COVID-19

September 1, 2020

The State of North Carolina will transition to Phase 2.5 beginning at 5 p.m. on September 4, 2020.

Read the executive order here.

August 5, 2020

The State of North Carolina will remain in Phase 2 until September 11. 

Read the executive order here. 

July 28, 2020

With actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 beginning to have impact, Governor Cooper issued Executive Order 153, stopping the sale of alcoholic drinks in restaurants, breweries, wineries and distilleries at 11 pm. North Carolina bars that are currently closed will remain closed. This order will take effect Friday, July 31. The order will not apply to grocery stores, convenience stores or other entities permitted to sell alcohol for off-premises consumption. Local governments that have implemented orders that end alcohol sales before 11 p.m. or that apply to other entities remain in effect.

Read the Executive Order here.

Read the FAQs here.

 

July 14, 2020

North Carolina will continue to stay paused in Safer at Home Phase 2 when the governor’s current executive order expires on Friday, July 17. The order will be extended for three weeks until Aug. 7. To read the Executive Order, click here.

July 13, 2020

Anyone experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath should consider getting tested for COVID-19. Visit your primary care physician, or contact Cabarrus Health Alliance at 704-920-1213 about their drive-thru testing on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, or visit their website at cabarrushealth.org. For Rowan County testing information, click here.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has created a web page dedicated to COVID-19 testing in North Carolina. Find a location near you here.

 

June 26, 2020

North Carolina remains under the Safer at Home Phase 2 Order. Phase 2 has been extended to July 17.

For more information on the state’s response to COVID-19, visit covid.ncdhhs.gov.

Thank you for Practicing the 3W’s:

• Wear a cloth covering over your nose and mouth.

(required in public places starting today)

• Wait 6 feet apart. Avoid close contact.

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer.

Click here to view the Kannapolis Phase 2 Chart.

 

June 24, 2020, 5 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today announced that North Carolina will remain in Safer at Home Phase 2 for three more weeks. Cooper also announced that face coverings must be worn when people are in public places as officials seek to stabilize concerning trends of increasing viral spread. 

Click here for the News Release.

Click here for the Executive Order.

Click here for FAQs.

Click here for Guidance on Face Coverings.

 

June 19, 2020

There are several non-profit organizations who are stretched to the limit as they work to help people deal with the effects of COVID-19. If you would like to get involved, you can find a list of non-profits and volunteer opportunities here.

 

June 17, 2020

Anyone experiencing fever, cough, and shortness of breath should consider getting tested. Visit your primary care physician, or contact Cabarrus Health Alliance at 704-920-1213 about their drive-thru testing on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, or visit their website at cabarrushealth.org. For Rowan County testing information, click here.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has created a web page dedicated to COVID-19 testing in North Carolina. Find a location near you here.

 

June 15, 2020

Cabarrus County has seen a triple-digit COVID-19 increase in one week. Cabarrus Health Alliance urges the community to continue practicing the 3 W’s – wear a mask or cloth face covering, wait six feet apart, and wash hands often. More here.

 

June 8, 2020

Cabarrus County Testing

Rowan County Testing

 

June 1, 2020

Cabarrus County Testing

Rowan County Testing

 

May 30, 2020

The Governor has issued Executive Order No.142 extending the prohibition on utility shut-offs and evictions through July 29.

Executive Order 142

FAQs for EO 142

 

May 28, 2020

Cabarrus Health Alliance offers drive thru COVID-19 Testing

Rowan County COVID-19 Testing information.

 

May 22, 2020 4:30 p.m.

North Carolina will move into Safer-at-Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m.

Click here for Kannapolis FAQs.

 

May 20, 2020, 5 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today announced that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m.

Click here for the news release.

Click here for the State FAQs.

Click here for the Phase 2 graphs and slides.

 

May 11, 2020, 2 p.m.

Atrium Health and Cabarrus Health Alliance will have multiple community testing locations this week. Tuesday May 12, at Kannapolis YMCA, Wednesday, May 13, at Central Cabarrus High School, Thursday May 16, at A. L. Brown High School, and Friday, May 15, at Living Water Church of God.

For more information on community testing please visit their website at: atriumhealth.org/getscreened or click here.

Click here for Rowan County Testing information.

 

May 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Governor Cooper signed an Executive Order today to move North Carolina into Phase One of state reopening, beginning 5 p.m., Friday, May 8.
Click here for the FAQs.
Click here for the FAQ Summary Chart.
Click here for the Executive Order.
Business Guidance for State Reopening - Phase 1
Click here for the Kannapolis FAQ Summary Chart.

 

April 29, 2020, 12:15 p.m.

Cabarrus, municipalities to align with State Stay-at-Home Order
Kannapolis tennis courts have reopened.

 

April 23, 2020, 4 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper today issued Executive Order No. 135  extending North Carolina’s Stay At Home order through May 8. The orders extending closure of restaurants for dine-in service and bars and closure of other close-contact businesses are also extended through May 8. Click here for more.

 

April 17, 2020, 11:30 a.m.

A wedding. An Easter family gathering. Birthday parties.  Cabarrus residents held these gatherings over the past two weeks. And now, the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) is investigating COVID-19 outbreaks at each event, with more than 18 people infected. Click here for more.

 

April 15, 2020, 5 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper today charted a path forward for eventually easing certain COVID-19 restrictions while still protecting North Carolinians from a dangerous second wave of the virus. Click here for more.

 

April 9, 2020, 5 p.m.

Governor Roy Cooper took action to the address the spread of COVID-19 by issuing stronger social distancing requirements and speeding up the process to get benefits to people out of work through Executive Order No. 131. 

Click here for the FAQs.

 

April 8, 2020, 8 a.m.

Cabarrus officials warn residents of playground risks, encourage safe play Neighborhood associations are required to close playgrounds. Tennis courts are also closed based on recommendations from the U.S. Tennis Association.

CDC recommending wearing masks when you must leave home for essential work or errands. Mask Guidelines

March 31, 2020, 5 p.m.

Today, elected officials with Cabarrus County, the cities of Concord and Kannapolis, and the towns of Harrisburg, Midland and Mt. Pleasant announced revisions to their Stay-at-Home Proclamation. The Proclamation now aligns with the State of North Carolina’s Order and further clarifies information in the Cabarrus County Stay-at-Home Proclamation, which took effect March 26.

Click here for the news release.

Click here for the updated proclamation.

Click here for the updated FAQs.

 

March 27, 2020, 5 p.m.

N.C. Governor Roy Cooper issues a statewide Stay at Home Order beginning Monday, March 30 at 5 p.m. until April 29, 2020. Click here.

Click here to read the North Carolina Stay at Home FAQ.

Click here to read Cabarrus County Stay at Home FAQ.

 

March 25, 2020, 5 p.m.

Today, Kannapolis, along with Cabarrus County, the City of Concord, and the Towns of Harrisburg, Midland, and Mt. Pleasant, announced a Stay at Home Proclamation Order for residents that will take effect March 26 at 5 p.m.

The Proclamation Order requires residents to remain in their homes and limits mass gatherings to groups of 10 or fewer. This order includes all citizens and businesses in Kannapolis (both in Cabarrus and Rowan Counties). There is no curfew associated with this proclamation.

“We do not make these decisions lightly. We know that every person and business in our City is impacted by this proclamation. However, we value the health of our citizens and it is important that we take this virus seriously. We must take every precaution and try to minimize the number of people who have the virus. Please take precautions and do whatever you can to protect yourself and your family,” commented Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the two individuals who passed away from the virus.”

The Proclamation Order coincides with Wednesday’s North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) announcement that a person from Cabarrus County died on March 24 from complications associated with the virus. The patient was in their late 70s and had several underlying medical conditions. A second person in their 60s, who was traveling through North Carolina, also died from COVID-19 complications in Cabarrus County.

The Stay at Home Proclamation Order also supports local State of Emergency declarations signed by the same jurisdictions last week and ongoing decisions to limit mass gatherings.

What the Stay at Home Proclamation Order means for you

The Stay at Home Proclamation Order is designed to continue preventing the spread of COVID-19 in our community. The Proclamation directs residents to shelter at home and limit travel outside the home beyond handling specific essential needs until April 16, 2020. County leaders will continually review the Proclamation, and it may be revised or extended based on recommendations from the Cabarrus Health Alliance and Cabarrus County Emergency Management. 

According to the Proclamation Order, Cabarrus residents should stay at their homes, but can leave to “provide or receive certain essential services or engage in certain essential activities and work for essential businesses and governmental services.”

Essential businesses or operations include healthcare and public health operations, human services operations, essential government functions and essential infrastructure. All these functions are fully outlined in the Proclamation Order. 

Read the full Proclamation here.

Here’s a breakdown:

Permissible

• Visiting a healthcare professional for medical services that cannot be provided virtually

• Caring for a friend or family member

• Walking pets; visiting veterinarian

• Assisting with getting supplies for another person

• Going to a restaurant for take-out or delivery

• Going to a pharmacy for medications and other healthcare needs

• Receiving deliveries from any delivery business

• Going to grocery, convenience or warehouse stores

• Exercising outdoors, while maintaining the recommended social distancing of a minimum of six feet. 

Prohibited

• Going to work, unless you fall under the essential services outlined in the Proclamation

• Visiting family and friends without having an urgent need to do so

• Traveling, except when for permissible activities 

• Gathering in groups 

Practicing responsible actions; maintaining Proclamation 

“The Stay at Home Proclamation Order does not keep you away from the goods and services that you rely on,” said Cabarrus County Emergency Manager Bobby Smith. “It calls attention to the seriousness of our COVID-19 recommendations. This is a time for our community to take responsibility to limit contact, practice social distancing and follow hand-washing and sanitation guidelines.”

Concord and Kannapolis police departments and Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office are tasked with enforcing the Stay at Home Proclamation Order. Their officers will manage this through voluntary compliance, education, dialogue and cooperation from the community. The departments encourage continued voluntary cooperation from the community. They will not actively identify violations, but will investigate all reported violations and exercise their authority to issue citations and/or make misdemeanor arrests if all efforts for voluntary cooperation are exhausted.

For more information on the Stay at Home Proclamation Order, including frequently asked questions and a complete list of essential services, visit cabarrushealth.org and websites for the County and municipalities.

Find local resources

Cabarrus County residents can turn to the CHA for ongoing information related to COVID-19 and other public health concerns. CHA will provide updates through its website, www.cabarrushealth.org. You can also call the Health Information Line at 704-920-1213 or email healthinfo@cabarrushealth.org. Follow Cabarrus Health Alliance on Facebook and Twitter, @CabarrusHealth. 

If you have a question about whether or not your business is essential email response@cabarrushealth.org

For a breakdown of local demographics and information, visit https://www.cabarrushealth.org/579/Cabarrus-County-COVID-19-Data.

State of North Carolina COVID-19 guidance

The NCDHHS recommends people at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 stay at home to the extent possible to decrease the chance of infection. 

On March 22, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated who is at high risk for severe illness. That includes:

• People aged 65 years and older

• People who live in a nursing home or long-term care facility

• People who are pregnant should be monitored since they are known to be at risk with severe viral illness, however, to date data on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk

• Other high-risk conditions could include: 

• People with chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma

• People who have serious heart conditions

• People who are immunocompromised including cancer treatment

• People of any age with severe obesity (body mass index [BMI] >40) or certain underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled, such as those with diabetes, renal failure, or liver disease might also be at risk

Many conditions can cause a person to be immunocompromised, including cancer treatment, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune-weakening medications.

In addition, pregnant women should be monitored closely since they are known to be at risk for severe viral illness. However, data so far on COVID-19 has not shown increased risk for severe COVID-19 illness in pregnant women. While children are generally at lower risk for severe infection, some studies indicate a higher risk among infants. 

Governor Cooper has taken several actions to protect the health of North Carolinians, including:

• Ordering all K-12 public schools in North Carolina to close through May 15

• Limiting bars and restaurants to only take-out or delivery service

• Restricting visitors to long-term care facilities

• Promoting social distancing by closing businesses like movie theaters, gyms, nail salons, and several others.

For more information and additional guidance, please visit the NCDHHS’ website at www.ncdhhs.gov/coronavirus and CDC’s website at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

What the State of Emergency Declaration means to you? 

The State of Emergency announcement made on March 19 does not impact daily functions of government and private services agencies, including: 

• Private and public electric, water, gas and internet service providers will continue normal operations 

• County and city services, including garbage, recycling, stormwater, and water and sewer systems, and social and veterans services will continue normal operations. 

• Public safety departments, including police, fire and EMS, are staffed at normal levels and available when needs arise 

Last week, local agencies began implementing changes to events and operations of the public library system, and park and recreation departments to meet federal and state guidelines on mass gatherings. Other announcements about non-essential services may be forthcoming from the individual entities. 

What can you do? 

This is not a natural disaster, such as a hurricane or winter weather. Your ability to obtain food, water or other necessities is not in jeopardy. Make practical purchases for your household’s needs. A sensible way to help our most vulnerable populations is to avoid stockpiling or hoarding and leave supplies on shelves. Residents should also heed recommendations about social distancing. 

For more information, visit the following sites:  

www.cabarruscounty.us  

www.concordnc.gov  

www.kannapolisnc.gov 

www.midlandnc.us 

www.mtpleasantnc.org 

www.harrisburgnc.org

 

 

March 25, 2020

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has reported the first COVID-19 associated deaths. Click here for more information.

 

March 23, 2020, 4 p.m.

The Governor of North Carolina has issued additional restrictions - please see this executive order.

 

March 20, 4 p.m.

We have closed the playground equipment areas in our parks.  

Although, we have always practiced safe hygiene methods at our parks, we feel that it is prudent to take this action due to COVID-19.

Our parks and greenways remain open and we hope that you will practice safe distancing and enjoy this beautiful weather. 

 

March 20, 10:30 a.m.

Click here for updated guidance for restaurants and bars.

 

March 19, 4 p.m.

The City of Kannapolis continues to work closely with the Cabarrus Health Alliance and the Rowan County Health Department to respond appropriately to COVID-19. Things are changing rapidly every day and we are working with our neighboring cities, counties, businesses and other agencies to ensure we do everything we can to keep our community safe.

Today, the cities of Kannapolis, Concord, Cabarrus County and the towns of Midland, and Mt. Pleasant declared a State of Emergency. This action will help the County and municipalities seek federal funding when appropriate for administrative support and proactive resource mobilization related to COVID-19 preparation, response and recovery. The declaration also gives us the authority to act against anyone who may attempt to sell goods or services at excessive prices and to ensure that people adhere to the state and federal restrictions on public gatherings.

This is not a natural disaster, like a hurricane or winter storm. Your ability to obtain food, water or other necessities is not in jeopardy. The City urges its citizens to make practical purchases for your household’s needs. A sensible way to help our most vulnerable populations is to leave supplies on shelves. Avoid stockpiling or hoarding provisions or supplies. There will be more than enough food and supplies for everyone if we take this approach together.

“The state of emergency does not change how we are responding to this public health crisis or in our delivery of services to you. It is a formality that allows us to take measures needed to protect us and to hopefully seek federal financial aid to help our health departments respond to COVID-19 and to apply for any federal aid which may help our community recover. We hope the drastic measures we are taking today will help us flatten the curve and thus protect the health of our residents,” commented Kannapolis Mayor Darrell Hinnant.  

City Services
The City of Kannapolis is open for business. All services are being maintained 24/7. Garbage, recycling, police and fire protection, customer service, water and sewer systems are working on regular schedules. Our parks and greenways are open, although the carousel and train at Village Park will remain closed until further notice. However, our parks and recreation programming and special events have been postponed or cancelled. We are also not accepting any rentals of our city facilities or park shelters.  We will reassess these activities in the upcoming weeks and make announcements regarding these services when it is appropriate.

City Facilities
To keep you and our staff safe we will close all City buildings to the public today, March 19, at 5 p.m.  – until further notice. City staff will continue to work during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. In order to comply with the recommendations of local, state and federal health agencies, city staff are practicing social distancing by staggering in-office schedules and telecommuting. 

City employees may be reached by phone or email using this staff directory - www.kannapolisnc.gov/Contact-Us

We want to ensure that the recruitment of new businesses and economic development projects in our City continue to progress to the greatest extent possible during this time. Our planning, development, and engineering services are also available electronically – https://www.kannapolisnc.gov/Government-Departments/Planning and staff is available by phone or email. 

Economic Development questions and needs may be sent to Irene Sacks at isacks@kannapolisnc.gov or 704.920.4326.

Utility Services/Bills
During this time customers will need to pay your utility bill online, by postal mail, drive up drop box in the parking lot at City Hall or by telephone. All the information you need to pay your bill is located here – www.kannapolisnc.gov/UtilityBilling

We will not disconnect any customer’s water service during this difficult time. We suspended all service disconnections last week when it became clear that good hygiene habits prevent COVID-19.

Downtown Revitalization Project/Atrium Health Ballpark
Our downtown revitalization projects are moving forward. Final touches are underway on the Atrium Health Ballpark and it will be ready when Minor League Baseball and state and local health agencies deem it safe to start the baseball season. 

Construction on VIDA, the mixed-use district of apartments and businesses, is still underway and it is on schedule to open in February. The townhome project is still scheduled to start construction this Fall. Housing developments throughout the City are also still progressing.

Announcements for several new businesses who have signed leases along West Avenue are expected shortly and renovation of those spaces is underway. 

Stay Informed
In the upcoming days and weeks, we will continue to work with our community partners, businesses and you as we all struggle to find our new normal. Please follow us on social media and our website for daily updates and information.

What Can You Do to Help Our Community?
We are compiling a list of what we can do to help the missions of our non-profits. If you are a non-profit that has a need please contact Sherry Gordon at sgordon@kannapolisnc.gov. As we become aware of needs in our community, we will share them on our website and social media channels. 

We hope you understand that we are taking these measures in order to prevent community spread and hopefully to flatten the curve of COVID-19. We thank you for your patience as we all work together to keep everyone healthy.

 

March 13, 4 p.m.

Following N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s recommendations, we are emphasizing that you be cautious and use common sense in how you interact with each other to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are hopeful that the precautions we each take will help us save lives and prevent massive outbreaks of the virus.

Handwashing is critical. Self-quarantine if you have any symptoms particularly fever, shortness of breath and cough.

If you are over the age of 65 or have an underlying condition such as heart, liver, lung disease, diabetes or auto-immune diseases you should be vigilant in protecting your health.

We strongly discourage you from coming to City Hall if you are in the vulnerable category.  Instead of paying your water and sewer bill in person you are welcome to use our automated phone system, pay online, use our drop boxes at City Hall (indoors and in the parking lot), or mail your utility bill payment.  See this link for details – www.kannapolisnc.gov/utilitybilling

Beginning Monday, March 16 – the City will postpone or cancel all activities such as programs, special events and activities until April 14.

Postponed: Open House Celebration of the Atrium Health Ballpark, Rhythm and Run 5K, Spring it On Run, and Senior Day Trips. We will announce new dates for these events as soon as possible.

Cancelled: Daddy and Daughter Dance, Open Gym, Zumba, Cheer, Self-Defense Classes, Girls Who Code, dodgeball and all youth sports such as basketball and soccer.

The March and April City Council, Planning Board and Board of Adjustment meetings will continue as planned but social distancing guidelines will be followed.

All parks are open for your general use. We encourage you to stay healthy, Loop the Loop and enjoy the parks and greenways – however all rentals of shelters, and events planned in the parks are canceled until April 14. The train and carousel in Village Park will not open until April 14.

All rental of City facilities such as the Laureate Center, Train Station and Village Park Program Room, are cancelled as of Monday, March 16. If you have rented a city facility, please contact ecox@kanapolisnc.gov to reschedule your event or activity. Deposits will be refunded upon request.

These best community health practices will remain in effect until April 14 when we will reassess.

 

 

March 12, 6 p.m.

Following N.C. Governor Roy Cooper’s mandates, we are emphasizing that you be cautious and use common sense in how you interact with each other to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. We are hopeful that the precautions we each take will help us save lives and prevent massive outbreaks of the virus.

Handwashing is critical. Self- quarantine if you have any symptoms particularly fever, shortness of breath and cough.

If you are over the age of 65 or have an underlying condition such as heart, liver, lung disease, diabetes or auto-immune diseases you should be vigilant in protecting your health.

The City will continue to provide all services such as garbage, recycling, water, and emergency services.

We do encourage you to call or email us if you have questions about city services at 704.920.4300 or info@kannapolisnc.gov.

We strongly discourage you from coming to city hall if you are in the vulnerable category.  You are welcome to use our automated phone system, pay online, drop box at City Hall, or mail your utility bill payment versus paying in person.  See this link for details – www.kannapolisnc.gov/utilitybilling

Beginning on March 13 – the City will postpone or cancel all activities such as programs, special events and activities until April 14.

Postponed: Open House Celebration of the Atrium Health Ballpark), Rhythm and Run 5K. We will announce new dates for activities when appropriate.

Cancelled: Daddy and Daughter Dance, Open Gym, Zumba, Cheer, Self-Defense Classes, and all youth sports such as basketball.

All rental of city facilities such as the Laureate Center and Train Station, are cancelled. If you have rented a city facility, please contact ecox@kanapolisnc.gov to reschedule your event or activity. We will refund your deposit if you do not wish to reschedule.

These best community health practices will remain in effect until April 14 when we will reassess.