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Land: Richmond County continues COVID safety measures

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ROCKINGHAM — “We’re continuing to do everything in our control to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Richmond County,” said County Manager Bryan Land, in a monthly update to the Board of Commissioners Tuesday evening.

The county has implemented kiosk temperature measuring stations which ensure everyone coming into county buildings have their temperature measured prior to entry. 

“They seem to be considerably more accurate than the handheld devices we were using previously,” Land said.

Additionally, these stations have eliminated the need for close interaction with employees and are hands-free and completely automated. COVID barriers and hand sanitizer dispensers have been installed and are being utilized. Land indicated these added measures are working very well to help keep the staff and other citizens safe.

“We continue to follow Gov. Roy Cooper’s and the CDC recommendations on opening fully to our citizens,” Land said.

The COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Richmond County and Land said both he and Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell believe much of the recent increases in positive cases in our county are a result of increased testing.

According to Land, testing has more than doubled over the last 60 days. He went further to note individuals not following recommendations, summer travel and family vacations have also played a factor in the increase in positive cases.

As of Thursday, Richmond County has had 505 positive cases. 399 of those affected have since recovered and the county currently has 97 active cases with four new positive cases reported Thursday. There are three people hospitalized at this time and there have been nine deaths attributed to COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Land also reported on economic news announcing that the Tartan Boat plant demolition project has been awarded to Myrick Construction. This project is being funded by a $75,000 grant.

Following demo and clean up, Global Packaging plans to erect a new warehousing facility on the site south of Hamlet.

The 50,000 square foot building expansion at Direct Pack on Airport Road is beginning to take shape with the structural steel now in place. This project is being constructed by Southern Builders of Rockingham.

Land said that the solid waste transfer station will be closed for renovations Sept. 3-7 and is slated to reopen on Sept. 8.

Richmond County currently sits at 73rd out of the 100 counties in North Carolina in Census completion. At the present time only 50% of Richmond County’s residents have returned their Census forms. Land urged residents to complete their questionnaires and return them soon in order to ensure Richmond County gets its fair share of funding in the coming years.

“It’s an extremely important tool that is utilized in gauging the amount of funding we will receive going forward in Richmond County,” he said.

The county plans to begin door-to-door canvassing in the near future to try and boost participation ahead of the Oct. 31 deadline.

If you have lost your form, you can call 844-33-2020 or visit on the internet to complete your census entry.