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5/30/2020 10:53:00 AM
COVID-19 Update (May 30th)

The reopening of businesses under Phase Two of Governor Roy Cooper's three-phase reopening plan continues.

Some government facilities that had been closed are also reopening. The Charles R. Jonas Library in Lincolnton is reopening Monday (June 1st) at a limited capacity. A limited number of patrons will be permitted to enter the facility each hour for one period of 45 minutes each day. The Jonas Library will operate Monday through Friday 10 – 11:45 AM and 2 – 5:45 PM and on Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM.

• Appointment times will begin on the hour and last until 45 minutes after the hour.
• Patrons are encouraged to call ahead and schedule appointments.
• Separate entrance and exit points will be established. Patrons must enter the
library through the door on the west side (facing the garden).
• A limited number of computers will be available for use by appointment.
• Payments for printing, fines, fees and faxing will be made through self-service kiosks.
• Masks for patrons are optional but encouraged. Masks and temperature
checks will be required for those needing assistance when social distancing is not possible.
• All checkouts will be through self-checkout kiosks. You will need your library card.
• Materials and holds are can be picked up inside the Jonas branch or curbside.
• Those exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19 should not visit the

The Florence S. Shanklin and West Lincoln Branches will open at a later date.

All branches of the Lincoln County Public Library will continue providing curbside service. Requests for materials may be placed online or by calling your local branch library. Curbside service is available Monday - Friday 10 AM - noon and 1 - 5:45 PM (No Saturday service).
• All materials should be returned to outdoor bookdrops.
• Fines and fees are still suspended during the SET Phase.
• Meeting spaces and in-house library programs will resume at a later date as safety restrictions allow.
• Summer Learning will be online with take-home kits. Kits may be picked up
for rising 1st – 5th graders starting June 15th. Check the library’s Facebook
page/website for additional information in the coming weeks.
• Online programming will continue through the Library’s Facebook page and
YouTube channel (MyLincolnLibrary).
• Access to online resources is available 24/7 with your library card and
pin number. will be available through June 30th.
Beginning Tuesday (June 2nd) the Catawba County Library will reopen the Maiden Branch Library, restoring direct access to computers, library materials, and other in-house resources. The branch will operate with new hours: Tuesday-Friday from noon - 6 PM and Saturday from 9 AM - 2 PM.

Maiden will also offer contact-free curbside service for anyone wishing to pick up materials without entering the building. When patrons arrive at the library, they should call 828-428-2712 for staff to bring out their items.

In addition, the Main Library in Newton will return to its normal business hours: Monday-Thursday 9 AM - 8 PM and Friday-Saturday 9 AM - 6 PM. The Rhodes Room for Genealogy and Local History will reinstate its regular hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 9 AM - 6 PM. Contact-free curbside service remains available at Newton from 10 AM - 5 PM Monday-Friday.

The Maiden Branch – like the currently open libraries at Newton, Sherrills Ford-Terrell, Southwest, and St. Stephens – will have limited occupancy, social distancing, and safety protocols that support public health needs. To accommodate visitors safely at all locations, the library has implemented the following procedures:

Limited and Timed Access: In order to maintain social distancing and sanitizing guidelines, a certain number of patrons is permitted to enter the library at any given time. Each one will check in with a staff member for a one-hour period of access and be provided a paper mask. When the hour is up, that patron will exit, and the next person in line will be admitted. Patrons are encouraged to call ahead to check on availability and potential waits. Customers with COVID-19 symptoms are asked not to visit the library at this time.

Signage and markings: To help with social distancing and the formation of orderly lines, signage and painted/taped guides have been installed at the entrances to the buildings and inside each branch.

Enhanced Safety: The library has also installed service desk shields and has provided face masks and face shields to staff members. Employees sanitize high-touch surfaces (computers, keyboards, mice, printers, copiers, furnishings, etc.) between customer use. Customers are encouraged to wear masks and to use sanitizing supplies provided at the library.

Meeting Spaces and in-house library programs will be reintroduced at a later date as safety restrictions allow.

Customers who are not yet comfortable entering a library building may continue to take advantage of curbside pick-up service at any open library location. Books, audiobooks, DVDs, and other materials may be reserved through the library’s online catalog ( or by calling any branch for personal assistance. Scheduled appointments are not necessary, and people who are new to the service are encouraged to call their local branch for curbside pick-up directions.

The library will continue issuing automatic renewals and isolating returned materials for 72 hours, with no late fees incurred.

For more information, visit or call 828-465-8665.
Beginning Monday (June 1st) the Catawba County Register of Deeds office will reopen to the public following regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 AM - 5 PM with social distancing practices in place. For in-person office visits, individuals are asked to wear a mask and limit transactions to one person at a time where possible. Most services are also still available online, and citizens may call 828-465-1573 with any questions.

While in-person transactions are welcomed, the following service options remain in place:

Recording Real Estate Documents
For those who have online access, electronic recording, or eRecording, of all real estate documents is strongly encouraged. Information about eRecording can be found on the Catawba County website at There will be no difference in how documents that are eRecorded or mailed are handled. Some eRecording vendors have agreed to waive all startup fees and annual costs during this time. Please check online to contact vendors or call 828-465-1573 for more information. Title searchers are also encouraged to use the county website as much as possible.

Birth, Death and Marriage Certificates
All certified copies of birth, death and marriage certificates are available for purchase in person, online or through the mail. The online service charge will be waived during this time; therefore, online purchasers will only be charged the regular cost of the certificate at $10 per certified copy. To purchase a certificate, visit

For new or returned requests, a drop box remains available just outside the Register of Deeds office where forms and envelopes will be provided. Requests left in the drop box must include a copy of the person’s ID and payment by check or money order. A copy of the photo ID associated with the name requested on the certificate may also be emailed to Requests will be reviewed and filled Monday through Friday during regular business hours.

Funeral home requests may be made through the above-mentioned drop box, online, by mail or in-person. If made online, the requestor can choose the pickup option and certificates will be placed in a marked tray at the front of the Register of Deeds office for signature. All requests made by 4:00 PM will be responded to by mail the same day.

Marriage licenses will be handled in-person by appointment only during regular business hours. Appointments can be made by calling 828-465-1573. Prior to making an appointment, it is required that all marriage applications be submitted online at Applicants will need to bring all required documents and payment of $60 (credit/debit preferred). The Register asks that only the couple to be married come to the appointment at the scheduled time wearing masks. If applicants are sick or unable to make it to scheduled time, they are asked to cancel the appointment and reschedule when they are well and able to attend.

Notary oaths will be handled in-person by appointment only during regular business hours. Appointments can be made by calling 828-465-1573. Applicants are required to bring ID and payment of $10 (credit/debit preferred). If applicants are sick or unable to make it to scheduled time, they are asked to cancel the appointment and reschedule when they are well and able to attend. Notarizing of documents remains suspended during this time.
The Lincoln County Register of Deeds office has already been operating on its regular 8 AM - 5 PM Monday-Friday schedule. Appointments are not mandatory but are suggested. Passports are being processed as usual.

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Now here's the latest news on the COVID-19 figures for our area:

The Lincoln County Health Dept. reported the county now has 13 active COVID-19 cases. 55 people who had the disease are said to have recovered and 6 are awaiting test results.

Gaston County reported 47 active cases as of Friday. The county has had 232 recoveries and seven deaths.

Catawba County has 120 active cases as of Friday, 83 recoveries and five deaths. Catawba County Public Health reported Friday seeing an increase in cases at congregate care facilities. Based on test results received Friday, 31 residents and two staff members at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Viewmont have been infected with COVID-19. No additional cases have been identified at Abernethy Laurels in Newton, where two cases were previously reported.

“We have been conducting aggressive testing to help rapidly identify new cases associated with long-term care facilities,” said Catawba County Health Director Jennifer McCracken. “These numbers are a disheartening reminder of how quickly COVID-19 can spread in this environment. Families of facility residents are understandably worried about their loved ones, and we are committed to supporting these facilities as they work to protect and care for their residents.”

At least 26,879 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus after another 1000+ day on Friday, and 919 have died as of Saturday morning. The NCDHHS says that as of Monday (May 25th) 14,954 people have recovered from the virus in the state; that figure is now updated weekly.

The state averaged 696 new cases of COVID-19 over the last seven days.
Hospitalizations declined slightly on Friday and Saturday. There are now 680 people hospitalized with the disease. The figure was over 700 a few days earlier in the week.

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