovered.

It is vitally important to continue to practice all preventive precautions to limit the number of people who contract this virus. 

Q&A: RUMOR CONTROL

I’ve received several questions over the past few days, of which some are very similar. I’m sharing the questions and answers to hopefully help more people and dispel rumors. It is important to rely on information that is verifiable and accurate.

Question: Since the president said we should keep our gathering at or under 10 people, does that supersede the governor’s executive order of keeping our gathering under 50 people?

Answer: The governor’s executive order is currently the law. President Trump recommended keeping our gatherings at 10 people or fewer, but he has not made it mandatory. Therefore, the maximum number of people for a gathering in one location must be 50.  However, the fewer the people, the less chance of contracting this virus.

Question: Does Wilson have a curfew in place?

Answer: No, Wilson does not have a curfew for our citizens.

Question: Is Wilson getting ready to go on lockdown? If so, how is it done?

Answer: No. As of today, Wilson is not going on lockdown. However, this could change depending on the spread of this virus at any time. 

There are basically three ways this could happen. 

1. Our president could implement a nationwide lockdown. 

2. Our governor could issue a statewide lockdown. 

3. Our county leadership and city leadership, working together in conjunction with local and state health officials, could issue a citywide and/or countywide lockdown.

Question: If I fill out my census, does that give the government my information for my stimulus check?

Answer: The census is not tied to a stimulus. In addition, our congressional leaders are still negotiating a coronavirus economic stimulus package. 

WE HAVE TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES

Our city is full of great small businesses that need our help. By patronizing our local businesses, we can help restore so much that has been lost during this time. If we stick together, we can make a difference. We are our brother’s and sister’s keeper!

#SpendLocalWilson video: https://youtu.be/yNhpBw_w_kA

Wilson’s small business restaurants really need our support also at this time. Currently, our restaurants are only able to offer takeout or curbside service. If you are able, please purchase takeout from one of our great local restaurants, who need your support now more than ever. In addition to lists published by Historic Downtown Wilson and The Wilson Times, you can find member restaurants at www.wilsonncchamber.com/list/ql/restaurants-food-beverages-22?.

NEW EXECUTIVE ORDER

Gov. Roy Cooper’s new executive order went into effect at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Please read: https://files.nc.gov/governor/documents/files/EO120.pdf.

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

If you have been laid off or suffered a financial loss due to a loss of hours because of the coronavirus, you are eligible to receive unemployment benefits.

The fastest way to apply is to use the online method. Below is the link that will navigate you to begin the process.

https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment

If you don’t have access to a computer or the internet, you can call 1-888-737-0259.

COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Parents, Wilson County Schools and The SPOT will be providing meals during the time the children are out of school.

The following links will give information:

www.wilsonschoolsnc.net/apps/news/article/1179550.

http://www.thewilsonspot.org/covid-19-resources/.

ACCURATE AND VERIFIABLE INFORMATION

Do not rely on information that may be found on social media, messages you may get in your inbox or word of mouth. Our city government, county government, Wilson Times, health department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Department of Health and Human Services are reliable and verifiable sources of information. There is a link to each entity below.

City of Wilson website

https://www.wilsonnc.org/

City of Wilson Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/WilsonNC/

Wilson County website

https://www.wilson-co.com/

County of Wilson Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/wilsoncountygov/

The Wilson Times

www.wilsontimes.com

Wilson Times Facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/wilsontimes

Centers For Disease Control

https://www.cdc.gov/

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

https://www.ncdhhs.gov/

PRAYER FOR OUR CITY

Thank you, Pastor Matt Spence of Mount Zion Original Free Will Baptist Church, for leading our city in prayer Wednesday morning.

If you were not able to see the prayer, it can be seen on Channel 8 Greenlight and Spectrum. It can also be seen on my Facebook page.

Please join us tomorrow morning at 9:15 am when we go live for our next Prayer for our City.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY

“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” — John 16:33. 


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