Here’s today’s update:
- An important reminder: This past Monday, June 1, marked the start of the 2020 hurricane season. The time to make sure your family or business is ready is now – not when a storm is barreling down on our region. For readiness tips and resources, visit ReadyNC.gov or Ready.gov/hurricanes.
- New Hanover County has ordered a curfew restricting gatherings of 10 or more between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. in the unincorporated areas of the county. The City of Wilmington has also issued a curfew between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. More information is here.
- The towns of Elizabethtown, Bladenboro and Clarkton in Bladen County have each set a curfew to begin at 8:30 in the evening until 6 a.m. for every day this week until June 8th.
- As the nation slowly continues the reopening process, the CDC is continually updating its guidance for those that should take extra precautions – the elderly, or individuals with existing health conditions that make them more vulnerable. View the latest advice from the CDC here.
- Johnston County has a new hotline number for COVID-19 resources. Effective today, the new number will be (919) 209-8310. The hours of operation for the hotline will remain the same: Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Residents and community partners are encouraged to follow the county on its website www.johnstonnc.com as well as the following social media sites to receive updates.
- New Hanover County Schools will be transitioning starting June 15 to an expanded version of the district’s summer food service program. Beginning on Monday, June 15, free breakfast and lunch for children 18 years and younger will be available for pick-up at nine school sites from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. All sites are drive-through or walk-up only and no enrollment is required. Recipients should be prepared to drive up or walk up to the designated area and let staff know how many meals are needed. Summer food service is available at the following schools:
- Castle Hayne Elementary School
- College Park Elementary School
- Forest Hills Elementary School
- Laney High School
- Murray Middle School
- Pine Valley Elementary School
- Mary C. Williams Elementary School
- Williston Middle School
- Wrightsboro Elementary School
- Bus delivery to 46 neighborhood sites will continue through June 30. A list of bus delivery sites and times can be found online at www.nhcschildnutrition.com.
For today’s good news story, I’m highlighting Erica Fester of Wilmington, who has been sewing homemade masks and giving them away to anyone who needs them. Other masks she’s made have been donated to small businesses for sale with 100% of the proceeds going directly to a domestic violence shelter. So far, Erica has raised almost $900 for the shelter and made more than 900 masks. Erica was brought to our attention by Patricia from Wilmington, a reader of this newsletter. Thanks for sharing Erica’s story, Patricia!
As always, stay tuned to Coronavirus.gov and the NC Department of Health and Human Services’ website for the latest on the outbreak.