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From Mayor Dusch: face coverings required, Phase 2 paused
Friday, June 26, 2020

Statement from Concord Mayor Bill Dusch:

North Carolina pauses in Safer at Home Phase 2, adds Statewide requirement for face coverings

Revisions effective June 26 at 5 p.m.

June 26, 2020

 

"The COVID-19 numbers for Concord, Cabarrus County, and North Carolina are heading in the wrong direction. Since North Carolina moved into Phase 2 of lifting restrictions almost five weeks ago, the rate of positive tests over 14 days in Cabarrus County has risen from 5 percent to 10 percent. There have been 10 local COVID-related deaths since entering Phase 2 on May 22.

COVID-19 will continue to take more lives if we do not take steps now to stop the spread.

Scientific evidence shows that preventative measures such as hand washing and wearing face coverings are effective ways to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community by lowering risk of exposure to COVID-19.

The City Council and I thank Governor Roy Cooper and NCDHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen for announcing that coverings over the nose and mouth must be worn when people are in both indoor and outdoor public spaces across our state. This step, in addition to encouraging people to stay six feet apart, wash hands, and stay home when ill, will help each of us protect our families, friends and neighbor. It is also a necessary step to restore our economy, get people back to work, and get our children back to school.

Growing evidence shows that cloth face coverings, when worn consistently, can decrease the spread of COVID-19, especially among people who are not yet showing symptoms of the virus. One such study was recently published by scientists at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine. Please learn more at covid19.ncdhhs.gov.

I encourage businesses and local organizations to download templates for signs on face coverings here. Downloadable social media graphics are also available for use. Share your commitment with friends, family, and neighbors using the #Commit4Cabarrus hashtag on social media.

We are still in this together. Let's all do our part. It's up to us."

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Main article: NC Pauses in phase 2, face coverings required in public

Read the full Executive Order

Frequently asked questions

NCDHHS interim guidance on face coverings

 


From Mayor Dusch: Remember the Three Ws - Monday, May 11, 2020

Thank you for all you are doing to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Concord and Cabarrus County. Due to your diligence, we have been able to keep the growth in the number of COVID-19 infections to a level that has not over-stressed our health care system. At 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, North Carolina entered the first phase of eased restrictions, with the a modified statewide Stay at Home Order still in place.

Three simple steps are important to carry us through the coming weeks and months:

  1. Wear your mask when in public
  2. Wait 6 feet apart to maintain your social distance
  3. Wash your hands often (or use hand sanitizer if you are unable to wash your hands)

I would add one more important thing to this list of steps to remember: If you feel sick or have a fever, don’t go out.

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Statement from Concord Mayor Bill Dusch:

Cabarrus, municipalities to align with State Stay-at-Home Order
Community encouraged to proceed with caution and care

April 29, 2020

 

"Our region was one of the first areas of the State to experience the pandemic. As this occurred, Concord joined with Cabarrus County, the Cabarrus Health Alliance and the other municipalities in the County to form a local COVID-19 Task Force. Our goal was to determine how we could best ensure the safety of residents while making sure our healthcare system was not overburdened.

To do this, we implemented a Stay-at-Home Proclamation to limit the spread of the virus. With the help of the community, we have been able to limit the growth in the number of positive virus cases, bringing us now to the next step.

In reviewing the latest virus information, we decided to transition to Governor Cooper’s Statewide order after this afternoon’s expiration of the local Proclamation. This will continue to help us control the spread while avoiding the confusion multiple orders would create as we move through the phases of reopening the community in the future."

"As we prepare to emerge from the COVID-19 crisis and begin to take steps to open back up our community, it is important for us to align with Governor Cooper’s phased approach," added City Manager Lloyd Payne. "This will lessen the confusion for our citizens and keep us consistent with other local governments in our region."

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Main article: Cabarrus, municipalities to align with State Stay-at-Home Order


From Mayor Dusch: Quick local action to put federal dollars to work - Friday, April 24, 2020

As part of our annual budget preparation, each spring Concord City Council considers the distribution of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to benefit the community. Staff accepts grant applications from organizations meeting specific needs of vulnerable segments of our community.

At our April meeting, we completed the selection process for this year’s grant recipients. While deciding which organizations to receive the grants, the City learned of more than $400,000 in supplemental CDBG funds from the Coronavirus Aid and Economic Security (CARES) Act, provided to respond to the local effects of the coronavirus.

Within hours of this notification, City Manager Lloyd Payne engaged his staff to figure out the best way to use and quickly distribute these funds to help our city. The recently completed annual CDBG process provided a head start, allowing quick identification of eligible organizations that could meet requirements and best serve our community.

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COVID-19 community update from Mayor Dusch - Friday, April 10, 2020

In the past month, we have all been touched by the Coronavirus pandemic. Concord City Council and I want to thank you for all you are doing to slow the COVID-19 spread. Your efforts to follow the rules and maintain social distancing is working with our number of positive cases reflecting your efforts. As of this morning, we have had 95 active cases in Cabarrus County with 44 individuals recovered. We have 5 hospitalized and have had 1 death.

Why are these numbers important? It’s quite simple. Your efforts have resulted in Atrium Cabarrus maintaining the number of beds available for all the hospital needs for the members of our community.

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Statement from Concord Mayor Bill Dusch:

Cabarrus, municipalities announce revisions to Stay-at-Home Proclamation

Revisions effective March 31 at 5 p.m.

March 31, 2020

"Today, local governments in Cabarrus County updated the Stay-at-Home proclamation to align with Governor Cooper’s state-wide order that took effect Monday. We hope this reduces confusion for residents. The amended proclamation is available at concordnc.gov or cabarrushealth.org, along with an updated list of Frequency Asked Questions.

While these restrictions are very different than the lifestyle we are accustomed to, all of us doing our part is critical to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In another change, Governor Cooper signed a state-wide executive order today to prevent utilities from disconnecting service for those unable to pay bills for the next 60 days. The City of Concord took this step for its electric, water, and wastewater services on March 16 and applauds this decision.

The City Council and I, along with City management and staff, thank the community for all are you are doing to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Your efforts allow public safety, utilities, and all of our team members to continue supplying the critical services we all need. If you have concerns about a situation related to guidance for slowing the spread, please call 704-786-9155 to let the Concord Police non-emergency line know what you are seeing.

Again, thank you and please continue to spread the word, not the virus."

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Main article: Cabarrus, municipalities announce revisions to Stay at Home Proclamation

Frequently asked questions

Read the full Proclamation here

Additional updates


Statement from Concord Mayor Bill Dusch:

Cabarrus, municipalities announce Stay at Home Proclamation

Proclamation takes effect March 26 at 5 p.m. 

March 25, 2020

 

"We are saddened to hear that a neighbor here in Cabarrus County has been counted as one of North Carolina’s first coronavirus deaths. Our hearts go out to the family dealing with this loss.

The City Council and I thank members of the community for doing their part to help slow the spread of this horrible virus. These are stressful times for everyone, and as protective measures have been added, many of you have responded in helpful ways. The latest step--a stay at home order that takes effect Thursday at 5 p.m.--is critical to minimize our exposure to COVID-19.

Remember, when you do your part, you will keep yourself safe as well as our health care workers, first responders, and others providing critical services. You can and will make a difference."

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Main article: Cabarrus, municipalities announce Stay at Home Proclamation

Frequently asked questions

Read the full Proclamation here

Additional updates


Statement from Concord Mayor Bill Dusch:

State of Emergency declarations announced by Cabarrus County and local municipalities

Declarations support government and public health efforts for COVID-19 preparation, response, and recovery 

March 19, 2020

 

"Today, Concord, Cabarrus County and the other municipalities in our County are declaring a State of Emergency due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. This unprecedented health emergency has required all of us to make major changes in our lives in order to minimize the spread of the virus in our community. The City Council and I, along with City Management and staff, want you to know that we are doing all we can to get us through this crisis. This Declaration will give Concord additional resources today and in the future to combat the effects on our community, both physically and financially.

Our City is proud to serve you and we will continue doing all we can to keep your essential services going—keeping your lights on, water flowing, and trash collected along with continued Police, Fire and Aviation services.  As we move forward, some non-essential services may be discontinued and we will make sure you stay informed if there are changes.

Please join us in the effort to slow the spread. You can do your part to help neighbors, friends, and family by following all the information being shared by our local, state, and federal agencies. Please make practical purchases and avoid stockpiling of supplies and food. I urge you to do whatever is advised to minimize the spread of the virus.

The City Council and I are proud of you, and know we will all work together to get through these difficult times."

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Main article: State of Emergency declarations announced by Cabarrus County and local municipalities

City of Concord signed Declaration Proclaiming a Local State of Emergency

Slow the Spread of COVID-19 in Concord