March 17 Update

NC Government: Governor Roy Cooper and members of the Coronavirus Task Force are holding a media briefing today at 2 pm. At that briefing, Governor Cooper will announce a new executive order in response to COVID-19 that closes restaurants and bars for dine-in customers but allows them to continue takeout and delivery orders. The executive order will also include an expansion of unemployment insurance to help North Carolina workers affected by COVID-19.

The order is expected to be effective by 5 pm today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

More information about the order and other updates on North Carolina’s response to COVID-19 will be available at today’s media briefing. The briefing is at 2 pm at Joint Force Headquarters, 1636 Gold Star Dr, Raleigh, NC 27607. View live stream here:

Mitchell County Transportation: Mitchell County Transportation is proud to partner with our local agencies. If you are a recipient of ANY local agency or program and need to get assistance in the way of a food box or any essential need please call us at 688-4715.

Mitchell County Senior Center: We continue to work closely with county administration, the health department and the Area Agency on Aging to determine how we can best serve our clients. Starting on Monday (March 16) we will prepare and send out Meals on Wheels to the client’s door only. We will prepare meals for drive thru clients at our side door and will be calling to see if we need to get food to those who normally ride transportation. All activities will be suspended until further notice. If you are a senior and have questions please feel free to call the center or contact via the Center’s Facebook page.

Mitchell County Health Department: Do you have questions about coronavirus and you don’t know who to ask? Do you wonder what the testing is like? Do you have questions about what you can do to keep your family safe? You can send your questions to and we’ll be happy to answer them on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you!

Mitchell County Schools: Attention Parents:
Mitchell County Schools will be distributing free meals to all students in Grades K-12, as well as children who have not yet started school. You do not have to qualify for free or reduced lunch to receive these meals. They are available to all students and we encourage students and parents to take advantage of this opportunity. This will be a “grab-and-go” meal that is pre-packaged and will include a lunch and breakfast. We are working on the plans for distribution and ask that you complete the brief survey below. We will send more information as to when the program begins (hopefully mid-week) and pick-up locations.

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