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Posted on: April 16, 2020

COVID-19 Updates for the Town of Davidson

As the situation continues to evolve with regards to COVID-19, we want to be sure to keep our community members in-the-know with the most current information for our area. Please take note of the three important updates below coming from Mecklenburg County and the State of North Carolina:

EXTENSION OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY STAY AT HOME ORDER

The Mecklenburg County Stay at Home Order has been extended to April 29, 2020 to match the Governor’s Executive Order 121 for the State of North Carolina. The County’s Stay at Home Order will extend if the Governor extends the Order for North Carolina. To view the full details of the extension, please click HERE.

GUIDANCE ON MASKS

 
The Mecklenburg County Public Health Department is advising residents to use simple cloth face coverings when in public settings where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g. grocery stores and pharmacies) in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and help people who may be transmitting the virus without knowing it.
 
Most importantly, wearing a cloth face mask does NOT change the importance of complying with the state’s Stay at Home Order.

Here are some things to keep in mind when using a cloth face mask:

  • Routinely wash the face covering and ensure that it is completely dry before using it again. It’s recommended to use a washing and drying machine.
  • Avoid adjusting the mask by touching your face while wearing the mask.
  • Continue to practice frequent hygiene while wearing the mask
  • Avoid touching your face when removing the mask and wash your hands immediately after removing.

If you’d like more information pertaining to the “dos and don’ts” of using a mask, please click HERE.


REQUIREMENTS FOR RETAIL STORES

This week, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 131 which offers clear requirements that essential businesses must implement in order to safeguard the health of customers and employees.  Some of the directives include:

  • Setting limits of how many people can be in a store at one time, 5 people per 1,000 square feet of retail space or 20% of fire marshal posted occupancy limits
  • Marking six feet of distance in areas where people gather, such as checkout lines
  • Requiring specific cleaning measures for retail stores

In addition, the Order also encourages:

  • Implementing hygiene recommendations for employees and customers, like hand sanitizer at the doors and face coverings for workers
  • Establishing designated shopping times for high-risk groups
  • Creating barriers between customers and employees at checkout to lower the risk of required interactions

To read the state’s press release pertaining to Executive Order 131, click HERE. For the full Executive Order, click HERE.
 

For the latest, local health information about COVID-19, visit the Mecklenburg County Public Health Department website here. The Town of Davidson also has a dedicated COVID-19 webpage here.

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