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County Declares State of Emergency in Response to COVID-19

Mar 16, 2020

Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Marshall Faircloth today declared a State of Emergency in response to COVID-19. There are currently no presumptive or confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Cumberland County.

“Although we do not have a positive case of the infection right now in Cumberland County, we are preparing for that day and this is a proactive measure to ensure we have the flexibility and resources needed,” Faircloth said during a press conference. The declaration will activate the County’s Emergency Operations Center for as long as required and authorize the County to take appropriate action to protect the public welfare.

“This may mean alterations in County services and programs. We will keep the public updated on any changes through the COVID-19 webpage on our website at co.cumberland.nc.us and our social media platforms,” Faircloth said.

If residents believe they have symptoms of COVID-19, they can call Cape Fear Valley Health System’s nurses’ line at 910-615-LINK (5465).  If residents have questions about COVID-19, they can call 1-866-462-3821.

In addition, the County has opened a general Cumberland Information Line at 910-678-7657 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays to handle calls regarding County services.

County Response
County Manager Amy Cannon has suspended all County employee travel and all events unless they are mandatory in nature for the next two weeks. The County has postponed its six-week Citizens’ Academy scheduled to start March 24 and all programming at the Cumberland County Public Library. The eight libraries will remain open for normal business hours. Meetings by other organizations that are scheduled at the Department of Social Services and the Department of Public Health in their meetings rooms will be cancelled for the next two weeks.

Court System Information
On March 13, Chief Justice Cheri Beasley entered an order implementing measures designed to curb the spread of COVID-19 and minimize the risk of exposure caused by crowded sessions of court. The Governor thereafter issued an Executive Order on March 14. These orders were issued with the health and safety of all citizens in mind.  All cases currently scheduled between March 16 and April 17 and district court proceedings of the Twelfth Judicial District will be rescheduled for at least 30 days, with limited exceptions. Information on the court schedule and the limited operations is posted on the county website at co.cumberland.nc.us.

We encourage the public to seek information from credible sources including the Cumberland County COVID-19 webpage at co.cumberland.nc.us/covid19 and the NC DHHS website at ncdhhs.gov.