Keep on keeping on. We are all being called on to do our part at this time – and for more than just ourselves – it’s about our kids and their families, our friends, the community at large, and all of us doing our part to keep ourselves and others safe.  
FACE MASKS
Based on recommendations from the CDC and Joint Commission, ALL STAFF must now wear a mask at work, as tolerated.
What does that mean?
When you are at work, you need to wear a mask unless there is a specific reason you cannot wear one at that moment (i.e., you are eating), or you are alone in an office.
I don’t have a mask, where do I get one?
We now have a supply of plenty of masks, which will be distributed to all office locations this weekend. If you need a mask, please let your supervisor know and they will coordinate getting one to you.
What else do I need to know about the masks?
STAY-AT-HOME RESTRICTIONS & A PLAN FORWARD
Did I hear the stay-at-home was extended?
Yes. Governor Cooper announced yesterday the stay-at-home order is extended until May 8. Schools will remain closed until May 15.
What is the state waiting for to ease restrictions?
The numbers need to decline – a number of confirmed infections (positive tests)and hospitalizations – for a 14-day period. Although these rates have slowed, we have not yet seen a decrease. To learn more about the Governor’s plan to re-open the state, watch here starting at about 30 minutes in, or read the full statement here.
Aren’t things getting better? I thought the curve was flattening?
Watch this explanation from NC DHHS Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen about the difference between flattening the curve and a downward trajectory in cases.
So what does that mean I should be doing?
Exactly what you ARE doing. KEEP IT UP because the social distancing, mask wearing, hand washing, and other precautions are working. We just need to make sure we don’t slide backwards.
Can we bring the kids in the group homes out to places like WalMart now?
No. The stay-at-home order is still in effect until May 8, and the restrictions for congregate care will extend well beyond that date.
When will this end?
There is a 3-Phase plan outlined by Governor Cooper, which will begin once PPE is widely available and the criteria of a 14-day decline in hospitalizations and infection rates is met. Here’s an outline of the plan:
Phase 1 (following 14-day requirement above)
  • Stay at Home order remains in place, but will be modified to allow people to leave home for commercial activity
  • Retailers and services will need to implement social distancing, cleaning and other protocols
  • Gatherings still limited to no more than 10 people
  • Parks can re-open
  • Restrictions remain in place for nursing homes and other congregate living settings
  • Encourage continued teleworking
Phase 2 (2-3 weeks after Phase 1)
  • Lift Stay at Home order with strong encouragement for vulnerable populations to continue staying at home
  • Allow limited opening of restaurants, bars, and other businesses that can follow strict safety protocols (capacity in those establishments will be limited)
  • Allow gathering at houses of worship and entertainment venues at reduced capacity
  • Increase in number of people allowed at gatherings
  • Open public playgrounds
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and congregant care settings
Phase 3 (4-6 weeks after Phase 2)
  • Lessen restrictions for vulnerable populations with encouragement to continue practicing physical distancing
  • Allow increased capacity at restaurants, bars, other businesses, houses of worship, and entertainment venues
  • Further increase the number of people allowed at gatherings
  • Continue rigorous restrictions on nursing homes and congregant care settings