Information about COVID-19

Monday, March 16, 2020

It is the mission of the city of Rocky Mount to advance the well-being, safety and quality of life for our community members, and we are in contact with local health agencies to monitor the spread of COVID-19. Coronavirus disease 2019, known as COVID-19, is a respiratory illness that was first detected in Wuhan, China and can spread from person to person, and be contracted when a person comes into contact with the virus on surfaces such as door handles and equipment.

On Tuesday, March 10, 2020, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in North Carolina as a result of the spread of the coronavirus and expects more cases of the virus to spread throughout the state. Currently, the risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 in North Carolina is still low. However, we encourage you to take the following preventative measures to help you remain healthy.

  • Frequent handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that are frequently touched.

  • Stay home if you are ill.

Symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, though may be more severe in some people, and can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Some cases can progress to pneumonia, multi-organ failure, and death. If you are sick or suspect you may have the virus, to keep from spreading illness to others, you are encouraged to stay home, except for seeking medical care, avoid public areas and do not use public transportation.

We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates when needed. Please follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/citybeat and Twitter at @cityofrockymtnc

Update: March 16, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Human Health and Services has recommended that organizers should cancel or postpone events that draw more than 100 people. In keeping with this request, we recognize that residents might be cautious about entering public spaces.

  • Please keep in mind the Business Services Center at 224 S. Franklin St. provides drive-thru service for utility and tax payments.

  • The city of Rocky Mount is taking precautions with its mass transit system, Tar River Transit, by maximizing opportunities for cleaning and disinfection of frequently touched surfaces.

  • Parks and Recreation youth and adult leagues are postponed until the declaration is rescinded.

  • All tournaments scheduled for the Rocky Mount Sports Complex have been cancelled until the declaration is rescinded.

  • All events scheduled at the Rocky Mount Event Center with gatherings of 100 or more people have been cancelled.

Mayor Roberson State of Emergency Press Conference

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