Yearly Archives: 2020

Give a state agency a hammer – then everything becomes a nail

OPINION RALEIGH – The County Compass thanks reader Kim Cotten-West of Plymouth for her recent ALERT, which can be seen here. Kim describes a proposed attempt by the Executive Director of our state Board of Elections – a non-elected official – to broaden her authority to change the rules governing our electoral process. This is being done under the guise of ‘emergency powers’ prompted by the recent pandemic. Kim asks that you register your public comments before an April 20 cutoff. Here are brief comments filed by Jeff Aydelette, publisher of the County Compass newspaper: Emergency powers ar…

White House guidance to governors on reopening economy amid COVID-19

This document distributed to governors by the White House on Thursday lays out a phased recommended approach for states to ease up on social distancing guidelines in areas that have strong testing and see a decrease in COVID-19 cases. Click Here to Read the Document a[rel~="mtli_filesize38MB"]:after {content:" (3.8 MB)"}…

Murphy Calls for Clean Bill to Replenish PPP

Greenville, N.C. – Earlier today, funds for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) officially ran out. The $349 billion small business assistance program is a part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress on March 27, 2020. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell filed a unanimous consent request in the Senate to immediately add $250 billion to the PPP in a clean bill, which was blocked by Democrats. Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) released the following statement in response: “Small businesses in eastern North Carolina are hurt…

Two of the Three current active positive COVID-19 Cases have Recovered

Two (2) of the Three (3) current active positive COVID-19 Cases in Pamlico County have been deemed by Public Health officials as RECOVERED and are off required isolation measures. The necessary isolation requirements are being free of COVID-19 symptoms and fever without fever reducing medications for a minimum of 72 consecutive hours.The recovered patients are now able to continue with daily functions. These positive cases of COVID-19 were determined to be related to travel outside of Pamlico County along with direct contact of other positive COVID-19 person(s) .Contact tracing cond…

Update on Direct Payments for North Carolinians

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Test kits might shorten economic shutdown

At home finger prick could reveal if person has had virus RALEIGH – An antibody study of a representative sample of the population is actively underway in North Carolina, led by pioneering research from experts at Wake Forest Baptist Health. The General Assembly-funded study will provide data to help legislators make decisions in the coming weeks. The funding comes from the legislature’s existing discretionary account that is used to pay for legislative operations and business. In support of the groundbreaking public health research, the legislature is providing $100,000 from its acc…
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