The NC Department of Health and Human Services is asking people to remember these three things as we stay strong and continue to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19.
If you leave home, practice your Ws: Wear, Wait, Wash
Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people
Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.
All North Carolinians are encouraged to share this message in their businesses and through their organizations to protect our families and neighbors as the state takes a cautious step forward while the virus is still circulating.
Gov. Cooper issued Executive Order 139, which provides additional regulatory flexibility to help ensure capacity in the state’s health care system and improve its ability to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
North Carolina is working with local manufacturers to shift their production to make critical medical supplies. The state’s Task Force for Emergency Repurposing of Manufacturing has partnered with the N.C. Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Carolina Textile District and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina to identify and collaborate with manufacturers statewide who are able to pivot their operations to produce critical personal protective equipment.
As of Monday, May 11, 9,115 patients are presumed to be recovered from COVID-19, according to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services' COVID-19 Dashboard. Learn how this total is calculated in this summary.
Since May 8, teams delivered personal protective equipment to 52 counties and four healthcare coalitions. Shipments included masks, gloves, face shields, goggles, hair and shoe covers, as well as a few gowns. Additionally, the N.C. National Guard has helped distribute more than 870,000 meals for food banks and more than 97,000 meals for schools.
Visit North Carolinais producing regular free webinars that you can join or view at a convenient time. They also keep an updated list of business relief resources, advocacy partners,and more.
In partnership with Inc. Magazine and Comcast, CO— is hosting weekly virtual townhalls to help small business owners and sole proprietors navigate financial aid and support programs and answer common questions. Register to attend the next virtual town hall.
CO— is hosting a weekly webinar series to help small businesses learn skills and new approaches to keep business going. Each week will feature a different, highly relevant topic and top experts. Register for the next webinar.
Supply Chain and PPE Supplies
Find the Manufacturer or Supplier for your business needs at ManufacturedNC:
This database of supplierscontains every kind of thing produced in NC. Whether you’re a manufacturer who wants to localize your supply chain or a business searching for packaging suppliers, you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for here.
Custom Made Sneeze Guards Locally Made byFrye's Sign Company
ContactGayle Frye at Frye's Sign Company: 828-758-9586
If you suspect that you may have COVID-19, APHRS has arranged a safe, convenient, and cost-effective option for your screening, so that you can avoid unnecessary hospital or clinic visits. Start with a screening through a virtual physician visit for just $49.
Donated Supplies, like N95 respirator masks, can be dropped-off at the front entrance of Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Linville or the security checkpoint at Watauga Medical Center in Boone.
If you have any questions, or to receive a gift receipt for your donation, please contact: Brian Whitfield at email@example.com or
ARHS is accepting donations of personal protective equipment including:
Medical grade surgical and procedure masks
N95 respirator masks
Homemade cloth face coverings
Rock United Relief Fund Tops $100,000
The Village Foundation of Blowing Rockrecently announced that the Rock United Relief Fund has exceeded $107,094 in donations and that it has received and reviewed 44 grant requests from small businesses in Blowing Rock. The specially formed Grants Review Committee (Tim Hilton, chair, Charlie Sellers, J B Lawrence, Carol Dabbs and Tim Gupton) has approved, to date, grant requests totaling $97,250. Tim Hilton, speaking for the Grants Review Committee, stated that “this process has been both a humbling experience and a true joy to be able to help so many local businesses”.
Blowing Rock Farmers Market Season Starts May 21st!
The Blowing Rock Farmers Market returns Thursday, May 21st from 3p-6pm on Park Ave. The Farmers Market will be every Thursday till September 24th.
The Blowing Rock Farmers Market will include familiar vendors including Summer Fresh Flower Farm, Trebuchet Hill, Blue Goat Dairy, as well as new vendors this year, BFR Beef and B & L Farms Produce.
The Town of Blowing Rock plans to make public restrooms at Memorial Park available this weekend for downtown visitors. The restrooms will be cleaned and stocked several times each day they are open, starting on Saturday.
Six Pence Pubwill reopen for curbside and takeout Friday May 15th! Call ahead to order - 828-295-3155
Home sales slow during month of stay-at-home
While overall sales are down, prices are up. The median sold price for homes sold in April was $234,500. In April 2019 it was $227,000. Through April the median sold price for the year was $235,000. This time last year it was $227,000.
Chef & Somm
Check out this week's take out menu on the Chef & Somm website. Click "Shop Now" to order online for Thursday through Saturday or call 828.414.9989
Storie Street Grill
Storie Street Grille is back! They will be open Wednesday - Saturday 11:30am - 8pm. Take-out window or curbside available. They have family style meals, a new fresh menu with online ordering coming soon!