2020 Census field operations are suspended for two weeks in caution over COVID-19, Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham  said on Wednesday. In the meantime, the agency is strongly encouraging members of the public to go ahead and respond to their 2020 Census questionnaires, which can be done by mail, phone, or internet-connected device like a laptop or smartphone. The 2020 Census formally kicked off roughly a week ago with mailers sent to mailboxes across the U.S. “As of this morning,” the bureau said Wednesday, “more than eleven million households have responded. America is stepping up to shape our future and ensure families and communities are counted.” Visit  census.nc.gov​ for North Carolina-specific census info.

Source is the NC League of Municipalities Legislative Bulletin 3-20-2020

The 2020 Census is more than a population count. It’s an opportunity to shape the future of our community. Watch for your invitation to complete the census between March 12th and 20th.

United States Census 2020

Dosher is closely monitoring developments regarding the Novel Coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Dosher has released the following guidelines in an effort to protect our community, patients, and staff:

If you are experiencing a fever, respiratory illness, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call your healthcare provider or the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service Help Line at 1-866-462-3821.

Before visiting our Emergency Department, Urgent Care or Clinics, please call ahead so that we can plan safety precautions to protect our patients and staff.

Testing supplies are limited. You will be screened and evaluated before a test is administered.

Dosher Urgent Care to Become Dedicated COVID-19 Screening Clinic

Dosher Memorial Hospital – COVID-19 Patient/Community Information

PROCLAMATION BY MAYOR DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF SOUTHPORT PURSUANT TO CHAPTER 6 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES

             THAT WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in death or serious illness to persons affected thereby, including citizens and residents of the City of Southport; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of lnternational Concern and a global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has determined that COVID-19 is a public health threat globally and specifically in the United States and that travel restrictions should be implemented and mass gatherings be prohibited; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary has declared a public health emergency in the United States for COVID19; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of North Carolina declared a State of Emergency on March 10, 2020, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States has declared that the COVID19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency; and

WHEREAS, declaring a state of emergency and imposing the restrictions and prohibitions ordered herein is necessary to maintain and protect the public health;

NOW, THEREFORE, l, Joseph P. Hatem, Mayor of the City of Southport, do hereby declare and proclaim a State of Emergency within the entire jurisdiction of the City of Southport.

FURTHERMORE, in response to said Proclamation, the following restrictions and prohibitions are hereby imposed within the City of Southport:

  1. Access to Public Facilities– Access to all public facilities is restricted to essential staff only. All public interaction shall be limited to the protocols adopted by the Board of Aldermen on March 19, 2020.
  2. Public Gatherings– Public gatherings in all public parks and the waterfront, are limited to no more than 10 persons at all times with the required social distancing of 6 feet. All For-Hire Tours are to cease until further notice.
  3. Discontinuance of Short Term Rentals-All rental agencies and property owners that rent properties within the City of Southport are instructed to have all current renters, who rent for a period of less than 3 months duration, and their invitees, vacate the premises and leave the City of Southport no later than 2pm on March 22,2020. Effective immediately there shall be no new rental occupancies of any nature or duration within the City of Southport. (Motels and Hotels and persons staying at hotels and motels are excluded from this mandate by NCGS.)*
  4. These restrictions are effective immediately and are in addition to the protocols adopted by the Board of Aldermen on March 19, 2020, and shall remain in force until terminated by the Mayor of the City of Southport.

* Inserted for clarification on March 23, 2020

This the 21st day of March, 2020.

City of Southport

______________________________

Joseph P. Hatem, Mayor

A PROCLAMATION DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY IN THE CITY OF SOUTHPORT IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC

THAT WHEREAS, COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in death or serious illness to persons affected thereby, including citizens and residents of the City of Southport; and

WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has declared COVID-19 a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and a global pandemic; and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) has determined that COVID-19 is a public health threat globally and specifically in the United States and that travel restrictions should be implemented, and mass gatherings be prohibited; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Health and Human Services Secretary has declared a public health emergency in the United States for COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the Governor of the State of North Carolina declared a State of Emergency on March 10, 2020, in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States has declared that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency; and

WHEREAS, declaring a state of emergency and imposing the restrictions and prohibitions ordered herein is necessary to maintain and protect the public health;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Southport Board of Aldermen, pursuant to Article 1A of Chapter 166A of the North Carolina General Statutes, does hereby find that an imminent threat to the public health exists in the City of Southport and hereby declares a State of Emergency within the entire jurisdiction of the City of Southport.

FURTHERMORE, in response to said Declaration, BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Southport that the following prohibitions and restrictions are hereby adopted and implemented within the City of Southport:

1. Restrict access to all public facilities to essential staff only. All public interaction shall be limited to the protocols adopted by the BOA on March 20, 2020.

2. Restrict public gatherings to groups of no more than 10 persons at all public parks and the waterfront, including all tours.

3. Reserve the right to impose further restrictions deemed necessary as the Pandemic progresses.

4. Effective Friday March 20, 2020, these restrictions are in addition to the protocols adopted by the BOA on March 19, 2020, and shall remain in

force until rescinded by the Mayor in collaboration with the Board of Aldermen.

This the 20th day of March 2020.

City of Southport

_______________________

Joseph P. Hatem, Mayor

ATTEST:

____________________________

City Clerk Michele Windham

All City of Southport Buildings will be closed Monday, March 23, 2020 until further notice.  Phone lines will remain open during normal business hours.  Payments can be placed in the City Hall mailbox.

THURSDAY, MARCH 19, 2020

PLANNING BOARD MEETING IS POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

In accordance with the CDC and its guidelines (regarding COVID-19) for large events and mass gatherings, the CDC recommends that until further notice, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

PLEASE CONTINUE TO CHECK OUR WEBSITE WITH UPDATES AT

WWW.CITYOFSOUTHPORT.COM

Tanya Shannon, Deputy Clerk

Special Called BOA Meeting, Thursday, March 19, at 2 PM, Southport Community Building

Mayor Hatem has called a special emergency meeting of the BOA to address COVID-19 response by the City. The meeting will be at the Community Building and attendance shall be limited inclusive of BOA and staff. The only item on the agenda is discussion of City’s response to the COVID-19 situation, including response plans and actions to be taken.

We are keeping with the current mandate for social distancing. We want to ensure that as many citizens as possible can view this discussion real-time, so we will be streaming the meeting on Facebook Live. We will also make the video available on the city website (www.southportnc.org) after the meeting.

Comments and questions may be submitted electronically after the meeting at www.southportnc.org/top-menu-items/contact and will be read into the record by the mayor in the following BOA meeting.

Please keep in mind that the city is currently working on an enhanced end-to-end video streaming solution for government meetings. The video strategy for tomorrow’s meeting is a stop-gap solution to support our critical communication needs at this time.

The City of Southport Parks and Recreation Before and After School Program will follow the Brunswick County School schedule and will be closed until March 30, 2020

COVID-19: Colleges, Universities, Schools and Childcare Facilities

3/14/2020 UPDATE: In following the guidance of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper, Brunswick County Schools will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th, until March 30th, 2020.

Monday, March 16th will be an optional workday for staff.
We will have more information for students, parents, staff and community members as soon as possible.
This is an evolving situation and we are dedicated to making sure students remain healthy and engaged during this time frame.

Brunswick County Schools

Is my pet at risk from the COVID-19 coronavirus, or will my pet infect me?

The CDC says that, at present, there is no evidence to suggest that dogs or cats will become a source of infection of COVID-19.

Your pet is NOT A RISK to you and is NOT AT RISK from the virus.

 On 2.28.20 it was reported that Hong Kong authorities quarantined a dog after samples from the dog’s nasal cavity and mouth tested “weak positive” for the virus. The dog’s owner had tested positive for COVID-19. Currently, the dog is not showing signs of illness and will be tested again. It is unknown if the detected presence of the virus is due to infection or environmental contamination. We will continue to provide updates.

It’s important to remember that viruses can sometimes infect a species but not cause illness in that species, nor become transmissible to others.

As far as realistic risk factors—if, for instance, your dog is usually at home and doesn’t contact other dogs or people and no one in your household has the COVID-19 coronavirus, the odds that your pet would become sick—IF the virus is determined to be transmittable to animals—are highly unlikely.

It is still recommended that people who are sick with COVID-19 avoid contact with animals out of an abundance of caution.

It is always a good idea to wash your hands with soap and water after contact with pets to help avoid transmission of more common illness-causing agents, such as E. coli and Salmonella.

To protect your pet from respiratory diseases, vaccinate your pet for Bordetella, parainfluenza and canine influenza, which are the most common vaccine-preventable respiratory diseases in pets.

Keep your pets fully immunized at all times. Your veterinarian can help you determine which vaccines your pet should have, based on its risk factors.