Here is today’s update, both on Tropical Storm Arthur and on the COVID-19 outbreak:

  • From the National Weather Service: Tropical Depression One has been upgraded to Tropical Storm Arthur, becoming the first named storm of the 2020 Atlantic hurricane season.  Arthur is still expected to track well east of the area late tonight through early Monday.
    • Impacts
      • High risk of rip currents for all area beaches today.  Elevated rip current risk is expected to continue into Monday.
      • Small Craft Advisory is in effect for coastal waters today and tonight with seas 4 to 7 feet.
      • Rainfall is expected to be less than half an inch for coastal southeast NC Sunday night into Monday morning.
    • Here is the storm’s latest predicted track as of Sunday evening:

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  • As we begin a new week, here is the status of the COVID-19 outbreak in the counties that make up the 7th District:
    • Bladen County: 71 cases, 2 deaths
    • Brunswick County: 55 cases, 2 deaths
    • Columbus County: 235 cases, 18 deaths
    • Duplin County: 388 cases, 8 death
    • Johnston County: 247 cases, 17 deaths
    • New Hanover County: 120 cases, 3 deaths
    • Pender County: 45 cases, 1 deaths
    • Sampson County: 244 cases, 1 deaths
    • Wayne County: 832 cases, 15 deaths
    • Statewide, we have 18,512 cases and 659 deaths due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
    • The latest statistics on the COVID-19 outbreak in North Carolina can always be found here.

  • The Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released the Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness application this past Friday.  The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans.  SBA will be issuing more guidance soon to further assist borrowers as they complete their loan forgiveness applications as well as to provide lenders with guidance on their responsibilities as well.  Get more info from the SBA here.

  • The IRS has an updated webpage for individuals that have received their CARES Act stimulus payments but found that is was not the amount they were expecting to receive.  It offers a number of reasons why your payment may not have been what you anticipated.  View it here.  More than 130 million Americans have received their CARES Act payments.  More continue to be made daily.

  • Here’s an update for Brunswick County residents on the latest regarding the outbreak within the county.
For today’s good news story, I’m highlighting Amanda Fontana of Wilmington’s Sign Gypsies, who set up displays of signs in Brunswick County for seniors graduating this spring.  This is a special time for so many seniors across our district, and it’s great to see many who are stepping up to ensure they get the special recognition they deserve.  

As always, visit coronavirus.gov and the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services website for the latest on the outbreak.