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3/12/2020 5:11:00 PM
As a side note to this article, let this reporter express an opinion: I am VERY tired of reading Facebook comments from people who keep claiming that COVID-19 is media hype.  Among such comments were responses to an article we posted that was the official City of Lincolnton & Lincoln County government update on the virus.  Neither this article--nor anything else we have published about the coronavirus--is 'hype' and is not published for the purpose of causing alarm or panic.  The public (our readers) have a right to know things that affect their lives--whether it's the virus or anything else--and we will continue to report on those things we believe the public needs to know.

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

Among the latest news related to the COVID-19 virus:

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has announced it will postpone the 2020 high school basketball state championships indefinitely. The Newton-Conover girls team from our area was scheduled to play for the 2A championship on Saturday.  

The NCHSAA has also suspended all interscholastic athletics from 11:59 PM Friday (March 13th) through Monday April 6th. The NCHSAA Board of Directors will assess the situation regularly over the next few weeks. The suspension includes all workouts, skill development, practices and contests.

Civitas has announced that it will postpone its Conservative Leadership Conference which had been scheduled for April 17-18.

UPDATE: The Catawba County Republican Party Convention has been cancelled --- The convention was going to be held Saturday but it has now been cancelled.

Area hospitals have announced visitation restrictions. Atrium Health announced Wednesday that only immediate family members, aged 13 and over, will be able to take part in hospital visiting hours unless deemed absolutely necessary by the patient’s healthcare team. CaroMont Medical Center in Gastonia announced similar restrictions.

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Several area nursing homes have instituted visitation restrictions including some who are not allowing any visitation. Most were unwilling to elaborate when contacted by our reporter, but said they were following CDC guidelines. What are those guidelines? The CDC says because of the ease of spread in a long-term care setting and the severity of illness that occurs in residents with COVID-19, facilities should discourage visitation and begin screening visitors even before COVID-19 is identified in their community. Facilities should send letters or emails to families advising them to consider postponing or using alternative methods for visitation (e.g., video conferencing) during the next several months; post signs at entrances instructing visitors not to enter if they have fever or symptoms of a respiratory infection; have visitors sign visitor logs in case contact tracing becomes necessary. The CDC also advises asking all visitors about fever or symptoms of respiratory infection ( cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath); or may have traveled internationally within the last 14 days; or may have come in contact with an individual with COVID-19. When allowed, visitors should be encouraged to frequently perform hand hygiene and limit their movement and interactions with others in the facility.

[A friend in a nursing home in Cherryville had an Echo Show and an Echo Dot taken away because the facility didn't allow them. They may want to reconsider that policy in light of what's happening now.]

Catawba County Senior Nutrition Services is temporarily closing all Catawba County Seniors Morning Out (SMO) sites effective Monday (March 16th). The March 17th gospel concert featuring Billy Ramseur has been cancelled. During this time, all SMO participants will still have the ability to receive meals and will receive daily phone calls from Senior Nutrition Services staff. Senior Nutrition Services is evaluating the situation daily and will make the decision to reopen sites when it is appropriate to do so.

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce has decided to postpone or cancel all large gatherings until April 30th. That includes the First Friday Morning Brew which had been scheduled for April 3rd and Future of Catawba County Summit on April 7th.

Charlotte National College Fair cancelled -- The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has cancelled the Charlotte National College Fair originally scheduled for March 22nd at the Park Expo and Conference Center.

The sixth annual West vs Midwest 1A All-Star Basketball Games and Banquet that had been scheduled for next Saturday (March 21st) at Cherokee High School, Cherokee, North Carolina, has been postponed and may be rescheduled later.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper held a news conference Thursday and issued a request that all assemblies of 100 or more persons be postponed or cancelled for the time being.  

We will continue to monitor the information we receive from various sources and will continue to report on things we believe you need to know including cancellations and postponements of events.

The Lincolnton High School Spring Musical "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is still on for Friday, Saturday & Sunday at the Lincoln Cultural Center.  Performances are scheduled for 7 PM Friday & Saturday evenings and 3 PM Sunday afternoon.  Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and will be available at the door. 

As of 11:30 AM Friday, the annual Price is Right for Fighting Child Abuse event is also still on--as scheduled--Saturday evening at the Citizens Center.  Those attending will have a chance to play a game, spin the big wheel and  possibly win prizes including a lawn mower, beach house vacation, 58' 4K TV,  furniture, laptops, a family of 4 trip to Disney, and CASH. To purchase tickets call 704-736-1155 or they are available at the door. Tickets are $10 and are also available at First Federal locations and at the Child Advocacy Center.

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