Rep. Garland E. Pierce

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05/29/2020

FREE FOOD PANTRY GIVEAWAY
June 1st raindate
2pm-until

193 Gillis Hill Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28306

For more information contact:
Betty (910) 496-5787
Al (404) 971-7408
Janice (910) 703-4064

May 22, 2020- North Carolina Enters “Safer at Home” Phase 2Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will move i...
05/27/2020
NC DHHS COVID-19: COVID-19 North Carolina Dashboard

May 22, 2020- North Carolina Enters “Safer at Home” Phase 2
Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina will move into Safer At Home Phase 2 of lifting COVID-19 restrictions on Friday, May 22 at 5 pm. Read Executive Order No. 141.
After two weeks in Phase 1, the state’s overall key indicators remain stable but the continued increases in daily case counts signal a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.
Evaluating the Data
Here are the metrics North Carolina is monitoring:
• Syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing for over 14 days. This is a leading indicator of the disease’s trajectory.
• The number of lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases is increasing. But the trajectory of the percentage of tests returning positive has been decreasing and is starting to level.
• Hospitalizations are level.
• NC has more than doubled its daily testing rates with more than 8,000 tests completed daily on average. More than 300 testing sites across North Carolina are posted on the DHHS testing information website.
• The Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative has already hired more than 150 new contact tracers adding to the 250 already working at our local health departments.
• Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) supply chains are improving.

What’s included in Safer At Home Phase 2?
Phase 2 lifts the Stay At Home order moving into a Safer At Home recommendation, especially for people at high risk for serious illness. Teleworking is also urged when possible.
Mass gathering limits in Phase 2 will be no more than 10 people indoors or 25 people outdoors in most circumstances. These limits apply to the following: event venues, conference centers, stadiums and sports arenas, amphitheaters, and groups at parks or beaches.
Some businesses will remain closed in Phase 2 including: bars, night clubs, gyms and indoor fitness facilities, indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters, and bowling alleys.
Certain businesses will be open at limited capacity with other requirements and recommendations including:
· restaurants at 50% dine-in capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements;
· personal care businesses, including salons and barbers, at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements and mandatory face coverings.
· pools at 50% capacity with distancing and cleaning requirements.
Childcare facilities, day camps and overnight camps will be open with enhanced cleaning and screening requirements. Retail businesses allowed to open in Phase 1 at 50% capacity will continue at that level.
Public health recommendations are provided for worship services to practice enhanced social distancing and other cleaning and hygiene practices.
The Safer At Home Phase 2 runs through at least Friday, June 26.

Update on COVID-19 Case Count
According to the Department of Health and Human Service’s official count as of May 26, North Carolina has 24,140 cases. There are 621 people hospitalized with COVID-19 with 766 confirmed deaths.
You can visit the state’s COVID-19 dashboard to see how we are doing on the important benchmarks we need to meet to ease stay-at-home restrictions and see demographic data, zip code counts, and other info:
https://covid19.ncdhhs.gov/dashboard

Provide Affordable Broadband Access to North Carolina
I am proud to sponsor (or support) House Bill 1122 to provide affordable broadband access to all corners of our state.
If passed the bill would:
· Establish a $5 million Homework Grants pilot project;
· Invest $85 million in the Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology (GREAT) program;
· Expand health benefit coverage of telehealth services;
· Allow local governments’ more authority to expand broadband to their citizens.
The COVID-19 crisis has made it crystal clear that we need better broadband service. Small businesses and farmers need it to serve global markets. Students need it for school work. Citizens, especially seniors, need it for telehealth services.
The demand for better broadband is immediate and is one of my top priorities in working on a State Budget.

05/26/2020

FREE FOOD PANTRY GIVEAWAY
Friday, May 29th
3pm-until

193 Gillis Hill Rd
Fayetteville, NC 28306

For more information contact:
Betty (910) 496-5787
Al (404) 971-7408
Janice (910) 703-4064

05/18/2020
COVID-19 Testing - Harris Teeter

May 12, 2020

Media Contacts:
Danna Robinson, [email protected]om, 704-844-3904
Nicole Case, [email protected], 704.844.3209

Harris Teeter announces free COVID-19 drive-thru testing sites in North and South Carolina

Matthews, N.C. – Harris Teeter today announced it will partner with Kroger Health and The Little Clinic to offer free COVID-19 tests for qualifying individuals in the Carolinas.

Testing will begin Friday, May 15 at the following locations:

• Guilford County – City of High Point Parking Deck – 120 West Commerce Ave. High Point, N.C. 27260.
• Hoke County – Don Steed Elementary School – 800 Philippi Church Rd. Raeford, N.C. 28376
• Charleston County – Charleston Convention Center – 5000 Coliseum Drive - North Charleston, S.C. 29418

Testing will be conducted three days a week from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments will be available each Friday, Saturday & Monday through May 30, with the exception of Memorial day.

“Harris Teeter is committed to being there for our communities when they need us most,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “We’re grateful we are able partner with Guilford, Hoke and Charleston counties to provide free testing to qualified community members.”

Tests are available to qualifying individuals by appointment only. Individuals must schedule an appointment by visiting www.harristeeter.com/covidtesting.

“Kroger Health is proud to partner with Harris Teeter in this important effort to combat the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Colleen Lindholz, President of Kroger Health. “This aligns perfectly with our vision, which is to help people live healthier lives.”

This onsite testing is supported with the laboratory services provided by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

www.harristeeter.com

Harris Teeter, with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR). The regional grocery chain employs approximately 30,000 associates and operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

Harris Teeter is partnering with The Kroger Co and The Little Clinic to offer COVID-19 testing at select locations.

05/14/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 14, 2020
Phone: 919-814-2100
Email: [email protected]

North Carolina’s Key COVID-19 Indicators Remain Stable
Phase 1 remains in effect, more time needed to watch key indicators
List of more than 200 testing locations now available on DHHS website
RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen today shared an update on North Carolina’s key COVID-19 indicators. The data and trends show that North Carolina remains stable nearly one week into Phase 1.
“Our COVID-19 decisions are guided by the data and the science,” said Cooper. “We will use the time in this phase to keep a careful eye on the data and the indicators before we are ready to announce the start of Phase 2. North Carolinians should continue to stay home if they can and take precautions to keep themselves safe.”
“Continued stability in these trends is a real positive for our state. While we remain on a good path for the 14-day trends we need to see to move to Phase 2, our progress as a state is still dependent on our individual actions,” said Dr. Cohen. “We need to continue to protect our loved ones and our neighbors. If you leave home, practice three Ws – wear, wait and wash.”
Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen also announced that DHHS now has a list of testing locations on the DHHS website. The list includes more than 200 sample collection sites in 54 counties, with more being added as they are verified. The list is comprised of health care providers, pharmacies and retail locations, local health departments and others that are providing testing for COVID-19. Some of the sites that are federally funded do not cost anything for the individual being tested. Doctors and clinicians may also provide testing at their offices.
Based on the metrics laid out last month by Governor Cooper and Secretary Cohen, officials need to continue watching the trends before announcing a shift into Phase 2.
Secretary Cohen reported North Carolina remains stable on the following key metrics:
Trajectory in COVID-Like Illness (CLI) Surveillance Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s syndromic surveillance trend for COVID-like illness is decreasing.
Trajectory of Lab-Confirmed Cases Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s trajectory of lab-confirmed cases is slightly increasing.
Trajectory in Percent of Tests Returning Positive Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s trajectory in percent of tests returning positive has been decreasing and is starting to level.
Trajectory in Hospitalizations Over 14 Days
• North Carolina’s trajectory of hospitalizations is level.
In addition to these metrics, the state continues building capacity to be able to adequately respond to an increase in virus spread. These areas include:
Laboratory Testing
• North Carolina has doubled the daily testing rate from approximately 2,500-3,000 to more than 6,000
Tracing Capability
• The Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative has already hired close to 100 new contact tracers adding to the 250 already working at our local health departments.
Personal Protective Equipment
• Supply chains continue to improve with the exception of gowns.
The Phase 1 executive Order remains in effect until 5 pm on Friday, May 22.
However, the end of this Order does not necessarily mean the state will move to Phase 2. Phase 2 will only start if data and indicators remain stable.
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May 14, 2020DR-4393-NC NR 211Media Contact: 919-825-2514News ReleaseMore Than $1.9 Million Approved for Laurinburg Housi...
05/14/2020
NC DPS: Hurricane Florence 2018

May 14, 2020
DR-4393-NC NR 211
Media Contact: 919-825-2514
News Release
More Than $1.9 Million Approved for Laurinburg Housing Authority

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State of North Carolina and FEMA are announcing more than $1.9 million to reimburse Hurricane Florence-related expenses to a Scotland County public housing facility.

The funds reimburse repairs made to the McIntosh Apartments in Laurinburg. Expenses include replacing appliances, bathroom fixtures and structural components at multiple structures damaged during Hurricane Florence-related flooding.

“The City of Laurinburg is extremely pleased to hear of the announcement that the Laurinburg Housing Authority will receive $1.9 million of reimbursable expenses from Hurricane Florence,” said Laurinburg City Manager Charles D. Nichols III.

FEMA has approved a total of more than $2.3 million in Hurricane Florence-related expenses to the Housing Authority of the Town of Laurinburg.

The Public Assistance program provides grants for state and local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations to reimburse the cost of debris removal, emergency protective measures and permanent repair work.

Public Assistance is a cost-sharing program. FEMA reimburses applicants at least 75 percent of eligible costs, and the remaining amount is covered by the state. The federal share is paid directly to the state, which disburses funds to agencies, local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations that incurred costs.

FEMA’s share for this project is more than $1.4 million and the state’s share is more than $476,000.

For more information on North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence, visit ncdps.gov/Florence and FEMA.gov/Disaster/4393. Follow us on Twitter: @NCEmergency and @FEMARegion4.
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05/13/2020

Ambulatory surgery center to reopen next week

Southeastern Health’s The Surgery Center at Southeastern Health Park will reopen on Monday, May 18. The center will be open for surgeries on Mondays and Wednesdays.

“We are excited to be able to offer outpatient surgery again at this location which offers so much convenience for our patients,” said SeHealth COVID-19 Incident Commander Jason Cox, who also serves as SeHealth VP and Southeastern Regional Medical Center Chief Operating Officer. “We will be implementing all of the same safety protocols that are in place at SRMC to ensure that our patients can get the surgical care they need and want in a safe environment.”

Visitors will be limited and patients will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and given a mask before entering the surgical facility, which is located on the first floor of the Southeastern Health Park on Dawn Drive in Lumberton.

Employees of the center will also be screened before being allowed to report to work and wear masks and personal protective equipment, or PPE, throughout their shift. Hand hygiene reminders will be in place for both patients and employees.

Anyone interested in having outpatient surgery performed at the center should consult with their surgeon.

For more information, call (910) 887-2361.

05/11/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2020
Phone: 919-814-2100
Email: [email protected]

North Carolina receives federal disaster declaration for
February storms, tornadoes and flooding
RALEIGH: The White House and FEMA have granted Governor Roy Cooper’s April 9 request for a federal disaster declaration for eighteen counties that suffered damages from severe storms, flooding and tornadoes in February.
“These strong storms caused damage in North Carolina, and this disaster declaration will help local communities that are recovering and making repairs,” said Governor Cooper.
Severe storms moved through the state on February 6, leaving downed trees, flooding and widespread power outages. Strong winds the following day caused more power outages. Preliminary damage assessments from the affected counties totaled about $15.9 million. More than 300 roads were closed or impassable and one person died in a weather-related vehicle crash in Gaston County.
State, local and tribal governments in Alexander, Ashe, Cherokee, Cleveland, Graham, Madison, Mitchell, Pender, Perquimans, Polk, Randolph, Rutherford, Stanly, Stokes, Swain, Wayne, Yadkin, and Yancey counties along with certain non-profits are eligible for reimbursement through FEMA’s Public Assistance program for emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities. The declaration also provides Hazard Mitigation assistance in the affected areas.

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05/01/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2020
Contact: Representative Pierce, [email protected]

REPRESENTATIVE PIERCE SUPPORTS COVID-19 RESPONSE BILL THAT PASSES NC HOUSE
Today the North Carolina House of Representatives passed its first major COVID-19 response bill. “There are a lot of people and small businesses hurting right now,” said Representative Pierce. “I am proud to support a relief package that will help.”

House Bill 1043 passed the NC House today. It now goes to the NC Senate for its consideration. The NC Senate yesterday passed a bill with much lower levels of support for public schools, public health, and assistance to local areas.

“There are a lot of good parts to our relief package, but here are a few highlights:

· $75 million in small business assistance loans through Golden LEAF
· $50 million for Private Protective Equipment (PPE) and other COVID-19 supplies
· $25 million for expanded testing and tracing needed to get NC back to work
· $125 million for grants to North Carolina hospitals
· $80 million to help local schools with school nutrition
· $70 million for summer K-12 learning programs
· $82 million for remote K-12 learning
· $35 million for K-12 mental health services
· $25 million for North Carolina’s community colleges
· $79 million for North Carolina’s universities
· $110 million to create a COVID-19 Response Research Fund in state universities to work on a vaccine and other innovations
· $300 million for transportation projects and jobs to make up for declining gas tax revenue that normally funds transportation
· $350 million for local governments struggling with COVID-19 costs
· $25 million to public health departments and rural providers
· $40 million for COVID-19 Medicaid costs
· $25 million for behavioral health
· $6 million to food banks
· $25 million for domestic violence shelters, housing, and adult/child protective services
· $2.25 million for foster care
· $25 million for rural and underserved areas hard hit by the epidemic

“I am glad to work across party lines to support this bill,” said Representative Pierce. “It is not perfect, but will do a lot of good. I will keep working on needed long-term fixes that we did not address today like Medicaid Expansion, strengthening the unemployment system for laid-off workers, and improved family leave.”

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Rep. Pierce,, please post the latest info on the unemployment monies, and the emergency food stamps. People in our county (Scotland) need help navigating the system. They are calling and calling and going online and not getting any results..PLEASE HELP,, Thanking you for all you do,,
the Golden LEAF Scholarship Program is now open. Please help us spread the word to high school students in your district by directing them to the College Foundation of North Carolina’s website. Program information is available linked here. The Golden LEAF Scholarship provides $3,000 per year for up to 4 years for high school students from rural, economically distressed and/or tobacco dependent communities. Approximately 215 scholarships will be awarded. Applications are due March 1.
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I would like to thank you and your fellow Democrats that broke ranks and voted to allow the most fragile amoung us a chance for survival.
Thank you sir for taking a stand for what is right, and voting to stop the governors veto. Thank you for taking the stand to stop infanticide.
Thank you for caring about the babies. I am not a fan of Democrats but you sir need to recognized for taking a stand and protecting babies. God bless you
Thank you for doing the right thing and working to overrule Cooper’s veto on the abortion bill. You are a good man to work to protect these babies! May God bless you!
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