State officials call Phase One ‘cautious step forward’

By John Trump | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper is easing restrictions on North Carolinians because of COVID-19, but the stay-at-home order remains in place. Cooper said Tuesday, May, 5, that he signed an executive order allowing the state to enter Phase One of a plan to reopen the state, though restaurants, private clubs, hair salons, and gyms will remain closed. “We are easing restrictions in a data-driven way,” Cooper said in a news conference. Phase One begins Friday at 5 p.m., and Phase Two, which further eases restrictions, could begin May 22, if key metrics regar…

ReOpenNC rally continues

Police on rooftops. Drones surveill No flags at Governor’s Mansion By Raynor James | Coastal Carolina Taxpayers Association RALEIGH – We gathered in the parking lot on Jones Street. Media types came over and interviewed people. My husband Hal was interviewed four or five times (maybe more). There was lively music playing. There were supposed to be portable toilets there, but we were told that the permit for them had been denied, so there were no facilities of that sort. One man told us he had asked a police officer about it, and was told that “public urination” would be a cause for ar…

Pamlico County Identifies Eighth Case of COVID-19

Pamlico County, NC- On May 1st, 2020 at 12:00 hours the Pamlico County Health Department received confirmation of a positive test result regarding a citizen who was tested for Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) on April 28th , 2020. The individual has been in isolation since the test date. Pamlico County currently has Two (2) persons under investigation for Positive Test Results and Six (6) persons in a RECOVERED st at us. Pam lico County Health Department and the Pamlico County COVID-19 Task Force are working at this time to conduct cont act tracing under State Protocols to make sure anyone who cam…

Oriental restaurant attempts to re-open

  ORIENTAL – When you say a prayer for the return of Freedom in our country, be sure to include blessings for Oriental restaurant owner, Brantley Norman. Jr. Thursday, Norman attempted to re-open his popular restaurant, only to be shut down by local authorities after having served breakfast and lunch to dozens of appreciative patrons – most of whom were practicing ‘social distancing.’ Embracing principals envisioned by our Founding Fathers, Mr. Norman defied an Executive Order promulgated more than six weeks ago by Gov. Roy Cooper. In an exclusive interview with this newspaper – con…

New ‘guidance’ in Oriental allows some to re-open

By Diane Miller ORIENTAL – The guidance we distributed to all businesses who asked was to find if (a) they were directly named by the order(s): restaurants, theaters, gyms, etc. If not directly named, we advised that they could absolutely contact the NC Dept of Revenue and get a determination. This morning, additional guidance was given from legal counsel: any business (other than those expressly prohibited by Governor’s Executive Orders) can be open IF they can maintain the social distancing required, and limitation on number of patrons (addressed in both Executive Order 121 and Executi…

Evidence points to virus as deadly Chinese lab blunder!

Stranger than science fiction ‘Gain of Function’ experiments get sloppy By Eric Noevere Recently, Fox News correspondent Brett Hume reported that the Covid 19 outbreak appears to have originated by accidental release from a Level 4 Biological Research Lab. A worker there apparently was the source of the original case that started the Wuhan Covid 19 pandemic. This worker apparently had not visited the Seafood Market where the Chinese Government says the outbreak originated – supposedly from infected bats. The US National Institute of Health has reportedly been funding research at the Wu…

Pamlico County Identifies Seventh Case of COVID-19

Pamlico County, NC– On April 24,2020 at 09 :00 hours the Pamlico County Health Department received confirmation of a positive test result regarding a citizen who was tested for Novel Coronavirus (COVID- 19) on April 22″d, 2020. The individual tested has been in isolation since the test date. Pamlico County Health Department and the Pamlico County COVID-19 Task Force are working at this time to conduct contact tracing under State Protocols to make sure anyone who came into close contact with this individual is quarantined/isolated.”Close Contact” is defined a…

Murphy Reacts to North Carolina Stay at Home Order Extension

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Greg Murphy, M.D. (NC-03) issued the following statement after Governor Roy Cooper announced he is extending the stay at home order for the state of North Carolina until May 8. The previous stay at home order was set to expire on April 29. “First and foremost, as a physician and a member of Congress, the health and well-being of North Carolinians has been and continues to be the single most important factor to me during this pandemic. We are in uncharted clinical waters but, given the interventions enacted so far, we have fared very well. Social distancing has beco…

Current (1) active case has recovered

The one (1) current active positive COVID-19 Case in Pamlico County has been deemed by Public Health officials as RECOVERED and are off required isolation measures.The criteria for release for Isolation and Quarantine of confirmed or suspected cases is as follows: Patient has been on Isolation for seven days with improving symptoms and without fever for at least 72 hours or greater without using fever reducing medicine or Patient has absent of fever (without fever reducing medication) improvement of respiratory symptoms, and 2 negative test results conducted on specimens collected at…

Update on Direct Payments for North Carolinians

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…
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