Virus reroutes routine for local governments

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The coronavirus may not have spread in Person County as it has in other parts of North Carolina, but the virus is forcing some changes in the county.
Person County governmental buildings will remain closed until April 29 and the Roxboro City Council is planning to hold its next meeting remotely April 14.
County governmental buildings closed to the public at the end of the Person County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday, March 23 with the aim of being closed until April 6.
However, that closure will remain in place until at least April 29.
County Manager Heidi York said county operations continue during normal operating hours, but the public is encouraged to call the county’s departments.
The April 14 Roxboro City Council meeting will be held remotely via Zoom.
“We’re still working out the details, but we know we’re using Zoom as our platform,” said City Manager Brooks Lockhart. “There’s a lot of particulars on that. We’ve been working with Chris Puryear with Person County IT how best to do that.”
Citizens wishing to participate in the public hearing on a special use permit request for 437 Mt. Bethel Church St. to convert an existing residential structure for use as a public daycare facility will be able to participate remotely.
Lockhart said there have been no concrete decisions on how the April 21 and 27 budget work sessions will be held.
Following Gov. Roy Cooper’s Wednesday, March 31 Executive Order, the City of Roxboro will not be disconnecting water or sewer service or assessing late fees. City council had already approved that move prior to Cooper’s order.
The order is in effect for 60 days following the March 31 issue date.
As of Friday afternoon, North Carolina has 2,093 confirmed COVID-19 cases, 259 hospitalizations and 19 deaths.
Person County has two confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no deaths.
According to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, 31,598 tests have been completed statewide.
More detailed information on the demographic breakdown of COVID-19 cases in North Carolina can be found at ncdhhs.gov/covid-19-case-count-nc.

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