Staying Informed on Local COVID-19 Efforts

For the most up-to-date local information, check out the City's various social media outlets, including our City of Reidsville & Team Reidsville Facebook pages, and Team Reidsville Instagram & Twitter.

On September 30, 2020, Governor Cooper held a press conference and announced plans to move the State into Phase 3. Here is the Governor's Order 169 which took effect at 5 p.m. on October 2, 2020, and some Frequently Asked Questions.

On September 1, 2020, Governor Cooper held a press conference and announced plans to move the State into Phase 2.5. Here is the Governor's Order 163 which took effect at 5 p.m. on September 4, 2020, and some Frequently Asked Questions.

Need Rent and Utility Assistance? (Released October 19, 2020)

Applications for NC’s new COVID-19 rent and utility assistance program, the North Carolina Housing Opportunities and Prevention of Evictions (HOPE) Program are now available.Renters who need rent or utility assistance can apply online at nc211.org/hope.   Applicants who cannot access the online application can also call 2-1-1 and speak with a program representative, who will assist the caller through the application on the phone. Callers can reach 2-1-1 Monday-Friday between 7 am and 6 pm. The new program seeks to promote housing stability during the ongoing pandemic by providing rent and utility assistance to prevent evictions and utility disconnections. The HOPE Program will provide $117 million for rent and utility assistance for renters who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, have a current household income that is 80 percent of the area median income or lower, and are behind on their rent or utilities when they apply. The HOPE Program is funded by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant−Coronavirus funds and U.S. Department of Treasury Coronavirus Relief funds, which have been provided to North Carolina. The funds are administered by the North Carolina Office of Recovery and Resiliency, a division of the Department of Public Safety, and will be distributed through community partner agencies across the state.  

  • Renters can apply for utility assistance, rent assistance or both programs. Rent assistance is paid to the landlord on behalf of the applicant. This includes overdue and future rent payments, for up to six months. At least one month’s rent must be overdue at the time of application.
  • Utility payments will be made directly to the utility provider for up to six months of past due essential utilities, such as electricity, water, sewer/wastewater, natural gas and propane.
  • For more information about the HOPE Program, visit nc211.org/hope.
Are you a renter facing eviction because of the impact of COVID-19? Here is some info from the NC Department of Health & Human Services. (In English) (In Spanish)

Latest Resources provided in a County Health Department update August 13, 2020:

PRESS RELEASES since the last update include:

 NEW HUD resources in non-congregate sheltering page:

 UPDATED guidance since the last update include:

 UPDATED reports since the last update include:

 NEW & UPDATED resources available in Spanish:

FREE MASK GIVEAWAYS on Wednesday, October 21, and Thursday, October 22:
Thanks to a generous donation from the Reidsville Area Foundation, the City has been offering an additional 9,000 Team Reidsville masks free to the public while supplies last at various locations.  The final on-site giveaways are planned for this coming week. The Reidsville Police Department and City staff will be at two locations this Wednesday, October 21st. From 2:30-3:30 p.m., they will be at Brooke’s Place Apartments on East Street and from 4-5 p.m. at Crestwood Apartments on Price Street. On Thursday, October 22, free mask giveaways are planned on South Scales Street at Hobart Jackson Estates from 1-2 p.m., Southgate Apartments from 2:10-3:10 p.m., and Woodbridge Apartments from 3:30-4:30 p.m. 

FREE MASK GIVEAWAY on Wednesday, October 14:
Due to grant funding from The Reidsville Area Foundation, Reidsville Chamber of Commerce and James Austin Medical Center, a free mask giveaway is slated for 2:30-4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct.14, at Meadowgreen Apartments and from 4:30-6:00 at Sherwood Glen Apartments. The Reidsville Police Department will be on hand with ice pops for the kids as well as popcorn and more! City staff will also be on hand to assist those wanting to fill out their 2020 Census.

FREE MASK GIVEAWAY on Wednesday, October 7:
Due to grant funding from The Reidsville Area Foundation, Reidsville Chamber of Commerce and James Austin Medical Center, a free mask giveaway is slated for 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at Woodland Heights Apartment Complex, 810 Lawndale Drive. The Reidsville Police Department will be on hand with ice pops for the kids as well as popcorn and more! City staff will also be on hand to assist those wanting to fill out their 2020 Census.

FREE MASK GIVEAWAY on Wednesday, September 30:
Due to grant funding from The Reidsville Area Foundation, Reidsville Chamber of Commerce and James Austin Medical Center, a free mask giveaway is slated for 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at Cambridge Park. The Reidsville Police Department will be on hand with ice pops for the kids as well as popcorn and more!

FREE MASK GIVEAWAY on Wednesday September 16:
Due to grant funding from The Reidsville Area Foundation, Reidsville Chamber of Commerce and James Austin Medical Center, a free mask giveaway is slated for 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at Marcellus Place. The Reidsville Police Department will be on hand with ice pops for the kids as well as popcorn and more!

FREE MASK GIVEAWAY on Monday, September 14:
Due to grant funding from The Reidsville Area Foundation, Reidsville Chamber of Commerce and James Austin Medical Center, a free mask giveaway is slated for 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 14, at the Reidsville Housing Authority. The Reidsville Police Department will be on hand with ice pops for the kids as well as popcorn and more!


FREE MASK GIVEAWAY on Thursday, July 30:

The City of Reidsville has received 3,000 reusable masks, thanks to the Rockingham County Department of Health and Human Services and the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office.   City staff will be at Jaycee Park in the upper parking lot near the baseball fields this Thursday, July 30, 2020 from 1 to 6 for a drive-through distribution of these masks while the supplies last.  If you need masks, please drive up to Jaycee Park – Thursday July 30, from 1 pm to 6 pm. If you decorate these plain white cotton masks, showcase your artwork on social media with the hash tag, #maskupteamreidsville. UPDATE: This mask giveaway was very successful! A second mask giveaway the following week at RCARE/Senior Center dispersed all of the free masks!

City's Social Distancing Order
UPDATE: The Reidsville City Council at its April 3, 2020 Special Meeting unanimously approved the attached Order. The Reidsville City Council held a special meeting at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020, for the purpose of: Discussion on the removal of the stay of execution and implementation of the Stay at Home Order for City of Reidsville residents. (Special Meeting Notice) This meeting was livestreamed. 

County-Related Info
The Rockingham County Health Department 
announced March 31, 2020, Rockingham County's first diagnosed COVID-19 cases (press release). On April 1st, the first County death was reported (press release). As of October 21, some 1766 lab-confirmed cases have been reported with 38 hospitalized, 1119 recovered, 583 home/recovering, 26 deaths and 0 asymptomatic in Rockingham County per the Rockingham County Department of Health & Human Services.

Here is a link to the Rockingham County Public Health Department which updates frequently. What does the definitions mean on the COVID-19 graphs from the Rockingham County Department of Health & Human Services & other info? Learn more here.

Cone Health COVID-19 Information
This is a link to a Cone Health COVID-19 resource guide.

Annie Penn Hospital has started as of May 14 conducting COVID-19 testing for those referred by a physician who meet certain qualifications. Learn more in this slide.

Utility Payments
Governor Roy Cooper has announced Executive Order #124, which prohibits residential utility disconnections, late fees and reconnection fees, likely at least for a 60-day period (March 31-May 30) due to nonpayment. The City of Reidsville will not impose new penalties for late payments or collect on penalties that were imposed on residential accounts as of March 31, 2020, for at least 60 days. This does not in any way eliminate utility charges or the user's responsbility to pay those charges. Residents are urged to keep their accounts current, but the City will offer a utility payment plan for up to six months after the Governor's Order ceases. See more details here in the
 Order. UPDATE: On May 30, 2020, Governor Cooper extended the utility shutoff moratorium for an additional 60 days until the end of July. The moratorium has since been lifted.

Governor's Order/FAQs
Governor Roy Cooper has announced that Phase 2 of re-opening North Carolina will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 22. Here is the Governor's Order and the FAQs regarding Phase 2. UPDATE: The Governor has extended Phase 2 of the re-opening until Friday, July 17, 2020. Face masks are required in public unless you qualify for one of the exemptions.

Reidsville Mayor Jay Donecker, along with other Mayors in Rockingham County and the County Comission Chairman discussed Phase 2 regulations in a joint interview on Star News Thursday, May 21, 2020. 



Information on Governor Cooper's decision to ease some restrictions, etc. as part of Phase 1 beginning May 8. See here the latest Executive Order No. 138, FAQs and "Side-by-Side" comparison.

Governor Roy Cooper has extended the Stay at Home Order until May 8. See the latest Executive Order No. 135 here

As of 5 p.m. Monday, March 30, the State of North Carolina will be under a Stay at Home Order from Governor Roy Cooper. Please see the attached Order. For Frequently Asked Questions and information that might help businesses determine whether they are "essential," go to this link.

City Operations
As of March 26, 2020, City of Reidsville offices will be closed except by appointment only. City operations are continuing. City parks are open, but playground areas are closed. Find out more in the attached press release. City offices will remain physically closed to the public except by appointment only or via phone call during Phase 1 &  2 of the Governor's re-opening of the State.

Business Info
Are you a small business looking for resources in light of COVID-19? Check out the City's economic development site, rockitinreidsville.com. Go here.

Learn more about the TEAM REIDSVILLE TOGETHER and TAKEOUT BINGO initiatives from the Reidsville Downtown Corporation and the Reidsville Chamber of Commerce to help local businesses and community agencies (press release) (flyer).

Keeping your Building’s Water System Safe
For Temporarily or Partially Shut Down Businesses, Churches, and Schools
Unused water in the pipes of temporarily shut down business buildings and unused sections or floors of commercial buildings can easily become stagnant. Conditions may develop in those pipes that increase the risk for growth and spread of waterborne bacteria, like Legionella or other biofilm-associated bacteria.  Disinfectant normally found in the water, such as chlorine, will likely dissipate or become undetectable.  Actions are necessary to ensure the water in our buildings is safe as well as taste and odor free before resumption of normal water use.  The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has very detailed information on reactivating plumbing systems after dormant conditions on its website, here.

 If you are a business owner that has had to partially shut down a part of your operations, postpone business entirely, or if you are planning to use a water system that has been lying dormant for a while, please be sure to make safe decisions when continuing your water usage. The website, again, is https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/building-water-system.html

Curbside & Takeout Options
Local Eateries & Bakeries are open across the City and providing drive through, counter pickup or curbside pickup. Support our small businesses! Listing of Downtown Restaurants. The Reidsville Chamber of Commerce has also created a Facebook page for all area restaurants, Reidsville Area Carry Out & Delivery.

Updates from Reidsville Mayor Jay Donecker:

October 18, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



October 4, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



September 20, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



September 6, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



August 23, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



August 9, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



July 26, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



July 12, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



June 28, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



June 14, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



May 31, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



May 24, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



May 20, 2020 Star News Interview:



May 17, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



May 13th Star News Interview:



May 10, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



May 6, 2020 Star News Interview:
May 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update on CodeRED (transcript):



April 29, 2020 Segment on Star News:



April 26, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):



April 22, 2020 Star News Interview:
April 19, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):



April 15, 2020 Segment on Star News:
Below is an interview by Mark Childrey of Star News with Mayor Jay Donecker  as they discussed COVID-19 in relation to the City of Reidsville.
April 12, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):



April 5, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):



April 1, 2020 Segment on Star News:
Below is an interview by Mark Childrey of Star News with Mayor Jay Donecker  as they discussed COVID-19 in relation to the City of Reidsville.



You can listen to Mayor Jay Donecker's latest interview with Mike Moore Media at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
 https://www.spreaker.com/user/mikemooremedia/jay-donecker-mayor-of-reidsville-03-31-2


March 29, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED (Transcript):



March 25, 2020 Emergency Meeting of City Council
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Reidsville City Council unanimously agreed to implement a Go to Work/Stay at Home Social Distancing Order BUT to stay or delay the execution of that Order. This will allow the City's legal counsel, public safety officials, the City Manager/staff and local health officials time to craft the wording of that Order. It will require a second meeting of the Council, which has yet to be determined, to review and approve the document and decide the timeline to implement the Order. The actual meeting was streamed via Facebook Live by Rockingham Update. RockinghamNow was also present at the meeting.

CURRENTLY THE CITY OF REIDSVILLE IS UNDER NO RESTRICTIONS OTHER THAN THOSE DONE BY GOVERNOR COOPER.

Below is an interview by Mark Childrey of Star News with Mayor Jay Donecker  as they discussed the actions taken at the March 25th meeting. Star News is planning to do weekly updates with the Mayor while this crisis continues.

March 25, 2020 Segment on Star News:
 

March 22, 2020 COVID-19 Update -- CodeRED:



March 19, 2020 Segment on Star News:



March 15, 2020 CodeRED Message (Transcript):