March 30th Update

>On March 27th Governor Cooper Issued a Stay in Place Order effective March 30th.
To read the executive order click here

>Not sure what an “essential business” refers to in the executive order? Click Here

>Section by Section Explanation of the Corona virus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus. (CARES) Click Here

>Summary of the emergency appropriations for corona virus health response and agency operations. Click Here to Read

>Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application
The SBA is working diligently to process SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) while making the process as user-friendly and easy as possible for you.

Given the fluidity of the current environment, SBA wants to ensure you have a way to fill out and submit your EIDL application should technical issues arise.

For more information visit: Click Here>EIDL Assistance

>Now Available SBA Express Bridge Loans Pilot Program

The Express Bridge Loans (EBL) Pilot Program allows SBA Express Lenders to provide expedited financing to small businesses located in declared disaster areas.  The EBL Pilot Program is intended to serve as an interim loan.  Businesses may use these funds for disaster-related purposes while they apply for and await long-term financing.

Loan Details:

Maximum Loan Amount: Up to $25,000

Maximum Term: Up to 7 years

Only lenders that were already participating in the SBA Express Program at the time of the COVID-19 disaster can issue an EBL.

Traditionally, EBLs can only be made up to six months after the date of an applicable Presidential Disaster Declaration however, for the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration, EBLs can be approved through March 13, 2021.

Fore More Information Visit: EBL Information

>United Community Bank Webinar Monday March 30th 4 PM: A webinar for UCB customers will be held today at 4 pm. Customers can register here

>The Corona Virus Emergency Loans Small Business Guide and Checklist takes a small business step-by-step through the process of preparing to file for a loan.

>This interactive map shows how much aid is available under the Small Business Paycheck Protection Program to help small businesses in each state

>Mitchell County Health Department Latest Update March 30th:
First of all, I would like to say thank you to our Facebook family. Thank you for your kind words and prayers, we greatly appreciate them. Secondly, I apologize for the length of this post. We just needed to get some (hopefully) helpful information out.
The test results that came back over the weekend were all negative, so no new cases for the district.
To our valuable summer home friends and family, our health district is strongly recommending that you remain where you are.
We take great pride in providing the best services that we can. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic is making its way through our great state and country. At this time it is in the best interest of our part-time friends and family to stay where they are so our limited resources will not become more strained.

This is not required, but we are asking you to stay in your home state and county. For those who do return to their second homes, we are requesting that you undergo a 14 day isolation period. (See what a 14-day isolation looks like below) You should also know that North Carolina is currently under a Stay at Home Executive Order that will last until April 29.
There are several grocery stores that are doing curbside pick-up and some will even deliver to your home.
Unfortunately, our limited resources will become strained should we see the typical influx of second home families.

While we currently have 1 case in Mitchell Co (the same case we have had) and 0 cases in Avery and Yancey.
It is medical professionals’ opinion that it is only a matter of time before we start having positive cases here. Please understand that just because we are not posting any positive cases yet that this is in some way lulling anyone into a false sense of security. We are just reporting the current state of the district, this will change, and at all times we should be conducting ourselves as though it is already here.
Should we have positive cases from other locations, their local health department is supposed to contact our local health department. Currently, we have had no calls that this has happened.
We will continue to serve all our citizens, but we must make you aware of the situation and resources at hand.

As always, we strive to get you the latest information. Should you need immediate medical attention contact 911. Should you have a medical question that needs immediate attention contact your local health care provider or your local health department.
We try to answer questions on this site, but it may take a while to do so, and we may accidentally miss some due to the volume of workload. To ensure that your questions get a timely response, please contact your local health department.

Avery Co. Health Department (828)-733-6031
Mitchell Co. Health Department (828)-688-2371
Yancey Co. Health Department (828)-682-6118

What a 14-day isolation looks like
Do not go to any public places.
Stay home for 14 days, avoid contact with others.
Take your temperature twice a day, and watch for cough and trouble breathing.
Do not take any public transportation.
Keep your distance from others, six feet minimum.

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