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.
Latest News and Resources
Department of Commerce Announces CDBG-CV Program
The Community Development Block Grant Coronavirus program (CDBG-CV) is designed to help units of local government respond to and recover from the health and economic impacts of COVID-19. CDBG-CV projects must incorporate at least one of the following as an area of focus:
- Support families and communities through telehealth support and other public services.
- Protect the most vulnerable and high-risk populations.
- Assist small businesses with economic recovery.
- Address testing, tracing, and tracking trends.
Additionally, the State has established additional funding priorities for the CDBG-CV grants, including subsistence payments to prevent evictions and utility disconnections, food distribution, testing and diagnosis, and employment training for health care workers on the front lines. The application opened on September 1 and is first-come-first-served. Application instructions and complete information about the purpose and requirements of the CDBG-CV program are available on the Commerce website.
For assistance applying and administering the CDBG-CV program, please contact IPDC’s Economic and Community Development staff. Click here for the staff directory.
FY 2020 Income Limits Summary for IPDC Region
Click here to view the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), definitions for income limits for low-and-moderate-income families per family size for non-metropolitan and metropolitan areas of the state.
FEMA’s Public Assistance Program
On March 13, 2020, the President declared the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant an emergency declaration for all states, tribes, territories, and the District of Columbia pursuant to section 501 (b) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. 5121-5207 (the “Stafford Act”). State, Territorial, Tribal, local government entities and certain private non-profit (PNP) organizations are eligible to apply for Public Assistance.
In accordance with section 502 of the Stafford Act, eligible emergency protective measures taken to respond to the COVID-19 emergency at the direction or guidance of public health officials’ may be reimbursed under Category B of the agency’s Public Assistance program. FEMA will not duplicate assistance provided by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or other federal agencies. This includes necessary emergency protective measures for activities taken in response to the COVID-19 incident. FEMA assistance will be provided at the 75 percent Federal cost share
This declaration increases federal support to HHS in its role as the lead federal agency for the federal government’s response to COVID-19. The emergency declaration does not impact measures authorized under other Federal statutes.
FEMA assistance will require execution of a FEMA-State/Tribal/Territory Agreement, as appropriate, and execution of an applicable emergency plan. States, Tribal and Territorial governments do not need to request separate emergency declarations to receive FEMA assistance under this nationwide declaration.
State, local, tribal, and territorial government entities and certain private non-profit organizations can apply for Public Assistance (PA) reimbursements for emergency protective measures taken during the pandemic.
- Review the simplified steps to apply for Public Assistance (PA) grants and apply online.
- Get guidance on how other sources of COVID-19 relief funding can be used to meet the non-federal cost share requirement for FEMA public assistance.
- Find information about programs from other federal departments and agencies that support COVID-19 pandemic recovery in our COVID-19 Resource Summary report.
- Get help navigating some of the challenges and resources available to address the COVID-19 pandemic with our resource roadmaps.
Public Assistance Project Steps
This policy states that for work performed on or after September 15, 2020 FEMA will only consider the activities listed within this policy as eligible emergency protective measures.
This policy dictates that activities related to reopening and increased operating costs will not be considered eligible for Public Assistance funding. Below is a list of activities that FEMA considers to be ineligible for Public Assistance funding in response to COVID-19:
- Reopening of schools
- Funding for PPE, Cloth Facial Coverings, disinfecting and temperature scanning for the regular operation of schools and other public facilities is not eligible for FEMA reimbursement.
- Disinfection of facilities while they are closed and not in use, that have been closed for more than 7 days, or outdoor facilities receiving direct sunlight
- Increased operating costs of government facilities / services including courthouses, prisons, utilities, public housing, or recreation, etc., including PPE, regular cleaning, facility retrofits (plexiglass), and technology for virtual support
- General costs associated with implementing social distancing or other community mitigation approaches in public places or public facilities
- Contact tracing
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.