North Carolina Coronavirus Updates — June 16, 2020 | Beaufort County Now | The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) has opened the application process for homeowners seeking federal housing funding for Florence repairs, offering additional support for families and businesses still struggling to rebuild. | governor, roy cooper, coronavirus, covid-19, weekly update, newsletter, june 17, 2020, cvd19

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

North Carolina Coronavirus Updates — June 16, 2020

Press Release:

Hurricane Recovery Application Goes Live


    The North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency (NCORR) has opened the application process for homeowners seeking federal housing funding for Florence repairs, offering additional support for families and businesses still struggling to rebuild.

    "The damaging impacts of Hurricanes Florence and Matthew can still be seen in many North Carolina communities today," said Gov. Cooper. "The Homeowner Recovery Program can help homeowners rebuild smarter and stronger to make them more resilient against future storms."

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) took 500 days after Hurricane Florence made landfall to issue the Federal Register Notice specifying requirements for using $542 million in CBDG-DR funds appropriated to North Carolina by Congress. Because of NCORR's advance strategic work, North Carolina had an action plan ready within 24 hours of the Federal Register Notice publication, outlining how the state proposes to use the recovery funding. In April, North Carolina became the first among states with 2018 disaster grants to receive approval from HUD on its plan.

    Homeowners may be eligible for assistance if they owned and occupied a home during the time of these disasters. If homeowners have received assistance from other sources, they may still be eligible for help through the Homeowner Recovery Program.

    For more information visit Rebuild.NC.Gov.

COVID-19 Updates: Staying Informed & Prepared

    Information is changing rapidly, this update is current as of May 14, 2020

    It's important to rely on trusted sources of information about COVID-19. Keep up with the latest information on Coronavirus in North Carolina HERE.

    Text COVIDNC to 898211 to receive general information and updates about COVID-19 and North Carolina's response.

    Dial 2-1-1 provides free, confidential information and is available 24 hours a day to help you find resources within your community. They can connect you with people and groups that can help with questions about access to food, shelter, health care, employment and child care.

    Families who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to find free meal sites in their communities.

    Make sure to prioritize your overall wellness and don't hesitate to seek additional help. Optum has a toll-free 24-hour Emotional Support Help Line at 866-342-6892 for people who may be experiencing anxiety or stress due to Coronavirus.

    You can track the disease in real time through the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services' COVID-19 NC Dashboard. It includes detailed information about the state's COVID-19 confirmed cases, hospital capacity and more.

    On Wednesday, Governor Cooper and Dr. Mandy Cohen teamed up to answer questions from North Carolina’s young people about the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch the Kid’s Q&A.

North Carolina Celebrates Pride Month

    Governor Roy Cooper has declared this month as LGBTQ+ Pride Month in North Carolina to honor the state's LGBTQ+ communities and their fight for equality. Pride commemorates community protests that took place after a police raid at Stonewall Inn on June 28, 1969, marking the start of the modern LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.

    "Pride Month is a time to both celebrate progress and increase our efforts in LGBTQ equality," Gov. Cooper said. "The U.S. Supreme Court got it right prohibiting LGBTQ discrimination in the workplace. Now comes the hard work of turning these legal protections into a reality of equality," Gov. Cooper said.

    June is also the month the United States Supreme Court decisions ruled on several historic landmark cases upholding equality, a streak continued with this week's decision further prohibiting LGBTQ+ discrimination in the workplace.

    Read the full Pride Month proclamation and Press Release.

Governor Cooper Proclaims First Healthcare Heroes Day

    Governor Cooper Proclaims First Healthcare Heroes Day

    Governor Cooper recognized Healthcare Heroes day on June 15 to celebrate the medical professionals who continue to adapt to meet the growing healthcare needs required to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. These heroes include doctors, nurses, and other primary care providers; EMS workers and first responders; pharmacists; laboratory technicians; mental health professionals; and critical medical personnel and staff.

    To honor North Carolina's frontline heroes a special flag will be raised in front of the North Carolina State Capitol and will fly until July 15.

    Read the Proclamation.

Get All of the Latest Information in Spanish

    During this time it is imperative that everyone is informed about what is going on in our state. Governor Cooper's administration has been working to get information and resources translated for the Spanish speaking population in our state. Many of the Governor's press conferences, press releases, and executive orders are available in Spanish. Resources are also available in Spanish on the DHHS website.

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