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Duplin County’s Weekly COVID-19 Update

 

Duplin County Health Department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) are launching new initiatives to expand COVID-19 testing and contact tracing across the state and help Duplin County families protect themselves and their neighbors. Testing and tracing are core public health measures and key components of North Carolina’s strategy to responsibly ease restrictions while continuing to slow the spread of the virus.

People in Duplin County can now access new online tools to determine if they should consider being tested for COVID-19 and find a nearby testing place. The tool will also help individuals monitor their symptoms if they have tested positive for or been exposed to COVID-19. In addition, NCDHHS launched a new platform to integrate contact tracing efforts across the state. Duplin County Health Department will transition over the next several weeks to use this specific software program for ongoing contact tracing work.

“There are a number of testing sites located within Duplin County so if you feel that you should be tested, then call your primary care provider or visit the new online tool to identify a local testing site,” said Tracey Simmons-Kornegay, Duplin County Health Director.

“These new COVID-19 testing tools and resources help North Carolinians have the support and information they need to take care of themselves and their loved ones,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen, M.D. “When more people get tested, and we all work alongside the COVID-19 Community Team to do our part with contact tracing, we can protect our loved ones and slow the spread of the virus.”

New Online Tools to Increase Access to Testing
Having more than tripled the amount of testing completed just a month ago, North Carolina continues to ramp up testing. The new online tools are intended to help people know if they may need a test, how to get a test, and monitor their own symptoms if advised to do so by a contact tracer. These tools include:

     Check My Symptoms (www.ncdhhs.gov/symptoms), a public website that allows people to enter their symptoms to determine if they should      consider getting tested for COVID-19. If a test is recommended, they will receive a link to a list of nearby testing sites via email or text.

     Find My Testing Place (www.ncdhhs.gov/TestingPlace), a public website that allows people to enter their county or ZIP code and access a list of nearby testing site locations online.

     COVID-19 Community Team Outreach (CCTO) Tool, a password-protected online software that helps people track their own symptoms if they have been advised to do so by the COVID-19 Community Team. It is also a platform that helps streamline and integrate contact tracing work across the state.

Expanded Contact Tracing Through The COVID-19 Community Team
Through contact tracing, the COVID-19 Community Team reaches out to people who may have recently come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 and connects them with the information and support needed to protect themselves and their loved ones.
It is important that people answer the call when the Community Team reaches out. Individuals being
contacted will get an initial text from the number 45394 or email from NC-ARIAS-NoReply@dhhs.nc.gov
with follow-up phone calls from Duplin County Health Department at 910-296-2130 or from NC
OUTREACH (844-628-7223). The Community Team will never ask for anyone’s Social Security Number,
bank or credit card numbers, or any other financial information at any time. Any information shared
during the call is a private health record and is strictly confidential.

Continued Prevention Measures
All North Carolinians should continue practicing their 3 Ws when they leave home: Wear. Wait. Wash.
      Wear a cloth face covering if you will be with other people.
      Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.
      Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

“If we all do our part, we can protect our family and neighbors and get back to enjoying things
like family gatherings, pastimes, and community events outside of our homes,” said NCDHHS Secretary
Mandy Cohen, M.D. “By working together, we will slow the spread of this virus.”
For more information on testing and contact tracing, please call Duplin County Health Department at
910-296-2130 ext 8160.

NCDHHS has provided the following:
      Frequently Asked Questions about Testing (covid19.ncdhhs.gov/Testing)
     Frequently Asked Questions about Contact Tracing (covid19.ncdhhs.gov/ContactTracing)
     Latest information on COVID-19, visit nc.gov/covid19

For more data and information about North Carolina’s testing strategy, visit the COVID-19 North
Carolina Dashboard: https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard.

As required by N.C.G.S.  159-12, notice is hereby given that the budget estimate for Duplin County for fiscal year 2020-21 was presented by the Budget Officer to the Board of Commissioners on Monday, May 18, 2020.  Pursuant to N.C.G.S 158-7.1(c) notice is also hereby given that the budget for the Duplin County Economic Development department for fiscal year 2020-21 is included in said budget.  A copy of both budgets are available for public inspection in the County Mangers office located at 224 Seminary Street, Kenansville.  The required Public Hearing on the 2020-21 budget including the Economic Development department’s budget will be held on Monday, June 1st, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lois G. Britt Agricultural Building in the Ed Emory Auditorium located at 165 Agricultural Drive, Kenansville, NC  28349

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Duplin County Board of Commissioners
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Davis H. Brinson, Clerk to the Board

May 13, 2020

Local, state, and federal agencies, along with Villari Foods, are taking action together
to protect Villari team members, mitigate further spread of COVID-19, and protect the food supply chain
following a recent outbreak at Villari Foods production facilities in Duplin County. An outbreak is defined
as two or more positive cases identified within the same facility.

In recent months, Villari Foods took the appropriate action steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, including
strict sanitization protocols, social distancing everywhere possible, daily temperature screenings, and
required use of face masks when inside the facility. Villari Foods and Duplin County Health Department
have been working together very closely, which has been instrumental in helping Villari Foods contain this
pandemic to the best of its ability.

Duplin County Health Department is leading the outbreak response, including contact tracing to
determine who may have been exposed to each positive COVID-19 case. The health department gathers
all the necessary information when there is a positive case identified to include their close contacts to
ensure each individual is following the CDC guidelines and are in isolation at home. Villari Foods will
continue to provide pay for team members unable to work when testing positive for COVID-19, recovering
from the disease, or because they have been asked to self-quarantine by the health department or other
medical professional.

To protect team members and the food supply, Villari Foods is following the interim COVID-19 guidance
for meat and poultry processing, processing workers and employers from the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
(https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/meat-poultry-processingworkers-
employers.html). Villari Foods aggressively continues to pursue initiatives that best protect
employees while they are at work. The company’s response efforts continue to evolve as new guidance
and supplies become available. Most recently, the company has implemented protective face shields for
production areas where physical distancing is not possible.

“We are grateful to have the support of local, state, and federal agencies through this unprecedented
time. Our goal is to protect the safety of our team members; this is crucial for us so we can continue to
help supply food for your tables,” said Joe Villari, CEO of Villari Foods.

For more information on North Carolina’s COVID-19 response and links to other guidance, please
visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/public-health/covid19. Also, the Duplin County Health
Department has a COVID-19 phone line (910-296-2130 ext. 8160) for questions only as no medical advice
or assessments are provided from this line. Villari Brothers’ COVID Coordinator can be reached at 910-
293-2157 ext. 6527.

April 27, 2020

Local, state, and federal agencies, along with turkey producer Butterball, LLC, are taking action together to protect employees, mitigate further spread of COVID-19, and protect the food supply following a recent outbreak at the Butterball production facility in Duplin County located near the town of Mt Olive. An outbreak is defined when there are two or more positive cases identified within the same facility.

In recent months Butterball took the appropriate action steps to slow the spread of COVID-19, including strict sanitization protocols, social distancing everywhere possible, daily temperature screenings and required use of surgical-style face masks when inside the facility. Butterball, LLC. and Duplin County Health Department have been working together with the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) and NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDACS) in addition to other local agencies such as Goshen Medical Center, local hospitals, and other local health departments.

Duplin County Health Department is leading the outbreak response, including contact tracing to determine who may have been exposed to each positive COVID-19 case. The health department gathers all the necessary information when there is a positive case identified to include their close contacts to ensure each individual is following the CDC guidelines and are in isolation at home. Butterball will continue to provide pay and benefits for employees unable to work while being tested for COVID-19, recovering from the disease or because they have been asked to self-quarantine by the health department or other medical professional.

To protect employees and the food supply, Butterball, LLC. is following the interim COVID-19 guidance for meat and poultry processing facilities, (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/meat-poultry-processing-workers-employers.html), from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Butterball continues to aggressively pursue initiatives that best protect employees while they are at work. The company’s response efforts continue to evolve as new guidance and supplies become available. Most recently, the company is sourcing protective face shields for production areas where physical distancing is not possible.

“We are pleased to have the support of local, state and federal agencies through this unprecedented time,” said Butterball President and CEO, Jay Jandrain. “Ensuring we have the proper safety and operational procedures in place to protect the safety of our team members is crucial for us to continue putting food on tables as the country responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

For more information on North Carolina’s COVID-19 response and links to other guidance, please visit https://www.nc.gov/covid19. Also, the Duplin County Health Department has a COVID-19 phone line (910-296-2130 ext. 8160) for questions only as no medical advice or assessments are provided from this line. Butterball, LLC. employees may contact the team member care line at 919-255-7610.

Due to the impact of COVID-19 on Duplin County residents and Governor Cooper’s Executive Order 124, Duplin County Water Department will not disconnect service to residential customers for non-payment for at least 60 days. We will not impose late fees during this, but we encourage customers to keep bill payments current, if possible, to avoid a large balance due once the deferment period has ended. 

Please note, our water bills are pre-printed with statements saying that service will be disconnected if bills are not paid by the due date; however, the enactment of payment leniency for utility bills is currently in effect. Please disregard the service disconnection statement on your Duplin County Water bill at this time.

North Carolina Baptists on Mission is partnering with Duplin County Government to provide a daily meal for school-aged children due to the absence of school
meal availability. Beginning Monday, April 6, 2020, a mid-day meal will be available to K-12 aged children at designated sites in the county. Coordination efforts are currently underway. Details about pick-up locations and times will be announced later this week.

Beginning March 24, 2020, Social Services will be closing the lobby to the public but will be providing curbside service to assist citizens with applying for services, making payments in cash, and assessing service needs.  Anyone needing assistance with applications will be able to come into the agency after meeting with outside staff.  This change will minimize exposure for clients and staff.  Residents are encouraged to contact the agency prior to coming to the agency in order to determine whether your needs can be met by phone or computer or to schedule an appointment.  You may also email us at duplindss@duplincountync.com.

  • Applications for Food and Nutrition Services and Medicaid can be completed online with ePass at https://epass.nc.gov/CitizenPortal/application.do .  Paper copies of the application can also be picked up through curbside service.  Assistance with applications can be provided at the agency if needed.
  • There is a drop box available on the left front-side of the building and can be utilized for dropping off applications or other paperwork for an employee.  Payments can also be left in the drop box in the form of check or money order and should be in a sealed envelope with your name, address, and date of birth written on the outside of the envelope.  Any payments in cash can be paid at curbside service as well.
  • Crisis Intervention (CIP) and Low Income Energy Assistance (LIEAP) applications can be completed by phone by contacting the 910-296-2372.
  • Please contact the following numbers if you need assistance or would like to schedule an appointment.
  • Main Number:   910-296-2200
  • Child abuse and neglect reports:  910-296-2200 or 910-271-4985
  • Adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation reports:  910-296-2200 or 910-271-4038.
  • Child Support:  910-296-2213.
  • Non emergency Transportation and Special Assistance:  910-296-2382.

Duplin County Animal Services
117 Middleton Cemetery Lane
Kenansville, NC 28349

(910) 296-2159

In the interest of public safety and the state executive order 117, we advise the following recommendations for Duplin County Animal Services.

  • All transporters need to remain in their vehicles and call 910-296-2159 or 910-289-7604, on arrival for assistance. Please do not enter the building. We will bring the animal out to you.
  • All potential adopters, only one person at a time walking through the building.
  • Anyone needing rabies vaccinations for your pet, leave your animal in the vehicle while we prepare your paperwork and process your payment. We will go to your vehicle to give the vaccine.
  • If you feel unwell or have a fever, do not enter the building. Call 910-296-2159 or 910-289-7604 for assistance.
  • All complaints should dial 910-296-2159 or 910-289-7604.In the event that you do not get an answer, please leave your address, name and callback number. We will call you back as soon as possible. If it is an emergency please dial 911.
  • If you are missing a pet, you may email a picture to dcanimals@duplincountync.com. If you feel that you need to check the shelter for yourself, we understand. Please be mindful of only one person at a time inside the building.
  • Rescues can view animals in our adoptable album. If you need to evaluate an animal, please call 910-296-2159 or 910-289-7604 for an appointment.