Press Release

Press Release

RALEIGH — (Tuesday), Gov. Roy Cooper announced that $85.4 million in federal funds provided for COVID-19 relief to counties will be disbursed this week. Three large counties, Guilford, Mecklenburg and Wake, have already received funds directly from the federal government, and 59 other counties that have completed certification will receive funds this week from the state-administered Coronavirus Relief Fund that was passed by Congress. Counties are encouraged to support municipalities with the funding as needed.

RALEIGH — Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now available online, and USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) staff members are available via phone, fax and online tools to help producers complete applications. The agency set up a call center in order to simplify how they serve new customers across the nation.

CHARLOTTE — Summer is just ahead — the perfect time of the year to enjoy the outdoors. But this year summer fun will be different due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina offers safety tips you can follow.

WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are determined eligible, to have their next payment set aside. In some cases, FSA may also set aside a second payment for farmers who have already had one payment set aside because of a prior designated disaster. 

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services unveiled an updated COVID-19 Dashboard. The interactive dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following to inform decisions to responsibly ease measures that slow the spread of the virus.

LAURINBURG — In addition to its many preventative measures and services geared towards reducing the spread of COVID-19, Scotland Memorial Hospital is now providing two new treatments for infected patients in the hope of shortening hospital stays and even saving lives.

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

MONROE — On May 1, 2020, President Donald Trump declared a major disaster in the State of South Carolina based on damages and losses caused by severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds that occurred April 12-13, 2020.  

CHARLOTTE — The American Red Cross is launching a Virtual Family Assistance Center to support families struggling with loss and grief due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is taking further action to prevent and respond to COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities.

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