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On Monday, March 23, 2020, during their regularly scheduled meeting, the Pitt County Board of Commissioners approved in an 8-1 vote a measure to enact a “Stay Home” order for all unincorporated areas of Pitt County. This order, aimed at preventing a further rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in Pitt County, would limit all non-essential travel within the unincorporated areas of the County, as well as limiting the number in assembled groups to no more than 10 persons. The order is set to last for two weeks from 5:00 PM on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, until April 8, 2020, with a scheduled reevaluation afterwards.
This action directly followed presentations to the Board by Vidant Health CEO, Dr. Michael Waldrum, and Pitt County Public Health Director, Dr. John Silvernail. Pitt County Board of Commissioners Chairman, Melvin McLawhorn is expected to formally sign the order on Tuesday, March 24, which would amend the State of Emergency Declaration which has been in effect since Thursday, March 19, 2020.
This Stay Home order would cancel gatherings with 10 or more people and require all individuals in unincorporated Pitt County to limit travel only for the access or providing of essential services.
Essential services include:
This order serves to further advance the #GoHomeStayHome campaign already being promoted by the Pitt County Health Department. Pitt County Chairman, Melvin McLawhorn noted in his final comments during the meeting that “I know that this was difficult; and I know for some it was very, very difficult. But I think that, if you look at the overall aspects of what we did, we did it for the good of this community and for the lives of citizens in Pitt County.”
To read this proclamation in full, CLICK HERE.