Cumberland County gears up to deal with COVID-19 pandemic

Cumberland County News

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The Cumberland County Emergency Operations Center has been activated in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Although we do not have a positive case of the infection right now in Cumberland County, we are preparing for that day and this is a proactive measure to ensure we have the flexibility and resources needed,” Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Marshall Faircloth said Monday.

The county will be updating its website with any changes to county services and events.

The county information line will be operating weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 910-678-7657.

Cape Fear Valley Health Center also has a line open at 910-615-5460.

All county employee travel and events, unless mandatory, have been suspended for two weeks.

Court cases scheduled between March 16 to April 17 will be rescheduled for a later date, with limited exceptions.

Cape Fear Valley Health System CEO Mike Nagowski said they have the ability to add more patient beds at other facilities if needed.

They are providing additional staff support, including expanding the employee daycare program since schools are closed.

“The last thing we need is for 20 percent of our workforce who are direct patient caregivers to not come to work,” Nagoski said. “We’re a very busy medical center and we need those healthcare professionals to be there.”

The hospital and city and county leaders say they’re in constant contact and prepared to help the community as this pandemic develops.

“We’re in a little bit unprecedented territory here, but this is the work that we do so we are prepared to respond and will continue to work with the state health department,” said Dr. Jennifer Green, with the Cumberland County Health Department.

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