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Cancellations follow coronavirus emergency declaration

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NASHVILLE — Nash County Board of Commissioners Chairman Robbie Davis declared a state of emergency Monday to fight the spread of COVID-19.

The announcement follows similar declarations from President Donald Trump and Gov. Roy Cooper, who signed Executive Order No. 117 that prohibits gathering of more than 100 people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends gatherings inside or outside of more than 50 people be canceled for the next eight weeks.

“Nash County is committed to the health and safety of its citizens and is working diligently to address this matter,” Davis said in a press release.

Several businesses, organizations and agencies have enacted emergency measures to comply with the declarations and help prevent the virus from spreading.

The Middlesex Police Department has suspended all non-emergency activity.

The Middlesex Children’s Home canceled its annual Home Run 5K race.

The Bailey Town Board of Commissioners canceled its meeting that was scheduled for Monday.

The Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that its community yard sale set for Saturday has been canceled.

The Country Doctor Museum in Bailey is closed until further notice.

Banks across the state are encouraging customers to utilize drive-thru, ATM, internet and mobile banking channels for transaction services. Some banks have closed or limited lobby access, said Brianna Reeder, communications director for the N.C. Bankers Association.

While Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools are closed, meals will be served similar to the district’s annual summer feeding programs, but with drive thru and pickup meals only.

Meals will be served from 10:30 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. on weekdays. In southern Nash County, meals will be available and free to all children 18 and younger at Bailey Elementary and Spring Hope Elementary.

For more information, call School Nutrition Services at 252-462-2491.

Most Superior and District Court cases statewide — including in Nash County — are postponed for at least 30 days.

Chief Deputy Brandon Medina of the Nash County Sheriff’s Office announced cancellation of visits to the Nash County Detention Center in Nashville.

Attorneys can call the jail at 252-452-1533 to schedule a phone call with their clients.

“We will make every effort to accommodate all requests,” Medina said. “However, please know space and staffing are limited.”

Sheriff Keith Stone said the sheriff’s office is open for business 24 hours a day with a focus on gangs, guns and drugs.

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