Thursday, 26 March 2020 19:24

No curfew currently in place for Richmond County; Moore County announces third COVID-19 case

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ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County does not have a curfew, according to local officials.

The confusion began when a screenshot from a Richmond Observer story started circulating on social media.

The section of the story in that screenshot was referring to Chesterfield County, South Carolina. That story was later clarified.

After the RO made a Facebook post addressing the issue, many people commented that they called the local sheriff’s office and were told that there was a curfew from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chief Deputy Mark Gulledge of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday that there is no curfew in effect.

The Richmond County government also said that there is no curfew in its daily update on the COVID-19 pandemic and on its Facebook page.

The update also noted that, as of 2 p.m., there are still no confirmed coronavirus cases in the county.

Out of 143 tests performed, the 51 that have been returned have all been negative.

The total number of confirmed cases statewide was up to 636 when the Department of Health and Human Services updated the statistics at 12:36 p.m. There have been 12,910 individuals tested in North Carolina since the state began keeping track.

Moore County announced its third case on Thursday, saying that it is not related to the previous two cases —  which include a FirstHealth physician —  but is linked to out-of-state travel.

In addition to Richmond and Anson, there are 37 counties with no confirmed cases. Many of those are in the mountains, along the Virginia border, or along the coast in the northeast corner of the state.

Those counties are also rural and sparsely populated.

The highest number of cases are in urban areas, with Mecklenburg County leading the state with more than 180.

While there is no curfew in Richmond County and no statewide shelter-in-place order, several areas have instituted such measures in an effort to “flatten the curve” of the spread of COVID-19.