We will continue to monitor the information we receive from various sources and will continue to report on things we believe you need to know including cancellations and postponements of events.
Several area nursing homes have instituted visitation restrictions including some who are not allowing any visitation. Most were unwilling to elaborate when contacted by our reporter, but said they were following CDC guidelines. What are those guidelines? The CDC says because of the ease of spread in a long-term care setting and the severity of illness that occurs in residents with COVID-19, facilities should discourage visitation and begin screening visitors even before COVID-19 is identified in their community. Facilities should send letters or emails to families advising them to consider postponing or using alternative methods for visitation (e.g., video conferencing) during the next several months; post signs at entrances instructing visitors not to enter if they have fever or symptoms of a respiratory infection; have visitors sign visitor logs in case contact tracing becomes necessary. The CDC also advises asking all visitors about fever or symptoms of respiratory infection ( cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath); or may have traveled internationally within the last 14 days; or may have come in contact with an individual with COVID-19. When allowed, visitors should be encouraged to frequently perform hand hygiene and limit their movement and interactions with others in the facility.
[A friend in a nursing home in Cherryville had an Echo Show and an Echo Dot taken away because the facility didn't allow them. They may want to reconsider that policy in light of what's happening now.]
Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is temporarily closing all Catawba County Seniors Morning Out (SMO) sites effective Monday (March 16th). The March 17th gospel concert featuring Billy Ramseur has been cancelled. During this time, all SMO participants will still have the ability to receive meals and will receive daily phone calls from Senior Nutrition Services staff. Senior Nutrition Services is evaluating the situation daily and will make the decision to reopen sites when it is appropriate to do so.
The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone or cancel all large gatherings until April 30th. That includes the First Friday Morning Brew which had been scheduled for April 3rd and Future of Catawba County Summit on April 7th.
Charlotte National College Fair cancelled -- The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has cancelled the Charlotte National College Fair originally scheduled for March 22nd at the Park Expo and Conference Center.
The sixth annual West vs Midwest 1A All-Star Basketball Games and Banquet that had been scheduled for next Saturday (March 21st) at Cherokee High School, Cherokee, North Carolina, has been postponed and may be rescheduled later.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper held a news conference Thursday and issued a request that all assemblies of 100 or more persons be postponed or cancelled for the time being.
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