Burke County Chamber of Commerce

All North Carolinians can prepare for COVID-19 by getting the latest information directly from reliable sources. The COVID-19 outbreak has been accompanied by a flood of misinformation from unreliable sources. As our community responds to COVID-19, our staff are monitoring the situation and working to bring you information and resources. Please watch this page for news updates and emerging resources.

As American businesses begin to open again, it’s important we continue to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep members of our communities healthy and safe. Wearing a cloth face covering, practicing social distancing, and washing your hands are good practices that will continue to protect us and our neighbors as our economy reopens.

NCDHHS Updates 

NEW RESOURCEPartner COVID-19 Testing Toolkit (English and Spanish) guides community partners (e.g. schools, churches etc.) through the steps to host a testing event, what resources are available, and how to work with a medical partner.  Read more about the Partner COVID Testing Toolkit here.

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

NC Government Response

North Carolina Pauses in Safer At Home Phase 2, Adds Statewide Requirement for Face Coverings. As trends move in the wrong direction, NC will not yet move into Phase 3. For specific questions or concerns related to COVID-19, dial 211 or 888-892-1162. In the event of an emergency, please call 911.

Local Health Updates

NC Chamber

NC Department of Health & Human Services

NC Restaurant & Lodging Association (NCRLA)

As North Carolina’s restaurants, hotels, attractions and businesses reopen after the COVID-19 stay-at-home order, Count On Me NC is a mutual pledge and public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe and protected. https://countonmenc.org/

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention

NCWorks

Many North Carolinians have become unemployed or had their hours reduced as a result of COVID-19 (the coronavirus pandemic). At the same time, certain businesses across North Carolina need to find new employees quickly because of increased demand. Learn more about who’s hiring and get connected to new job opportunities.

NC Commerce

Occupational Safety and Health Administration

American Industrial Hygiene Association

WPCC Small Business Center

EMPLOYMENT SECURITY

NC Division of Employment Security. Employers can find info regarding unemployment insurance from the NC Department of Commerce, Division of Employment Security. Contact the DES Employer Call Center with any questions or concerns: 866.278.3822. Individuals who want to apply for Unemployment can contact: https://des.nc.gov/apply-unemployment  or 888.737.0259.

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