Mecklenburg County Farm Bureau approved donations to four local charities during this economic hard time. The Huntersville Farm Bureau office chose the Ada Jenkins Center. Christopher and Kate Westmoreland delivered the check to the Center on May 5, 2020.
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From NC Senator Jeff Jackson:
The big question: “How bad will the coronavirus be in NC?”
There’s a new estimate of how this is likely to go in NC and I want to share it with you – not because I’m certain it’s completely accurate, but because it’s the best effort that’s been made public and it gives us at least a sense of what we’re in for.
This is a chart (source: Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation) of the expected demand for ICU beds in North Carolina and it basically says that if we keep doing what we’re doing – keep schools and non-essential businesses closed and keep our stay home order in place – then we’re going to hit peak infection in late April.
The dotted line shows that we may be on course to exceed our ICU bed capacity (which is actually a little bit higher than this chart depicts – we’ve got about 800 currently available). But the shaded area is essentially the margin of error for the prediction, so we’ve got a wide range between not exceeding capacity and dramatically exceeding it – which would mean a spike in the mortality rate.
What does this tell us? It tells us **we still have the time and ability to minimize the loss of life in our state.**
To be blunt: We are not going to have the type of widespread testing we hoped for. There are lots of reasons for that – none of which have to do with our state and all of which have to do with the federal response – but it’s a reality. We’re still using tests and they’re very important, but we’re not going to test our way out of this like South Korea did. We just didn’t get enough test kits fast enough.
But – despite that major setback – it’s still possible to minimize the loss of life in our state by making sure we don’t max out the ICU beds. We just have to take social distancing very seriously for the next several weeks. In this model, OUR BEHAVIOR is the biggest variable. How seriously WE take this will ultimately determine the mortality rate.
– We’ve only received 17% of the PPE that we requested from the federal government. That’s not good, and it’s why we’re sourcing from everywhere we can find and working with North Carolina manufacturers to switch production to PPE if at all possible.
– The state’s unemployment insurance website and call center are still facing a nightmarish traffic jam as they get slammed with 50x the normal traffic, but we are adding servers and contracted with an additional call center to help field calls. If you’re having serious trouble, please fill out this customer contact form: https://des.nc.gov/customer-contact-form.
– Regarding the federal unemployment benefit that just passed, it will be administered by the state. We’re still waiting on implementation guidance from the federal Department of Labor, at which point benefits will be paid in about two weeks. Independent contractors and people who are self-employed will qualify for the federal benefit – they do not currently qualify for the state benefit. I know the state website isn’t set up to receive applications from people who are contractors or self-employed and that’s part of what we need to fix. If you fall into this category, just file the application as best you can.
– Gov. Cooper’s new executive order means no one can shut off your electricity, gas, or water for at least the next 60 days.
– The U.S. Corps of Engineers is helping us scout for places that could be used as hospital expansions.
– We’ve launched a hotline to help critical workers connect with child care (888-600-1685).
More updates soon,
Sen. Jeff Jackson
Medical personnel are in dire need of medical masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Novant Health has provided specific instructions below:
The Center for Disease Control is continuing to update citizens and businesses on the coronavirus (COVID-19). Please monitor this site for updated and accurate information.
CRTPO OPENS PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ON THE 2020-2029 DRAFT TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, 2045 METROPOLITAN
TRANSPORTATION PLAN AMENDMENTS AND THE AIR QUALITY CONFORMITY DETERMINATION REPORT
The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) has opened a 30-day public comment period to obtain public input on the 2020-2029 Draft Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), amendments to the 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), and the air quality conformity determination report for the MTP & TIP. The 30-day public comment period starts today, Monday, November 18 and will conclude on Wednesday, December 18, 2019. Final action to approve the DRAFT TIP and associated documents is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19, 2020 during the CRTPO Board meeting at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
This public comment period offers an additional opportunity for residents, business owners and other interested parties, within the Charlotte Urbanized Area, which includes Iredell, Mecklenburg and portions of Union County, to submit comments to CRTPO in conjunction with the adoption of this program. CRTPO’s TIP is a subset of NCDOT’s State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).
The draft project lists and maps are posted on the CRTPO website at http://crtpo.org/2020-2029-tip-adoption. Comments should be directed to Judy Dellert-O’Keef using the following methods:
E-Mail: [email protected]
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 E. Fourth St., 8th floor
Charlotte, NC 28202
In addition, the November 20, 2019, January 15, and February 19, 2020 CRTPO Board meetings will serve as an opportunity for public comment on the 2020-2029 Draft TIP and the associated documents. The meetings begin at 6 p.m. in Room 267 of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center.
CRTPO is the federally-designated metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for the Charlotte urbanized area. More information is available on the CRTPO website at www.crtpo.org.
Novant Health B-cycle is excited to provide Huntersville, NC with affordable bike rides that enhances health and wellness of our community. Our bike station is strategically placed close to the campus of Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center. Here you can explore riding around the Huntersville Business Park as well as the convenience of the neighboring stores and restaurants.
Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center, 10030 Gilead Road, Huntersville NC 28078, located in the rear hospital team member parking lot.
- Phone: 704-316-4360
- Customer Support hours: 8AM-4PM
- [email protected]
- Pass – $1
- 1st half hour of each trip – Included
- Additional 30 minutes – $1
How it works
1. Purchase Passes at B-station
- Our system offers 24 hour passes.
- Passes can be purchased at the B-cycle station (credit card/debit card required).
2. Choose Bike from B-station
Press the ‘Start’ button. Follow the instructions on the touchscreen to purchase a guest/user pass. When prompted, select the dock number of the bike you wish to check out. The kiosk will unlock the bike from the dock you chose. The dock holding the bike will beep until the bike is removed.
3. Grab Your Bike and Go!
Adjust your seat, strap on your helmet, and go. Rides of less than 30 minutes incur no additional fee (see rates).
4. Return Bike to Station
Return your bike to Novant Health B-station by rolling it into an available dock. Wait for three rapid blinks of the green light and three quick beeps. That is your signal that the bike has been securely returned.
What is B-Cycle?
B-Cycle is a next-next-generation bike-sharing program. It is a zero-hassle, zero-emissions way to get around town. It’s a bike-sharing program that meets the transportation, health, and environmental needs of our communities.
B-Cycle is the only bike-sharing program that measures the actual distance traveled on each ride and keeps track of the calories you’ve burned and the carbon emissions you’ve prevented. All this information is available on your personal B-Cycle web page
What about the actual B-cycle?
Imagine a bike that is always ready to ride, where and when you want to ride it. The tires are always inflated and the chain is never rusty. A bike with a basket to carry your cargo. A bike with front and rear lights and a bell that fits people tall and short. A bike that’s there whenever you need it, and gone when you don’t. That’s a B-cycle. And it’s powered by the ultimate alternative fuel: you.
Pay for passes at kiosk, additional fees for extra ride time billed to debit/credit card.
B-cycle requires that all accounts be associated with a credit or debit card.
Is it legal to ride a bike without a helmet?
Adults over the age of 18 may legally ride a bike without a helmet, but Novant Health B-cycle strongly recommends wearing a helmet whenever riding a bicycle.
Does Novant Health B-cycle provide helmets for riders?
Helmets will not be provided.
The Huntersville Chamber, in a continuing effort to assist our area manufacturers, has joined the Carolina Chamber Export Assistance Center. This partnership will help our manufacturers by streamlining the processing of electronic export documents for international trade. These documents include Certificates of Origin, Commercial Invoices, and Packing Lists, which are used to verify that goods originated in or were processed in a particular country.
Manufacturers no longer have the arduous task of traveling to a Chamber office to receive a special seal for each document. Membership in the Huntersville Chamber will automatically provide access to www.chamberexport.com.
For more information on this program and how to become a Huntersville Chamber member, please call 704-495-7113 or email [email protected]