CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) INFORMATION FOR GREENVILLE-PITT COUNTY

MAJOR UPDATES AND RESOURCES WE BE WILL PLACED HERE ON THIS PAGE. PLEASE CHECK LOCAL, STATE, AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND HEALTH DEPARTMENT WEBSITES FOR MORE TIMELY INFORMATION AND UPDATES.

**UPDATED Tuesday, September 1, 2020**

GREENVILLE-PITT COUNTY TRAVEL INFORMATION

NC SAFER AT HOME PHASE 2.5 IN EFFECT STARTING FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 at 5pm

9/1/20: Governor Roy Cooper issued Executive Order 163 for the statewide Safer at Home Phase 2.5 to begin Friday, September 4 at 5pm with the lifting of some restrictions and additional requirements. The Executive Order reinforces that people will continue to be “Safer at Home” during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially more at risk populations, and precautions like teleworking are still encouraged. The state of North Carolina is currently in a public health position to ease into Phase 2.5 of reopening while we continue appropriate safety and social distancing measures put in place, including:

Wear Wait Wash

PRACTICING THE 3 W’S IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF NOT ONLY YOURSELF, BUT OUT OF RESPECT AND CONCERN FOR OTHERS AS WELL. 

WEARING OF FACE MASKS IN PUBLIC NOW REQUIRED IN THE STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA

As part of Governor Cooper's Executive Order 147 issued June 24th, cloth face masks covering both your nose and mouth will now be required to be worn in the state of North Carolina by individuals in public settings when keeping social distance of 6 feet is not possible to help slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Guidelines for wearing face masks and coverings are as follows: 

  • Required when in public places and 6 feet of social distance between others is not possible
  • Required for children age 5 and older
  • Not required by people with medical or behavioral health issues, disabilities, or other reasons
  • Not required when outside walking or exercising away from others or while with members of the same household

Find more detailed information about face covering requirements and specifics for restaurants, retail, personal care, child-care, long-term care, government, and manufacturing facilities.


SAFER AT HOME PHASE 2.5 GUIDELINES FOR EVENTS, GATHERINGS & BUSINESS OPENINGS:

Safer at Home 2.5

GATHERING LIMITS:

25 indoors and 50 outdoors (meeting & event venues, amphitheaters, sporting venues and arenas, groups at beaches, groups at parks) with appropriate cleaning and social distancing measures in place. 

MAY OPEN WITH REQUIREMENTS:

  • Restaurants & Breweries (50% capacity, and other requirements) *Sale of alcohol to end at 11pm mandate extended until October 1, 2020*
  • Salons & Personal Care (50% capacity, and other requirements)
  • Pools (50% capacity, and other requirements)
  • Playgrounds may open
  • Museums & Aquariums (50% capacity, and other requirements)
  • Gyms and competitive fitness centers (open at 30% capacity)
  • Outdoor visitation at nursing homes or skilled nursing facilities. The sites must not have a current  outbreak and have a testing plan, adequate personal protective equipment and an updated written infection control or preparedness plan for COVID-19

REMAIN CLOSED:

  • Bars, nightclubs, movie theaters, amusement parks, dance halls and other entertainment facilities will remain closed

CURRENT SOCIAL DISTANCING BEST PRACTICES

Certain populations however are at “high risk” of severe illness from COVID-19, which include adults over 65 and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions like heart disease, lung disease, asthma, diabetes or a weakened immune system. Those populations are being asked by federal, state and local officials to avoid unnecessary contact with people as much as possible.

CURRENT RECOMMENDED BEST PRACTICES INCLUDES:

  • Staying home unless you need to go out for work or activities deemed essential
  • Do not travel if you are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are ill.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze and throw it away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Clean commonly used surfaces and objects.
  • Say no to the handshake – choose fist bumps or non-contact greetings.
  • Don’t share food and beverages with others.
  • Practice social distancing – maintain distances of at least 6 feet from others when possible.
  • The CDC recommends people wear cloth masks when leaving their home to attend to essential work and errands to avoid transmission and spread of the virus. As of June 26, the state of North Carolina will require people to wear masks and face covering when in public places and social distance of 6 feet or more is not possible. 

GREENVILLE & PITT COUNTY INFORMATION:

PITT COUNTY COVID-19 MEDIA SESSIONS 

  • MEDIA INTERVIEWS TO BE LIVE STREAMED EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 2:30PM. Pitt County will host these media sessions to answer questions from the media and public and they will be posted to the Pitt County Facebook page and YouTube channel

  • To view these sessions LIVE on the Public Health Facebook page, CLICK HERE

  • To view all COVID-19 media from Pitt County, CLICK HERE

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COVID-19 TESTING IN GREENVILLE-PITT COUNTY:

The Pitt County Health Department through a collaboration with Pitt County Emergency Management and Vidant Medical Center is offering daily community COVID-19 testing. For more information about the locations and times of the free testing, click here.

A COVID-19 drive-thru testing site is now open MondaysWednesdays & Fridays from 7:00am – 9:00am located in the parking lot of the Walmart at 210 Greenville Blvd. SW, Greenville, NC 27834. To sign up for an appointment, CLICK HERE. There is no out-of-pocket cost to individuals. To view the full details from Walmart on this testing site, CLICK HERE


GREENVILLE & PITT COUNTY EDUCATION INFORMATION:

EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY: ECU Coronavirus Updates & Resources

PITT COMMUNITY COLLEGE: PCC Coronavirus Information Page

PITT COUNTY SCHOOLS: COVID-19 Road to Reopening


ACCOMMODATIONS, RESTAURANTS & BUSINESS INFORMATION:

The North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association, Visit North Carolina, the NC Department of Health & Human Services, and NC State University Extension have created and launched an innovative public health initiative for safely reopening restaurants and other businesses while addressing consumers’ need for trustworthy standards.

Count on Me NC Circle

COUNT ON ME NC

Count on Me NC centers on an evidence-based training program that provides specific guidance to restaurants, hotels, attractions and other businesses on best practices for North Carolina’s phased reopening after Governor Cooper’s COVID-19 stay-at-home order.

As North Carolina’s restaurants, hotels, attractions, and businesses prepare to reopen, Count on Me NC is a mutual pledge and public health initiative that empowers guests and businesses to help keep everyone safe and protected.

All 5 Count on Me NC training modules are live, and include:

  • Restaurant: Owners & Operators 
  • Restaurant: Front of House Staff 
  • Restaurant: Back of House Staff 
  • All Businesses: Cleaning & Disinfecting Surfaces for COVID-19 Management 
  • General Best Practices for COVID-19 Management 

A companion public relations component will encourage consumers to join the effort to keep everyone safe with a Guest Pledge. The campaign will also direct consumers to look for certificates and Count on Me NC logos for assurance that a business has completed the voluntary, no-cost training.

This program is FREE to both members and non-members, and we highly encourage our local lodging, restaurant, and attraction partners and staff, as well as individuals who will patronize these businesses, to participate in the online health and safety tutorial to receive Count on Me NC certification for their business and to utilize and display the Count on Me NC marketing materials tool-kit provided at your place of business and on social media to help reassure customers that your business is invested in reopening safely with both your staff and customers health as a top priority and is a part of the #CountOnMeNC movement! Please see the Count on Me NC website to see a map of current businesses participating in Greenville, Pitt County, and NC: countonmenc.org

The CDC offers specific instructions for cleaning and disinfecting on their website at this linkBest practices are to protect your employees and customers by maintaining stringent cleaning practices.

ACCOMMODATIONS:

  • CDC offers specific guidance here.
  • Air B&B advice for hosts link is here.
  • Ensure you clean items including (but not limited to): door handles, telephones, toilets, light switches, remote controls, blowdryers, HVAC controls, faucet handles, and other surfaces frequently.
  • The NC Restaurant & Lodging Association has created an online Coronavirus Resource Center for Hospitality Businesses that contains webinars with Practical Tutorials for Employers plus Restaurant- and Lodging-Specific Resources.

RESTAURANTS:

POSTERS & HANDOUTS:

The CDC has some great posters and handouts you can download here.


CONTINUE TO SUPPORT GREENVILLE-PITT COUNTY SMALL & LOCAL BUSINESSES: 

In these days of rapidly changing circumstances as we all make adjustments to our daily lives in response to the coronavirus, those in our tourism and hospitality industry feel this impact directly. Our small and local business owners, restaurateurs, hotel staff, and service employees, rely on the business of both visitors and locals. Greenville-Pitt County is the HEART OF PIRATE NATION, and our entire community and crew must be “all hands on deck” figuratively, to help support each other as we navigate through these uncertain times.

HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN HELP:
(THANKS TO OUR FRIENDS IN THE BULL CITY AT DISCOVER DURHAM!) 

  • BUY GIFT CARDS AND CERTIFICATES
  • BUY MERCHANDISE ONLINE
  • ORDER TAKEOUT
  • TIP WELL IF YOU CAN
  • LEAN IN TO SELF CARE
  • CANCEL RESERVATIONS OR APPOINTMENTS IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT
  • EXPLORE VIRTUAL AND STREAMING SERVICES
  • SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS
  • FOLLOW, ENGAGE & SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA INFORMATION:

US FEDERAL GOVERNMENT INFORMATION:

BUSINESS RESOURCES:

Business Resources from the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce

Business Resources from the North Carolina Department of Commerce 

U.S. Small Business Administration Lenders 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Sheppard Memorial Library (Offers Virtual Storytime Monday-Thursday)

Read ENC Free Resources for At-Home Reading

Helpful COVID-19 Information from the ECU Office of Research

Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina (resource for people to call for assistance related to COVID-19)


The Greenville-Pitt County Convention & Visitors Bureau continues closely monitoring the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to Greenville-Pitt County and North Carolina, and its impacts on travel and our areas events, meetings, sports tournaments, and family reunions being canceled and/or postponed. Our top priority is the safety, health, and well-being of our community, its residents, and our visitors. This has proven to be an evolving situation, but we are committed to providing updated information and resources for visitors, residents, and our local businesses. Our team is in regular contact with the State Tourism Office (Visit NC) and our city and county government and health agencies to stay informed.

OUR VISIT GREENVILLE, NC VISITORS CENTER & OFFICES CONTINUES TO CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE WHILE WE MAKE PLANS TO REOPEN. OUR STAFF CONTINUES TO WORK BEHIND THE SCENES FROM HOME TO PROMOTE GREENVILLE-PITT COUNTY DESTINATION AND PLAN FOR RECOVERY. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO OUR STAFF BY EMAIL OR OTHER METHODS.