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Town of Kenly Press Release #6
The Town of Kenly has released press release #6 which outlines the schedule for each of its departments. Should anyone have any questions, please contact the Town Hall at 919-284-2116
Johnston County issues COVID-19 Statistics for the County
Johnston County has issued the statistical data for the County that shows the spread of the virus by age group and race. For more information, please CLICK HERE .
Governor Issue Executive Order 124: Assist North Carolinians By Prohibiting Utility Shut-Offs, Late Fees, and Reconnection Fees; Providing Guidance About Restrictions on Evictions and Encouraging Telecommunications Providers, Banks and Mortgage Servicers To Provide Assistance And Flexibility to their Customers.
For more information on Executive Order 124 please Click Here
THE FAMILIES FIRST CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE ACT
For more information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act CLICK HERE
The Governor of the State of North Carolina has issued Executive Order 121 which mandates all residents to “Stay at Home”. This Executive Order is effective Monday, March 30, 2020, at 5:00pm, and shall remain in effect for thirty (30) days from that date or unless repealed, replaced, or rescinded by another applicable Executive Order.
Town of Kenly issues State of Emergency
As we face the challenges of the COVID-19 epidemic, thee are several Counties and Municipalities that are enacting “Stay at Home” or “Shelter in Place” orders. This page is intended to provide residents with the necessary information on these policies and updates on the COVID-19 crisis.
Kenly has closed all walk-in traffic to the Town Hall, Library, and Parks and Recreation. If you need to make a payment, we
HOW MANY CASES OF COVID-19 ARE IN JOHNSTON COUNTY? Currently, there are two-hundred twenty seven (227) confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Johnston County. Unfortunately we have had 19 deaths.
WHAT DOES “STAY AT HOME MEAN? Stay at home or place of residence. All individuals currently in the State of North Carolina are ordered to stay at home, their place of residence, or current place of abode, (hereinafter “residence”) except as allowed in this Executive Order. To the extent individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces when outside their residence, they must at all times and as much as reasonably possible, maintain social distancing of at least six (6) feet from any other person, with the exception of family or household members, consistent with the Social Distancing Requirements set forth in this Executive Order. All persons may leave their homes or place of residence only for Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Operations, or to participate in or access COVID-19 Essential Businesses and Operations.
CAN I LEAVE MY HOME? Yes, you can leave your home to engage in any of the following:
- To engage in activities essential to health and safety of you, your family, or household (including pets)
- To obtain necessary supplies and services (such as groceries and prescriptions)
- For outdoor activities (that are in compliance with social distancing)
- To care for family members
- To attend work
CAN I STILL GO TO WORK? Absolutely, please ask your employer first to make sure they are still operating and requiring you to come to work. The “Stay Home” order does not apply if you are actively providing or accessing an essential service, such as going to work or buying groceries. If you are unsure if your company or the company you work for is an “essential” service, you can find a full list by CLICK HERE However, if you are not providing or accessing an essential service, then for the safety of you and your neighbors, please stay home. In other words, if you do not have to be out, then simply just #GoHomeStayHome.
IS MY BUSINESS “ESSENTIAL”? Possibly. Even through our response to the COVID-19 threat, County Commissioners want to minimize the impacts to businesses, industries, and the providers of essential services as much as possible! To view the list of essential business and services is available, CLICK HERE. Remember, if you are not providing an essential service, then for the safety of you, your staff, and your customers, please simply just #GoHomeStayHome.
WILL I GET ARRESTED IF I AM OUT? Violating a “Stay Home” order is a Class II Misdemeanor, which can incur a fine. Enforcement of this is left to the discretion of the Sheriff and local law enforcement. Remember, if you are not accessing or providing an essential service, then for the safety of you and your neighbors, it is best to simply just #GoHomeStayHome.
CAN I GO TO CHURCH? We recognize that maintaining your personal faith is extremely important in these trying times; and want to ensure that “social distancing” does not equal “spiritual distancing”. If your church group or religious organization can accommodate through online or distance worship, that is strongly encouraged. However, there are still State-level restrictions for those living inside a city or town. Currently by order of the Governor, groups of 50 or more are not allowed anywhere in the State of North Carolina, this includes the Town of Kenly.
DO I NEED PAPERWORK TO SHOW I AM ESSENTIAL? Currently the answer is no, however if your employer has given you credentials or other documentation, that may be helpful to have with you.
IS THIS A CURFEW? No,
WHAT IS CORONAVIRUS? Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel (new) Coronavirus that was first identified in Wuhan, China. Being a novel virus, new information is being learned about the virus and this is an evolving situation.
HOW DO YOU GET EXPOSED TO COVID-19? Droplet Spread: To be exposed to COVID-19 a person must have been within 6 feet of a laboratory confirmed positive case of COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes without proper personal protective equipment. Contact Spread: There are wide ranging differences in the estimates of how long COVID-19 can live on a surface. We have been using 6-8 hours. Other sources report much longer times.
WHERE DO WE GO FOR TESTING? If you are sick and think you have COVID 19:
- Call your healthcare provider or an urgent care facility and ask about testing
- Do NOT go to the Johnston County Health Department for testing
- If you think you have a life threatening emergency, call 9-1-1.
GET THE “FAQ’s”: For answers to some more Frequently asked Questions (FAQ’s) regarding COVID-19, CLICK HERE.
Get The FAQs
- For answers to some of the most Frequently asked Questions (FAQ’s) regarding the Coronavirus, CLICK HERE.
- Washing your hands is one of the most important and effective ways to prevent the spread of disease
- For a short video on proper hand washing CLICK HERE EO121-Stay-at-Home-Order-3
- Rumors can easily circulate within communities during a crisis. Make sure to stay informed with FEMA’s updated myth vs. facts related to the federal (COVID-19) response, CLICK HERE.
Information for the Deaf / Hard of Hearing
- To view a special message from NC Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about the COVID-19, CLICK HERE.
- To view a special message from NC Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing about taking care of yourself during COVID-19 outbreak, CLICK HERE.
- Spread Prevention Information: For information how you can help stop the spread of germs, CLICK HERE
- Coronavirus Hotline: “If you have specific questions or concerns related to Coronavirus, call 866-462-3821 for more information. In the event of an emergency, please call 9-1-1. You can also submit questions online by selecting Chat at www.ncpoisoncontrol.org.“
- For more information of COVID-19, please visit the following links:
- NC Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health: https://epi.dph.ncdhhs.gov/cd/diseases/COVID19.html
- Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
This content was originally published on the Pitt County website and edited/updated for the Town of Kenly.