IPDC is committed to supporting the Isothermal region at all times, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you will find relevant information, resources, and support available to the public and business owners. Please click through the links below to familiarize yourself with the support available.
To contact IPDC staff directly for assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- July 10, 2020 – Important COVID-19 Update Links
- USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses, and Communities Affected by COVID-19 – Click here to learn more
- Public Assistance for COVID-19 – FEMA Public Assistance funding is available for all eligible subrecipients throughout North Carolina who have incurred costs due to emergency measures and protective actions to reduce or eliminate the threat of COVID-19. Click here to learn more. Contact IPDC at email@example.com and an IPDC staff member will assist you.
- NC Rapid Recovery Loan – House Bill 1043, a bipartisan effort by the NC General Assembly and which was signed into law by Governor Cooper on May 4, includes an appropriation of $125 million to Golden LEAF for the NC COVID-19 Rapid Recovery Loan Program. Click here to learn more and apply.
- Governor Cooper Signs COVID-19 Relief Bills Into Law
- North Carolina Tourism Amid COVID-19 – Visit NC
- Information regarding Tenet Rights regarding evictions for the Housing Choice Voucher Program administered by IPDC Housing can be found here.
- North Carolina Business Relief Resources COVID-19 – Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
- NC Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Opens April 24 – Click here to learn more. You can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) at des.nc.gov
- Governor Cooper Shares Path Forward for North Carolina – Click here for the press release.
- NCLM Projections for State-Collected Local Government Tax Revenue
- FEMA COVID-19 Public Assistance Application – FEMA may provide funding to eligible applicants for costs related to emergency protective measures conducted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more, contact IPDC staff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NC Departmart of Revenue – Click here for a link to Frequently Asked Questions about NC tag inspections
- North Carolina has launched a COVID-19 web portal in an effort to gather all the COVID-19 related information from a wide range of State agencies. Click here to be taken to the portal.
- Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order to Prohibit Utility Disconnections in the Wake of COVID-19 – To learn more, click here to read the Executive Order.
- Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order Number 131 – Click here to read Executive Order No. 131
- Are you interested in holding a virtual meeting, but want to make sure you are in line with Senate Bill 704? Check out our Virtual Meeting Rules here.
COVID-19 Confirmed Cases by NC County
Map Credit to NC Department of Health and Human Services
People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.
Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Or at least two of these symptoms:
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.
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Frequently Asked Questions about North Carolina’s Stay At Home Order
On Friday, March 27, 2020 Governor Roy Cooper signed Executive Order 121, ordering North Carolinians to remain in their homes except for performing essential work and essential activities such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety purposes.
This Stay at Home Order will help slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent the medical system from being overwhelmed by keeping individuals from being exposed to the virus and keeping those who have the virus from spreading it to others. Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the Stay At Home Order
- If you are looking to file for Unemployment Insurance, please note that you can file via phone (888-737-0259), or online.
- Federal Unemployment Benefits FAQ for the Self-Employed and Independent Contractors
- North Carolina Updates: Please see the NC Dept. of Health and Human Services website
- National Updates: Please see the Center for Disease Control website
- World Health Organization COVID-19 Resource Page
- John Hopkins University COVID-19 Map
- To receive daily local COVID alerts, please text your zip code to 888777
County-Specific Resource Pages
Each county has specific resources for their citizens.
- Cleveland County Government
- Cleveland County Public Health Department
- Cleveland County Chamber of Commerce
- Cleveland County Economic Development
- Cleveland County Animal Control
- McDowell County Government
- Foothills Health District – McDowell County
- McDowell Chamber of Commerce
- McDowell County Economic Development
- McDowell County Animal Control
- Polk County Government
- Polk County Health Department
- Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce
- Polk County Economic Development
- Polk County Animal Control
- Rutherford Help – Rutherford Help is designed to provide Rutherford County, NC citizens access to vital and timely information regarding Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The page is maintained by the Health Council of Rutherford County and its members.
- Rutherford County Government – Rutherford County and Towns Issue a Stay At Home Order
- Rutherford County Medical Strike Team for COVID-19 Patients
- Foothills Health District – Rutherford County
- Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce
- Rutherford County Economic Development
- Rutherford County Animal Control – COVID-19 Press Release
On the COVID-19 Reopening Resources page, you can find helpful information and links to learn how to reopen safely in accordance with Governor Cooper phases to transition out of the NC Stay-At-Home Order.
On the COVID-19 Business Resources page, you can find important information for business owners in the Isothermal region and North Carolina. Information on small business loans from Mountain BizWorks, the North Carolina Rural Center, the Small Business Administration, and more is available on this page.
IPDC has gathered information from reliable sources such as the CDC (Center for Disease Control) and WHO (World Health Organization) to provide resources for individuals in our community who require assistance during the COVID-19 outbreak. Also, you can find information for older adults, unemployment insurance, and more on this page.
Internet connectivity is a growing demand around the Isothermal region as schools have closed and more people find themselves working from home. On the COVID-19 Internet and Mobile Service Offerings page, you can find information on how to obtain services and boost your connectivity.
The COVID-19 crisis has forced many to search for jobs during this uncertain time. On this webpage, you can find links to companies that are currently hiring amidst the pandemic, information how to contact local NCWorks Career Centers to assist with job searches, and more.