Here’s a round up of COVID-19 related news for 3-20-20. See our Coronavirus Resource Guide for extensive resources and information.
ART buses will be fare-free
The City of Asheville announced that ART buses will be fare-free starting today through April 5th. Downtown street parking and city parking garage fees will also be waived during this time.
Bipartisan COVID-19 House Committee to Work Remotely with Crisis Policy Working Groups; Fisher, McGrady and Turner appointed
The Office of State House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) announced formation of the bipartisan North Carolina House Select Committee on COVID-19 today that will meet remotely through crisis policy working groups to prepare immediate and long-term legislative responses to the developing crisis. Representatives Chuck McGrady and Brian Turner will serve on the Economic Support Working Group and Rep. Susan Fisher will serve on the Education Working Group.
The state House Select Committee on COVID-19’s charge includes addressing “documented and anticipated economic impacts associated with the spread of COVID-19 virus on North Carolina’s economy, including workforce dislocation, health system resource management, declined consumer activity, and temporary industry contraction.”
Groups will begin meeting virtually next week.
Meetings will be streamed through the North Carolina General Assembly’s audio system. And members of the public can sign up for committee notices and will be able to access documents during the remote meetings on the committee’s website that will be hosted at http://www.ncleg.net
Duke Energy supports for customers; community
Duke Energy remains committed to working with all customers who need assistance with their energy bills to avoid creating additional hardships for them. Yesterday, Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress filed a request with the North Carolina Utilities Commission for several areas of relief for our customers including:
The company also announced $1.3 million in donations (company-wide) by The Duke Energy Foundation to support hunger relief and help local health and human service nonprofits across its service territories, including those providing meals to children and families impacted by school closures.
Locally, Duke Energy committed $20,000 to MANNA Foodbank and directed that investment to support hunger relief in each of the counties I’m fortunate enough to serve: Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Madison, Mitchell and Yancey counties. “A special thanks to Hannah Randall and her team for helping feed families across our region. MANNA FoodBank serves the 16 counties of Western North Carolina and distributes food through 200+ partner agencies. We are grateful for the work MANNA does to provide hunger relief locally.”
PARDEE DRIVE-THRU COVID-19 SCREENING SITE AT BLUE RIDGE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
The Pardee Drive-Thru COVID-19 Screening Site is currently closed today (Friday) through Sunday and plans on opening again on Monday, March 23rd or as soon as additional test kits are available.
If You or Anyone You Know Has Symptoms (like cough, fever, or other respiratory problems or you are concerned that you may have been exposed to COVID-19)
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