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COVID 19/Coronavirus News and Updates

Post Date:04/06/2020 5:00 PM

The continued safety and security of the Wilson community is the City’s top priority. City leadership is working in partnership with the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the Wilson County Health Department on planning for COVID-19. See COVID-19 Information for the Wilson Community for expanded content of the City's preparation and response. 

UPDATE 4/6/2020

 New Coronavirus case information from the Wilson County Health Department:

There are 33 total positive cases in Wilson County. Ten of those are hospitalized and thirteen individuals have recovered. Eight are isolated at home. Two are deceased. The latest deceased was a female in her late fifties with underlying health conditions.


33 – Total Positives
10 – hospitalized
13 – recovered
8 – isolated at home
2 – deceased

COVID-19 Modeling Released Today

A group of medical experts from UNC, Duke University and RTI International released results of two computer models – one in which the state eased “stay at home” orders on April 30 and the other where the rules remained in place.

The result? If social distance ends April 30, the models project 750,000 North Carolinians would be infected by June 1, or about three times the number than if the policy remains in effect through May.

The models also project a greater than 50 percent chance that North Carolina’s intensive care and acute care facilities would be overwhelmed by June 1 if social distancing ends.

“We have life-changing decisions before us and North Carolina is fortunate to have world-class experts who can help our state as we continue battling the coronavirus,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “Modeling is one tool that helps us prepare for this fight and it shows we will save lives if we stay home and keep our social distance right now.”

Read the press release:

NCDHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen reinforces #StayHomeWilson

Mayor Stevens' Prayer for Our City can be seen here.

Governor Cooper's Stay-at Home Order (effective March 30 at 5 p.m.)

March 27: Executive Order 121 issues a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020, directing people to stay at home except to visit essential businesses, to exercise outdoors or to help a family member. Specifically, the order bans gatherings of more than 10 people and directs everyone to physically stay at least six feet apart from others.  Read Frequently Asked Questions

Essential Businesses

All businesses that may operate are included in Executive Order 121. If you do not think your business is included in the essential services list, and you think it should be, you may apply online at the NC Department of Revenue to be designated essential. Until your exemption is reviewed, you may operate as long as your business can accommodate social distancing in your workplace.   

More information about Essential Business designation

 What business can remain open? (this is not a full listing, see the Executive Order for full list)

• Restaurants that provide take-out, drive-thru, or delivery
• Grocery stores
• ABC stores and beer and wine stores
• Doctors and other healthcare providers
• Pharmacies
• Hardware stores
• Post offices
• Office supply stores
• Gas stations and convenience stores
• Veterinarians and pet supply stores
• Hotels, airlines, buses, taxis, and rideshare services
• Places of worship
• Child care providers (that are following the required NCDHHS procedures)


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