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6/2/2020 7:32:00 PM
Update Tuesday June 2nd

Wayne Howard
News Journalist

The number of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Lincoln County increased to 73 in the latest report Monday (June 1st), but there are only 17 active cases since 56 people who had the disease have now recovered.  There were 7 people awaiting test results.

Catawba County's number of active cases was 141 as of Tuesday (June 2nd).  The county has had 87 people recover from the disease and six deaths.

Gaston County had 62 active cases as of Monday with 237 said to have recovered and seven deaths.

Cleveland County reported 99 positive cases (some have recovered but no figure was available) and two deaths.

North Carolina's death toll was 921 Tuesday.  716 people were hospitalized with COVID-19 according to the NCDHHS.

Governor Roy Cooper announced the extension on Monday of the moratorium on utility cutoffs and evictions.  The eviction prohibition 
  • lasts for 3 weeks;
  • prevents landlords from initiating summary ejections or other eviction proceedings against a tenant for nonpayment or late payment of rent;
  • prevents landlords from assessing late fees or other penalties for late or nonpayment;
  • prevents the accumulation of additional interest, fees, or other penalties for existing late fees while the order is in effect;
  • requires landlords to give tenants a minimum of six months to pay outstanding rent;
  • requires leases to be modified to disallow evicting tenants for reasons of late or nonpayments; and
  • makes clear that evictions for reasons related to health and safety can still take place.
The utility bill moratorium
  • lasts 60 days;
  • prohibits utility disconnections for all customers;
  • prohibits billing or collection of late fees, penalties, and other charges for failure to pay; and
  • extends repayment plans at least six months, and sets the default term for repayment to six months for cases when the utility and customer cannot agree on the terms of an extended repayment plan.
The moratorium on utility shutoffs applies to all providers including the City of Lincolnton.   Residential utility disconnections for failure to pay whichhave been suspended since April 1st and will now be suspended until July 29th. The City of Lincolnton will not disconnect residential water, wastewater, and/or electric service due to late or non-payment until July 29th or until executive order 142 is modified. In addition, the City will continue to waive penalties including late and default fees in addition to suspending residential utility disconnects.

It is important for all City of Lincolnton utility customers to know that they are still responsible for paying all utility usage billed between March 31st and July 29th, which includes bills issued in the months of April, May, June, and July. Customers should continue to make payments on their accounts as much and as often as possible to avoid accumulating large balances, even if they cannot pay in full. Utility account balances will not be forgiven, only deferred, and customers having trouble paying utility bills in full or on time are strongly urged to make incremental payments during this time.

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